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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 March 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 Migration debate in the aftermath of Christchurch tragedy Australia's federal government is expected to announce policies that will see immigration intake halt at 160,000 while directing a large percentage of skilled migrants to settle outside Sydney and Melbourne for at least five years before attempting to move. According to The Australian, the Cabinet has already authorised changes, that limit annual intake of permanent migrants to 30,000. At the same time more incentives for foreign students will be created in order to drive the influx away from the two major cities. The Liberals' Expenditure Review Committee (ERC) are reportedly aimed at relieving congestion in Sydney and Melbourne, however, said policy would also affect the government's budget estimates, given that population growth from migration is linked to economic growth. "It's always the right time to be addressing the issues and needs that the Australian public are concerned about and want addressed," the Prime Minister told reporters in Adelaide this week, adding that the debate about population growth and migration had nothing to do with other issues, such as the Christchurch attack in New Zealand. Scott Morrison argued that discussions about population should not be "hijacked" by other debates on race or tolerance."We've seen what happens when these important practical debates are hijacked by these other extremist views, which occur from both the right and from the left," he continued, adding that he is determined to not see the serious population growth management issues taken off course. Meanwhile, Greens leader Richard Di Natale questioned the timing of the debate in relation to the Christchurch tragedy. "Three days after a massacre the prime minister decides to land this into the national conversation," he said. While NSW and Victoria are receiving most migrants to the point of congestion according to the PM, South Australia calls for at least 5000 skilled migrants to strengthen its economy. The Federal Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said last year that planning measures would need to be implemented to manage changing patterns of migration in Australia. He said in October un- planned population growth had led to an imbalance in the rates of settlement across the country. On another note, that of safety, Mr Morrison has warned against "tribalists" hijacking policy arguments, declaring the migration issue "must not be appropriated as a proxy debate for racial, religious or ethnic sectarianism". "When we disagree better, we engage with respect, rather than questioning each other's integrity and morality," he told the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne. "Tribalists constantly seek to appropriate legitimate policy issues and public concerns as a tool to promote their separatist and exclusive agendas. To contort and misrepresent disagreement in the worst possible terms." These comments came before announcing a $55 million grant allocated towards toughening security at mosques, churches, synagogues, temples and religious schools "in response to growing concerns about extremism in the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch". Grants will reportedly range from $50,000 to $1.5 million Briefs GREECE AT THE WHITE HOUSE Dimitris Greek Food joined dozens of others who donated food to those in need. Support for victims The Christchurch attack may have struck at two mosques, however people from all walks of life came together to show solidarity in the wake of the tragedy. Soon after the attack, Dimitris Greek Food closed for the evening in order to help donate and deliver platters of food to victims and their families waiting at the hospital. "All we would like to say is that after the attacks, a family friend wanted to start a Halal Food Drive to have food sent to the hos- pital for families still waiting," Dimitris Merentitis, owner of Dimitris Greek Food, told Neos Kosmos. "In coordination with other officials from the hospital and donations from about 2000 individuals and local businesses they were extremely successful. We donated close to 40 meals. It was not started by us but we supported the organisers." Very happy to be part of the initiative. Merentitis said: "Christchurch has come together as a community." US President Donald Trump welcomed Greeks to the White House for the annual Greek Independence Day function. He welcomed members of the Greek Orthodox Community to the event. “On March 25th, 1821, Greek patriots rose up and fought to liberate their country, restore their sovereignty, and reclaim their destiny,” Mr Trump said. “This evening, we also celebrate the countless ways Greek Americans strengthen and uplift and inspire our nation. You live by the values that are the foundation of America’s greatness. You really do. You honour hard work. You love your families. You enrich your culture. And you embrace the American Dream and you keep faith in the blessings of Almighty God. And that’s great.” GREEK AUSTRALIAN STEPS DOWN Australian born Greek, Demetri Hughes has stepped down as Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Queensland State Chair to take on a challenge close to his heart – heading one of Australia’s first mentor programs for promising marketing university students from disadvantaged backgrounds.The leading branding expert and Managing Director of 1Up Communications will help vulnerable youth to identify their hidden potential through the new University of Queensland (UQ) initiative, the ‘Demetri Hughes Mar- keting Mentor Program’. Marketing students with a disability, experiencing financial hardship or close to homelessness, who have lost relatives through death or who are ill, and Indigenous students will be among those to receive support from the program that will mentor them in areas including networking, leveraging opportunities from internships, preparing for job interviews, negotiating for success and developing their personal brands. OLIVE OIL REDUCES STROKES Consumers of a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil have yet another reason to cheer. Not only is their dressing of choice delicious, a new study has also found a link with eating olive oil and a reduction in the risk of heart disease and stroke. The study by New York University’s School of Medicine, lead by Assistant Professor Sean P. Heffron, found that those consuming olive oil at least once per week consistently, had lower platelet activity. Platelets are fragments of blood cells that bind together when activated. When a blood vessel is damaged, platelets rush to the site to form a plug. While this reveals how fascinating the body can be, this activity can at times prove threatening to our health. Meanwhile platelets can also contribute to atherosclerosis – artery-clogging plaque – which underlies the majority of heart attacks and strokes. So lowering platelet activity is appealing, and very beneficial. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen with Liberal Party Member for Boothby Nicolle Flint and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall at the Urrbrae Education Centre in Netherby, Adelaide. PHOTO: AAP/DAVID MARIUZ for enhancements including CCTV cameras, lighting, fencing, bollards, alarms, security systems and public address systems. FECCA'S WARNING The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA), issued a statement this week stressing that the Morrison Government's proposed cut to Australia permanent migrant intake by 30,000 in order to ease congestion sends the wrong message to the Australian community. "FECCA welcomes the Morrison Government's infrastructure spending commitments in the lead up to the Federal Budget," said FECCA Chair Mary Patetsos. "These commitments are a recognition of the need to invest in infrastructure in order to keep up with population growth in Australia's major cities. However it is extreme- ly important that following the atrocities in Christchurch political leaders not conflate the issue of congestion with migration. To do so is not only erroneous but irresponsible. Care must be taken at this time to reassure Australians from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds that they belong and are welcome in Australia." *Read an opinion piece about the Christchurch attack on Page 24.
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