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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018 3 NEWS The Evzones in action. PHOTO: THE FOUNDATION FOR HELLENIC STUDIES. Report reveals skilled migrants benefit Australia’s economy Conducted by the Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs, the results revealed that skilled migration helps curb the impacts of an ageing population just landed in Australia Nine Evzones The Evzones will be in Australia to help commemorate Anzac Day, marking a historic moment for the two countries THEODORA MAIOS By popular request, and after obtaining special permission from the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the contingent of the Presidential Guard (Evzones) landed in Adelaide on Tuesday night, where they are scheduled to stay for five days and attend activities hosted by the Foundation for Hellenic Studies with the support of the South Australian Government. The Evzones will also visit Sydney to participate in ceremonies marking both the anniversary of Anzac Day and the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, making their visit a historic moment for the relations of Greece and Australia. "We have been incredibly fortunate to have the Evzones visit South Australia for the second time in our history," said the Foundation for Hellenic Studies Chair, Greg Crafter AO. "This year's public program of events will offer many opportunities for South Australians to participate in the visit of the Guard. When at- tired and on duty, the Evzones are a sight to behold." A full program of free and public events is organised for the visit to Adelaide. Dressed in their ceremonial uniform, which is steeped in symbolism, they will pay their respects to the Anzacs who fought in Greece and Crete by marching to the War Memorial on North Terrace in Adelaide, and will take part in a pre-ANZAC commemorative wreath laying ceremony to be held at the War Memorial today. "Over 2,000 South Australians are expected to march behind the Evzones and witness the commemoration of those who served in the Great War and other theatres of war with a wreath-laying ceremony attended by the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, the Consul General of Greece in Adelaide AndreasKonstantinos Gouras, MPs, representatives from the Australian Defence Force, the RSL, the Greek community, and South Australian students," said media coordinator, Connie Costi. The Evzones will remain at the memorial with chang- ing of the Guard ceremony scheduled to take place at 11.00 am, 12 midday, 1.00 pm, and at 2.00 pm. "I was overwhelmed to see the Evzones march last year in Adelaide and I look forward to this year's visit," said 91-year-old Stergios Mitkas, who was born in 1927 in a village called Flambouro in Greece's northern regional unit of Florina, and migrated to Australia in 1954. "Although military duties were compulsory for most, I was exempt as I was the eldest son of an orphaned family. Orphaned at 13 years of age, I would watch and admire the soldiers in our village knowing that I wouldn't be able to emulate those duties. I recall back in Flambouro, that many students would dress up as Evzones on National Days. I especially admired the Evzones for their discipline and imposing presence. "They demonstrate courage, commitment and honour. Such is their influence for both the youth and the elders of our community," added Mr Mitkas. Planned visits include St Basil's Homes in South Australia, where the leader of the Evzones will give a speech recounting the history of the Presidential Guard. They will also head to the Ridleyton Homes for the Aged, and, after changing into their official ceremonial dress, to St George College where the students will have the opportunity to meet with them and ask questions regarding their role in the military of Greece. Evzones will also attend the Liturgy and Ceremonial procession from St George Church in Thebarton to St George College to attend the St George's Paniyiri tomorrow, Sunday 22 April. Members of the Hellenic Presidential Guard will stay in Adelaide until Monday before they depart for Sydney. Their visit will conclude on Monday 30 April. "There is no guarantee that they will return next year, therefore, I urge all South Australians to witness the Evzones and acknowledge the significant historical relationship between Australians and the Guards – it stretches back generations," said Mr Crafter. A new report has confirmed that skilled migration to Australia is of benefit to the country's wealth, calling into question the debate about whether there is a need to cut immigration from the current 190,000 annual cap. Released on Tuesday, the research for the Shaping a Nation report was conducted by the federal Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs. Citing estimates by the International Monetary Fund, it revealed that the migration program will add up to one per cent of the country's annual average GDP over five years from 2020 to 2025. The reason for this is that migrants' participation in the workforce helps to limit the economic impact of an ageing population, which Australia is experiencing. "Migrants deliver an economic dividend for Australia due to current policy settings which favour migrants of working age who have skills to contribute to the economy," the report states. PHOTO: AUSTRALIASNORTHERNTERRITORY. COM.AU The contribution of skilled migrants to tax revenue was found to generally exceed any claims in government support. In fact the report warned against reducing immigration; if the numbers are not at the very least maintained, it will result in significantly lower economic growth. "In the absence of migration, Australia's workforce would begin shrinking in absolute terms by 2020," said the report. The report did reveal how- ever that while migration has its benefits, if the population grows at an excessive rate that it could put pressure on infrastructure and housing, which needs to be addressed. Mikakos looks to give young people a voice The Minister for Youth Affairs opened the second Victorian Youth Summit this week, with a focus on achieving harmony through diversity Hundreds of young people turned out for the Victorian Youth Summit on Friday, the second event of its kind in just under a month, to have their voices heard. Hosted at Melbourne Park Function Centre, the event, with a theme of Harmony through Diversity, was opened by Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos. "This is a summit for young people, by young people – it's about creating an opportunity for them to raise the issues they care about," Ms Mikakos said. "Young people overwhelmingly make a valuable contribution to our state and I'm proud to support them." Spoken word poet and author Abe Nouk hosted the event. The keynote address was delivered by 2018 Commonwealth Games star, 16-year-old Isis Holt, who was joined on the podium by filmmakers Ayan Yusuf and Daniel Schultheis, AFLW player Emma Kearney, and spoken word poetry workshop leaders Zaynab Farah and Bobuq Sayed. The demographic was aged between 12 to 25, and participants had a platform to discuss an array of issues pertaining to both the Greek and wider Australian community, including acceptance, inclusion and equality in a bid to create strong and welcoming communities. They participated in a range of workshops, where they had the chance to share their ideas to strengthen social cohesion and community harmony. The Victorian Youth Summit is the flagship event of the state's first ever Victorian Youth Week, co-designed by a Summit Design team featuring Victorian Youth Congress members and young people from peak youth associations.
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