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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019 19 NEWS Vale Merle Robertha Jackomos OAM, community worker and Aboriginal rights activist The wife of late Greek Australian Alick Jackomos, prominent community worker Merle Robertha Jackomos OAM passed away last month on 2 April, aged 89. Born on 13 June, 1929, Merle, a Yorta Yorta elder, grew up near Echuca at Cummeragunja Mission. On Monday, the couple's daughter Esmai Manahan paid tribute to her late mother in an article published in The Age, outlining the life work of Merle, noting that from very early on, she had a political outlook. Merle was among those who took part in the famous walk-off from Cummeragunja in 1939, when Aboriginal people crossed into Victoria to appeal against the appalling living conditions on the station, the management of it and the restrictions placed on their movement. She later returned to Cummeragunja however, where she joined her grandfather. Together they ensured the mission was not closed and sold off PHOTO: MONASH UNIVERSITY by the NSW Government, and as a result helped maintain native title to the land, explained Esmai. She went on to write that family and community were central to everything her mother did, along with her father Jackomos, whom Merle married in 1951. The couple had three children, Esmai, Andrew and Michael – and like their parents have gone on to make a significant contribution to the Aboriginal community. Along with their three children, Merle and Alick had 16 grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild. "Merle was deeply saddened by the death of her soul mate Alick in 1999," wrote Esmai. "Merle and Alick were as Professor Kerry Arabena described in the 2015 Alick and Merle Jackomos Oration, 'architects of social justice'. They believed in creating structures which would support, sustain and empower Aboriginal people and they worked tirelessly to do so." Merle was highly involved with the Aborigines Advancement League of Victoria, for which she became president and a life member. She and her husband were both members of the federal council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Island- Letters to the Editor PENSIONERS FAVOUR ALP GREENS Fair Go For Pensioners (FGFP) - a grass roots campaigner for the rights of pensioners and other social security recipients, welcomes the commitments by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Greens to fund through Medicare the dental needs of 3 million pensioners up to $1000 a year, a considerable saving and significant improvement. This has been a major demand of FGFPs since its inception in 2007. FGFP also notes that in the policies of Labor and the Greens, there are some benefits for pensioners and older Australians, which are most welcome - in relation to Health, Aged Care and the Environment, seriously threatened by climate change. In contrast, the Liberal-National Parties made only one commitment that is a one-off payment of $75 per single pensioner and $125 per couple of pensioners to "ease the burden of the energy costs". They will also maintain their policy to raise the retiring age to 70 years. FGFP is disappointed that there us no commitment to raise the Aged Pension payment that has remained static since 2013, and to increase the generally recognised inadequate Newstart Allowance payment. FGFP calls for the immediate rectification, if the Fair Go for all slogan is to have a deeper meaning for the most needy and vulnerable sections in our community, i.e. pensioners, single mothers, the unemployed and the 'working poor'. FGFP believes the policies/commitments of the ALP and Greens offer a better deal and deserve the support of pensioners and all the other social security recipients for the May 18th Elections. Implementation of those progressive changes and adoption of the demands still unmet, will require continuous mass campaigning and co-operation between the ALP and the Greens. FGPG notes with alarm the increase in impoverishment ers (FCAATSI), and actively took part in the campaign around the 1967 referendum. The co-founder and vice-president of the National Aboriginal and Islander Women's Council, Merle helped lobby to establish many services for Aboriginal people. In 1972, she was elected to the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Council, and was later appointed a director of Aboriginal Hostels Ltd. In 1981, Merle was elected to the National Aboriginal Conference (NAC), and in 1977, together with other Aboriginal people, represented Australia at the FESTAC festival in Nigeria. Merle was recognised for her work in 1987, when she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to Aboriginal welfare. She was also a recipient of the 2011 Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll, while most recently, Monash University named Jackomos Hall in honour and recognition of her service. YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: Swingers convention on Crete Aristea Petras Bravo Crete, didn’t expect this and Cretans are suppose to be strict. Con Laz Love island... Lol. Kay Fountis Now that’s a Reality TV show just waiting to happen! Loula Papandreou My goodness, we toured the area only a few days ago! There were thousands of people! Never thought about this! Phillip Portela Costa Greek economic boosts! Portugal should do it with our measly two islands. Name your newborn baby Kallimachos Savvas Grigoropoulos Always give your children real authentic Hellenic names! Manuel Lykopandis Personally I named my children after our parents because 1) one of God’s commandments is to honour your mother and father and 2) heritage, as my kids can trace their ancestry, and 3) it’s the Greek tradition. PAOK v AEK in empty stadium Harry Sevastopoulos The game in Greece has been a disgrace for the last 50 years. George Tanoudis Is this being officiated with international refs too? Greg Tzi It will be just like a Melbourne City home game! Adam Edessa No fans no worries. Cup coming to Thessaloniki well. Vic Fkiaras All this violence to watch players kicking around a bag of wind. Sad, very sad Archive image of FGFPs previous protest. of the ever growing numbers of Australians living below the poverty line and calls for a national anti-poverty action plan. President John Speight V. President George Zangalis RESPONSE TO GREEK COUNCILLORS WELCOMING RSL POKIES REFORMS While we appreciate that individual councillors can have their own views, the push for RSL reforms and the elections is not a campaign supported in any way by the City of Whittlesea. The City of Whittlesea is a member of the Alliance for Gambling Reform and sup- porter of their Pokies Play You gambling advocacy campaign. We are advocating for changes to legislation that will see maximum bets on poker machines in Victoria lowered to $1 per bet by the end of 2019, complemented by a suite of policies that reduce harm caused by poker machines. We want regulatory changes to the licensing system for the location and placement of poker machines. We note there are differing views within the RSL membership and that is a matter for them to decide not the local council. Mayor Lawrie Cox City of Whittlesea Messenia support for Dictator Papadopoulos Constantine Spiropoulos Nostalgia for the days of the Junta? This is madness. While we are at it let’s return to the days of the civil war, Nazi occupation and the 1917 National Schism. Παναγιωτης Ποντιος Big difference and distinction of the junta under Papadopoulos and the junta after they jailed their own Papadopoulos! Either way ... It would be a disaster if Greece had to resort back to that again ... You would think that we have learnt from the past and avoid the need for the drastic measures of that time (that were needed to save millions of lives of the poor and starving). Do not be fooled into thinking that I glorify Papadopoulos as I don’t... however the alternative available at the time would have been unthinkable... millions would have died and thousands would have been executed in a Greek equivalent to the gulag. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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