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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 NEWS Scott Morrison’s memorable visit to the Greek Centre Australian PM Scott Morrison is a natural when it comes to Greek dancing. PHOTO: K. DEVES ZOE THOMAIDOU Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison might have been unable to attend this year's Lonsdale Street Greek Festival but his visit at the "home" of the Greek Community of Melbourne on Thursday, featuring traditional cuisine and dancing at its best, most likely compensated for the absence.Joined by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman and the Liberal Party candidate for Chisholm, Gladys Liu, Mr. Morrison arrived for his first ever visit at the 'Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture' shortly after 2pm. Following a brief tour around the facilities that get more than 1,400 visitors per week, guests also got a glimpse into the Greek teaching classrooms and watched a brief video about the GCM's activities, Mr Morrison had a one-on-one meeting with GCM President Bill Papastergiadis. The state of Greek language teaching, pensions and the needs of newly arrived migrants were among the topics discussed. As Mr. Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos, the PM's visit is part of the ongoing communication GCM has with the government to ensure demands of the Greek community are taken into account by the country's leadership.The visit was concluded at the Greek Centre's Melina restaurant, with officials given a warm welcome sampling Greek cuisine and watching a traditional dance performance. Spirits were high with the PM even joined Mr Papastergiadis in the dancing circle for a tsamiko! GREEK COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP IS EXEMPLARY Mr Morrison gave his own personal insight into the success of tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, but also spoke of the significant contribution that migrants have contributed to Australia citing studies that have shown that first and second generation migrants are consistently do well in any metric that considers the population as a whole."It's impossible to think about Melbourne without thinking about the Greek community, these two ideas are inseparable," said Mr Morrison in his opening address stressing that the Greek community broadly has helped "built a great [Australian] nation" with their contribution pervasive across Scott Morrison and Bill Papastergiadis the country. He also made special mention to the Greek Community's leadership in Melbourne having set the standard for all communities to work towards, through helping their members become part of the nation and establishing a high level of social services. Mr Papastergiaidis also spoke about the GCM's outreach citing the work that it had just commenced with the assistance of former Neos Kosmos English editor Fotis Kapetopoulos and the South Sudanese community who were looking at the GCM as mentors.The Prime Minister said that it was a great development and in fact was what he expected an organisation with the international reputation that the GCM had to be doing. He was impressed by the volume of education programs Community language grants The Morrison Government has committed $10 million through the Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program to support not-for-profit community language schools. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Grants Program would deliver a stronger Australia and invest in the future of Australia's workforce to help them compete in an increasingly multilingual global market. and cultural activity. Finally, the PM stressed the government's ongoing commitment in supporting the work of the Greek community, at which point Mr Papastergiadis intervened to remind attendees of the $2m federal funding that was directed towards constructing the Greek Centre's building. In appreciation of his contribution to multiculturalism and his visit to the Greek Centre, Mr Morrison was awarded an honorary plaque. During the event, plaques honouring their contribution towards the realisation of "The Kaias Education Level" and "The Delphi Bank Mezzanine Level" were also presented respectively to Mr Greg Kaias and head of Delphi Bank Mr Jim Sarris. *See more photos on Pages 8-9 in today's Greek section of Neos Kosmos. Delphi Bank celebrates women in business ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS Fresh off the back of International Women's Day last week, Delphi Bank took the opportunity to host a special luncheon to honour women in business. Hosted at restaurant Matilda, professional women from a variety of sectors were in attendance. Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Streamline Press Pty Ltd, 155 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Web: www.neoskosmos.com Letters Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: No. 6166 Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Letters should not be more than 200 words and they must indicate your full name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification. By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis English Editor: Mary Sinanidis Journalists: Nelly Skoufatoglou, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Zoe Thomaidou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Contributors: Theodora Maios, Maria Kampyli, Zoyee Kartalis, Con Stamocostas, Fotis Kapetopoulos, Michaela Loukas, Dean Kalimniou, Jim Claven, Dr Martyn Brown, Alex Anyfantis, George Stogiannou Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Delphi Bank's National Community Engagement Manager, Paul Orfanos addressed attendees and spoke of the many proven benefits of gender parity in the workplace. He highlighted that the bank itself as an organisation has seen an increased number of women rise the ranks, which he is particularly proud of. Attendees were treated to a special three course lunch, where were women were given the chance to come together, network, and share their own stories. To follow, an insightful panel discussion was hosted with guest speakers former The Block Sky High contestant Bec Douros, who is the co-owner of interior design studio, building and architec- "Community language schools play a key role connecting young Australians with new cultures and the cultures of their ancestors," Mr Morrison said. "As well as building on Australia's successful multicultural society, community language schools help prepare students for a workforce that increasingly works with different countries and cultures." Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said there are 1000 community language schools across Australia who would be eligible for the grants. These schools specialise in 69 different languages and teach more than 100,000 school-aged children. "These grants will assist more children and students learn and use another language. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Neos Kosmos administration and sales consultant Eleni Caragounis; Fronditha Care’s Public Affairs Manager Zoe Angeli; Bec Douros; Fronditha Care CEO Faye Spiteri; and Neos Kosmos journalist Anastasia Tsirtsakis. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED tural hub Nectaar, and Fronditha Care CEO Faye Spiteri, who just this month was inducted into the 2019 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Both accomplished and influential women in their respective fields, they revealed how they have navigated their careers thus far, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them. Both spoke of the importance that their cultural values, namely family, have played in achieving their goals. Women in the room were particularly all ears when the discussion turned to balance, and how it can be achieved; can women really 'have it all'? To answer this, the wisdom of American journalist Gloria Steinem was drawn on by Mrs Spiteri - one of her favourite writers - who eluded to women being able to in fact have it all, just maybe not at the same time.
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