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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 April 2018
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Liberal MP Eleni Petinos criticised for attending Commonwealth Games amid threatening fires The NSW Liberal MP has come under fire for heading to Gold Coast while her electorate was under serious threat Miranda Liberal MP Eleni Petinos has come under fire for her response to the fire emergency that threatened her electorate over the weekend. The Greek Australian flew to the Gold Coast to watch a netball event at the Commonwealth Games as more than 3,000 hectares in her electorate were burning due to what has been revealed to be a deliberately lit fire. In a statement released on Monday, Ms Petinos acknowledged that she took personally funded travel on Sunday to attend a single Commonwealth Games event, but said that she "remained in constant contact with the acting minister receiving updates throughout the day". To follow, the MP took to her Facebook page, posting a photograph of herself attending a bushfire briefing at Menai Bushfire Brigade with the caption: "One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time". "I dropped in to Menai Bushfire Brigade yesterday to thank some of the amazing men and women who have been keeping our community safe." It is not the first time Ms Petinos has attracted negative media attention since being elected. With a reputation for being controversial, earlier this year she was exposed on social media for being involved in a racy text message scandal with Innovation Minister Matt Kean by his ex-girlfriend. #MeToo and the Greek Australian community The women’s Food For Thought Network is hosting a special event centred around the #MeToo movement In a bid to open up the #MeToo movement to the Greek Australian community, the Food For Thought Network (FFTN) is hosting an event next month to start the dialogue in a safe environment. Recognising the significance of the movement in the fight against harassment in the workplace and beyond, founder Varvara Ioannou and her team have put together an impressive panel of speakers to discuss sexual harassment, raise awareness and share experiences. Taking place on Wednesday 2 May, opening the FFTN's #MeToo seminar will be Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Natalie Hutchins. "We must break the silence and speak up as there is no room for sexual harassment in the workplace," said Ms Ioannou, who is a former HR manager. "One in four women experience sexual harassment in the workplace; this is unacceptable." While there can be huge negative impacts on the victim's physical and emotional health, Ms Ioannou says that there are costly Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Natalie Hutchins. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH consequences for all parties involved. Sexual harassment can harm an organisation's reputation, in addition to facing financial costs, legal liability, decreased productivity, employee turnover, increased sick leave, and an overall negative atmosphere. Taking part in the seminar are head of social policy at Maurice Blackburn, Jennifer Kanis; Jen Hargrave who presented at the Royal Commission for Domestic Vio- lence and heads policy with Women with Disabilities Victoria; and Professor Hannah Pieterman who looks at the workings of gender in the workplace, and what helps and hinders processes. "We are very fortunate to have been able to secure three outstanding speakers who will discuss the rights and responsibilities of victims, perpetrators, managers and organisations," said Helen Tachos, Deputy Chair of FFTN and convener of the event. There will also be a special guest speaker who will share her experiences as a whistle-blower against her harasser. The #MeToo seminar will take place on Wednesday 2 May at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Attendance is $50 (refreshments included). To book, visit trybooking. com/UNNF. Bookings close on Wednesday 25 April. For more, visit fftn.org.au Hellenic RSL commemorates Anzac Day Liberal MP Eleni Petinos. PHOTO: ST GEORGE & SUTHERLAND SHIRE LEADER Members of the community are welcome to take part in a march in Melbourne’s CBD on Wednesday 25 April to honour the fallen NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by ACM Printing, 126 Fairbank Road, Clayton South 3168. 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Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Editorial director: Nelly Skoufatoglou Journalists: Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Michael Sweet, George Stogiannou, Dean Kalimniou, Con Stamocostas, Theodora Maios, Vasilis Vasilas, Jim Claven Graphic design: Peter Kelidis Proofreaders: Allyson Griffith To pay their respects to the fallen, members of the Hellenic RSL are invited to attend the Anzac Day March on Wednesday 25 April. During the First World War, 330,000 Australians served, 62,000 lost their lives and 120,000 wounded. While it is a significant day for Australians and New Zealanders, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by their forces in WW1, it’s also of great importance to the Greek Australian community, as over 80 Greek Australians served in the Australian forces, including 12 at Gallipoli. Every year, thousands of people attend commemorative ceremonies to remember those who have served. People who wish to travel to the march by bus are advised to meet at the RSL in South Melbourne at 10.00 am for departure at 10.30 am, to arrive at the assembly area at Flinders Street by 12 noon. The march concludes at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1.00 pm. A bus will collect and return members to the club where light Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. PHOTO: SUPPLIED refreshments will be served at 1.30 pm. The Hellenic RSL is located at 14A Ferrars Pl, South Melbourne, VIC. For enquiries, call (03) 9699 9844.
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