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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 May 2019
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019 NEWS The Hellenic Initiative Australia renews grant to Emfasis Foundation Supporting homeless and vulnerable groups in Athens through social street-work programs Mr John Mourmouras and Mr Michalopoulos alongside bishops Ezekiel and Iakovos. Ioannis Mourmouras Bank of Greece Deputy Governor visits Australia Mr Mourmouras invited Greek Australian businessmen to invest in the still recovering Greek economy Bank of Greece Deputy Governor John Mourmouras visited Australia last week, and met with Bishops Iakovos of Militoupolis and Ezekiel of Dervis respectively on 1 May to discuss the future of Greek economy as well as the next moves of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Mr Mourmouras, who served as Deputy Finance Minister of Greece at the peak of the country's economic crisis (2011-2012), was Chief Economic Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, as well as Head of the PM's Economic Office until 2014. He held a meeting with the General Consul of Greece in Victoria Dimitrios Michalopoulos and his team touching on the much needed investment policy from overseas towards the Greek economy. During the dinner that followed the meeting, Mr Mourmouras answered many questions regarding banking in Greece and the state's sovereign risk which has been reduced significantly. The Bank of Greece Deputy Governor who in addition to his other accolades and experience holds a seat as Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Macedonia Department of Economics in Thessaloniki, analysed the 'Red Loans' topic, alongside Depository Trust Company (DTC) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies. Finally, Mr Mourmouras wrapped up his address by extending an invitation to Greek Australian businessmen, urging them to invest into start ups and businesses in the motherland giving the recovering Greek economy a much needed injection. The Hellenic Initiative Australia has announced an AU$35,000 grant to fund the Emfasis Mobile Support Unit (MSU) for a second year, supporting more than 1300 homeless people and rough sleepers in Athens and Piraeus. The Hellenic Initiative Australia President, Nicholas Pappas AM, said the expansion of Emfasis' social streetwork programs over the past 12 months had provided much-needed assistance to people living on the street, on the verge of homelessness or facing serious survival challenges and social exclusion. "With the support of THI Australia, Emfasis has been able to reach out to more people in need and make a difference in these people's lives. We are pleased to be supporting Emfasis for a second year," Mr Pappas said. Emfasis Mobile Support Unit teams cover neighbourhoods where homeless and vulnerable groups are living rough. As well as addressing people's immediate needs by distributing food and survival kits, they provide a critical link to social support services. "The economic hardship experienced in Greece over the last decade has led to a dramatic increase in homelessness and people living in a street situation," said Emfasis Co-founder, Maria Karra. "The critical support from THI Australia will allow us to continue to help improve the life DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PHOTOS: SOLONAS MALKAS PHOTOGRAPHY conditions of people living on the streets in Athens, where the need is as great as ever. "This is not just immediate relief and one-off assistance, we provide long-term support to help people find temporary housing and employment and reintegrate gradually into the community," Ms Karra said. Founded in 2013, Emfasis teams of sociologists, psychologists and other specialists and trained volunteers aim to improve the personal and living conditions of those in need, empowering people to reintegrate by helping them access social support services and medical care, assisting them to re-establish ID card or social insurance benefits and providing other follow-up care. Emfasis also conducts detailed demographic mapping of underprivileged areas and populations, in order to identify the exact needs and profile of vulnerable groups in Athens. "The grant from THI Australia has enabled us to provide a consistent presence in the field through the Mobile Support Units during the past 12 months. We have been able to establish relationships of trust and significantly increase the number of follow-up cases," said Ms Karra. "Having a stable team and a stable presence has almost tripled the number of people that we have helped empower to attempt a better life." Free legal help to target migrant wage theft 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: email@example.com Advertising Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.neoskosmos.com Letters Email: email@example.com NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: No. 6190 Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: George Mpliokas, Con Stamocostas, Theodora Maios, Dean Kalimniou, George Stogiannou, Alex Anyfantis Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Thousands of short term migrants exploited by bosses who withhold fair wages will benefit from a $1.6 million statewide project providing free legal help to recover the money they're owed. Four Sydney-based Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are joining together to deliver the project made possible through more than $40 million in funding for the state's legal assistance sector. The funds have been allocated under a new competitive funding process for CLC's which helps more than 55,000 people every year. Attorney General Mark Speakman congratulated the Inner City Legal Centre, Redfern Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre and Marrickville Legal Centre for joining forc- Every employee in Australia should be paid what they’re owed and this project will go a long way towards holding employers who exploit their workers to account. es to devise a project to provide this critical legal service. "These four CLCs have a long history of helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community to solve legal problems before they snowball into potentially lifealtering crises," Mr Speakman said. The participating CLCs will hire two community workers fluent in relevant languages who'll work closely with the Fair Work Ombudsman and Legal Aid NSW and migrant groups. "Every employee in Australia should be paid what they're owed and this project will go a long way towards holding employers who exploit their workers to account." Minister for Multiculturalism John Sidoti said appalling recent examples of wage theft, particularly in retail and cleaning businesses, have shone a light on a se- rious injustice in our community. "Temporary migrants make up 11 per cent of Australia's workforce, but fewer than one in ten take action to recover their unpaid wages, Mr Sidoti said. "The project will offer help to underpaid workers on the ground with visits to workplaces and the provision of free legal advice to almost a thousand people a year over three years. In NSW we want to ensure our migrant and multicultural communities aren't exploited." The NSW Government's new investment model provides funding certainty for 34 organisations that provide community legal services across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of NSW.
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