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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 February 2019
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek - Cypriot doctor on trial for trying to save his daughter’s life THEODORA MAIOS Greek-Cypriot Dr Jack Kerry (Kyriacou), a doctor who gave CPR to his daughter in his clinic two years ago following a heroin overdose, is on trial for treating her and saving her life. He rushed to his daughter despite evidence that her friend, 43-year-old Luke Pike, was in a worse physical state than her. Athena Kyriacou survived but Lucas Pike, who had also overdosed on heroin, could not be revived and died shortly after. Dr Kerry won't speak publicly about what actually took place at his Hindley Street clinic on 4 March, 2016, but during the South Austral- ian Coroner's Court hearing on Thursday, the doctor was repeatedly asked to explain why he continued CPR on his daughter while she still had a pulse, despite evidence that Pike was in a worse physical state than her. "Fatherly instinct. I went straight to my daughter," he responded. "You did so even though Mr Pike appeared to be in a far worse state than your daughter?" he was asked. "Yes," Dr Kerry responded adding that he thought that Pike had had a cardiac arrest. "One look at him. His lips were blue… his face was a reddish hue, not moving at all. I thought he was dead." The court also heard that the heroin was injected by Delays to Greek pensions Neos Kosmos has been the recipient of many complaints by frustrated elders in our community, who have tried in vain to contact the social security services in Greece, seeking a response on why their pensions have not been paid. In one case, a Greek Australian pensioner lodged an application to Greece through Centrelink in 2016 and is still waiting for a pension to be granted by the Social Security Foundation (IKA), despite having recently received confirmation that his application has been processed. Another Greek Australian eligible for a pension by the Agricultural Insurance Organisation (OGA), has reported that the Greek fund has misinformed Centrelink that pension payments have gone through, while this has never happened. Similar incidents have been reported by Greek pensioners living in the United States. In more than one occasion, it has been reported that the Greek institutions have been sending out payment slips to the pensioners, which leads to the conclusion that delays could be the fault of Greek banks tasked with sending funds to financial institutions abroad. Greek social security services refuse to reveal the names of the banks they deal with which makes it hard to resolve issues. As far as Australia is concerned, Centrelink is unable to intervene, as such delays do not affect the sum of pension paid by Australian funds. Neos Kosmos has tried to contact social security services and funds in Greece to no avail. the pair's friend Mark Campbell. Dr Kerry denied removing evidence of the drug used from the scene (including syringes) and told the court Mark Campbell left the room with the syringe in his hand and returned less than a minute later without it. "I believed he was guilty of the crime – administering heroin to two innocent people," Dr Kerry said. Dr Jack Kerry is on trial after trying to revive his daughter from a drug overdose. In a statement to police, Dr Kerry's daughter Athena Kyriacou, revealed that her brother — and Dr Kerry's only son — had previously died of a drug overdose 11 years ago. Giving evidence on Wednesday, Ms Kyriacou said both Pike and Campbell, who passed away in 2017, were patients of her father's and that Campbell had connections to her late brother. Some of the questions put to Dr Kerry by Counsel assisting the coroner, Naomi Kereru, were on behalf of Pike's father, brother and sister, who also attended the inquest that is expected to finish on Friday. Members of the Greek and Cypriot community as well as the broader South Australian community have taken to social media to express their support towards Dr. Kerry, noting that he did "what any parent would do in a similar situation." How Greek parliamantarians react to the Medevac legislation Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos and Labor MP for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas weigh in on the vote that allows refugees to be transferred from detention to Australia to receive medical care NIKOS FOTAKIS The vote for the Medical Evacuation Bill, which allows for asylum seekers in detention to be transferred to Australia to receive medical treatment was seen as the first sign that Australia might be softening its border policy. The ratification of the bill was also seen as a defeat for the Coalition government, which became the first government in 90 years to have lost a policy decision on the floor. 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For the Labor and myself, this bill was always about sick people who are within our care, to get the medical treatment they need. The government must now listen to the advice of doctors - which is normal, anyway." Following the ratification Labor Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/MICK TSIKAS of the bill, Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave a press conference in which he assured that Australia's border policy remains strong as ever and stated that he's "not going to be lectured by Labor" on this issue. Steve Georganas refutes this stance as part of a scare campaign by the PM. "He can say whatever he likes. This bill doesn't change anything about our border security. We can be tough on borders without being cruel to sick people who need medical care," he said, stressing that "the amendment ensures that this legislation only applies to the people who are currently in regional processing; this removes any incentive for others to seek their way here." Senator Arthur Sinodinos begs to differ."If people are saying that this will not fundamentally make a difference to our border protection regime, why then did they have to pass this legislation?" he said. "My concern about this legislation that was passed is that it sends a signal that if you can put sufficient pressure on the Australian goverment, you can make it easier to bring people to Australia and that is the selling point that the people smugglers will use to entice more people." Australia's border policy has been the target of severe criticism by human rights organisations - not least among them the United Nations Human Rights Commitee, which has has gone so far as to urge Australia to end offshore processing. "We respect the UN and we work closely with international organisations on migration," Senator Sinodinos says, explaining that "the fact of the matter is, as we've seen in many countries overseas that have lost control of their borders, [when that happens] the public then reacts in becoming even more inward looking and putting up the shutters. We don't want to do that. We want to continue to be generous in welcoming new migrants and genuine refugees to Australia but we want to send the signal that Australia knows how to control its own borders. Look at what's happened in Europe, look at what's happened in Greece."
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