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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 AUGUST 2019 21 YOUR SAY Letters to the Editor FAREWELL OF A LACONIAN COMMUNITY PRESIDENT It has been a great honour to lead the Laconian Community as President of the Pallaconian Brotherhood - Leonidas. I wish to thank all members of the Laconian Community for their support IMMIGRATION MUSEUM'S PROPOSED NAME CHANGE The Immigration Museum has become an iconic Victorian institution, recognised internationally for preserving our shared immigrant heritage, valuing our rich and vibrant multicultural society and honouring our fore parents, for the sake of JOY OF THE ARTIST Starting and finishing a new painting it's always a most wonderful feeling and a great challenge to see the final brush stoke applied on the canvas; without fail, the final stroke triggers disappointment knowing the painting would be removed from the easel and be put aside for a new home. My latest new painting has a great visual world environmental message to transmit and all would be revealed at its glory once the artwork is completed. Meanwhile I hope you will enjoy viewing the process. Andreas C Chrysafis EDITORIAL What’s in a name? Our identity, that’s what “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare, but the proposed name change of the Immigration Museum to the Museum of Shared Humanity has become a thorn in the side of Museums Victoria after Neos Kosmos revealed that multicultural communities had not been adequately consulted. Neos Kosmos talked to Greek, Italian, African and Jewish media, the Greek Community of Melbourne, Victoria and key stakeholders and trust they placed in me to serve this great community of Melbourne. Unfortunately, under circumstances beyond my control, I have decided to resign as President and from the Committee of the Brotherhood. Although I was not born in our future generations. The Immigration Museum continues to play a vital role as much for its historical significance as for its contemporary relevance. We are proud of the Immigrant's legacy that has built the foundation for this modern nation and which continues to be highly revered in Laconia, the ancient Spartan ideals were a core part of my beliefs and I felt very proud to be representing and serving the Laconian people. Going forward I wish the Pallaconian Brotherhood -Leonidas every success and I know that with the Victoria. The ECCV is concerned about reports of a proposed name change and the indictment this is to have on the community. We pay our respects to the First Nations people of the Kulin nation and in doing so recognise that we have all settled as subsequent immi- spirit of cooperation and respect, our Youth will be fostered to become future leaders of this prominent association in the Greek Community. Mary Tsaganas Former President of the Pallaconian Brotherhood Leonidas grants to this nation. We look forward to working with Museums Victoria to continue to uphold and build upon the Immigration Museum as an iconic landmark. Cr Kris Pavlidis Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV) Chairperson YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: Greek government’s efforts to curb smoking Irene Otis Laughable. Good luck with that. Doctors even smoke whilst performing surgery. Seen it with my own eyes. Manson Doll Irene Otis, they sure do that – 100 per cent true! Nothing will change … because they never follow the laws in Greece. Στέλλα Δόμπρου No, we follow our own laws. Sophie Balta Portoglou Good luck with that …. How about he starts with business owners first? They smoke while cooking and serving customers. Angela Naumovski Sophie Balta Portoglou, omgosh Sophie, I couldn't believe my eyes. Stephen Makaras It doesn't help that ciggies are dirt cheap over there. Get them to Aussie prices and let's see how that changes… Petros Spilios Time to grow up. Greek arrogance on these issues is somewhat annoying at times. Once I was waiting for my flight at Mykonos airport and someone was smoking next to a No Smoking sign inside the airport. I politely pointed the smoker and the no smoking sign to a Police office patrolling the airport and the officer replied, "We just put those signs up to keep the EU happy", to which at this point I just gave up! Vicki Peppos Petros Spilios, yes, although Greece has wonderful laws, enforcement of those laws is almost non existent. Νικήτας Αυγ Vicki Peppos, frankly I'm glad that they don't. Otherwise, let's just live in Australia. Oh, wait… Andreas Chrysafis and his latest work. who all said they had not been consulted regarding a change of direction being taken by the museum. They also had mixed feelings regarding the proposal to systematically redefine the museum created in 1997 to showcase the stories of pioneers who struggled for a better life in Australia. We wanted to ensure that the migrant plight would not be forgotten, whitewashed, and ‘suffocated’ under a blanket of ‘shared humanity’ when it was clearly a very turbulent and traumatic time for our immigrant forefathers. To retroactively beautify their pain would trivialise the unique history of migrant groups who experienced alienation, division and conflict - even racism at times. Despite the inconvenience of the migrant truth, it should not be ignored but be recognised for its contribution to making Australia the successful and wiser nation it is today. As a newspaper we understand the Immigration Museum administration’s concerns about dropping visitor numbers, but there is no value in preserving an institution without substance - which is exactly what it risks becoming if it does not dare to document important stories and honour the efforts of foreigners who came to Australia as it has been entrusted to do. Real value is not just a numbers game and we urge the museum take pride in its past so that future generations can learn the immigration story. While researching articles pertaining to the Immigration Museum’s new direction, Neos Kosmos received a pledge that despite leaks to the press, a consultation process will now go ahead and will include the input of multicultural groups. We also received a statement by Creative Industry Minister Martin Foley, who pledged that the Immigration Museum will “continue sharing the stories of Victoria’s multicultural communities for many more years to come.” Neos Kosmos looks forward to working closely with the Museum in its consultation process and do all it can to ensure that the museum continues to thrive without losing its principles and core values. Mary Sinanidis English Editor Neos Kosmos welcomes Letters to the Editor. The views and opinions expressed in these are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the publisher. We reserve the right to edit contributions. All letters must be accompanied by the contact details of the authors. Send these to mary@neoskosmos. com.au Martha Delfas Nicki, sadly those graphic images are not working either! Even as a non-smoker, I appreciate that it's hard to break any addiction but when your habits are negatively affecting others… that's not great. It's so easy to turn a blind eye, isn't it? Effie Athanasiadis Αυτό τους μάρανε - όλα τα άλλα προβλήματα τα έχουν λύσει. Dina Stamatopoulos They have banned smoking at the Electra Palace as of two days ago. They might get somewhere… Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here... Anthoula Paraskeva My favourite image was at the Plaka (restaurant) in Kolonaki – about four coffee shops in a row. There was a No Smoking signing on the wall and there were about 10 people smoking under it. Everyone was oblivious to the sign! Peter Tesi Oh seriously, let them smoke it's what makes Greece unique, and BTW I don't smoke. Martha Delfas As we experienced, they're going to have a hard time enforcing such a ban! As right as it is, no one cares enough to make the change! Nicki Koumoundouros Martha Delfas, I found that no one who smokes in Greece believes that it can cause cancer, not to mention all the other illnesses. Perhaps they need to show those horrible ads with full graphics of what it actually does to your body.
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