AHC

Advocacy Issues

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975

The Greek community in Sydney stands with other ethnic communities and associations in opposing the proposed changes to a law that has worked well for the last 20 years and balanced the right of free speech with the need to protect people from severe and profound racial abuse.

 

9/12/2016.

SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO FREEDOM OF SPEECH - PART IIA OF THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 AND THE AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

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26/4/2014

Submission on the Exposure Draft by the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC).

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Hellenic Education in Australia

Part of the Australian Hellenic Council’s remit is to promote better knowledge and understanding of Hellenic culture and civilization in Australia.

An important aspect of this is the work that the AHC does on behalf of its members to advocate for the teaching of the Hellenic language and history in Australian schools and universities.

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The Cyprus Issue

Since the inception of the Australian Hellenic Council in 1992, the Cyprus issue has remained a high priority for the Council’s members, reflecting its significance to the Australian Hellenic Community.

One of the AHC’s goals is to raise awareness in the wider Australian community of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974, its ongoing illegal occupation of one third of the territory of the island, and the impact of these events on Australians of Cypriot descent.

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Australian Recognition of Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides

The Australian Hellenic Council advocates the recognition by Australian governments at both the State and Federal level of the genocide of the Armenian, Hellenic, and Assyrian populations between 1914 and 1923, committed by the government of the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey.

To date, one Australian jurisdiction has adopted a resolution recognising the genocide of the Armenian, Hellenic, and Assyrian populations: South Australia (2009).

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Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

The exquisite Parthenon Marbles (also known as the ‘ Elgin’ Marbles) were removed from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin, then British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, over 200 years ago, and today reside in the British Museum. Elgin claimed that he had the permission of the Ottoman authorities to strip the sculptures from the Parthenon, however doubts were raised about this as early as 1816, when the British Parliament debated the issue before finally deciding to purchase the sculptures.

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Protection of the Macedonian Heritage

The Australian Hellenic Council’s membership includes organisations that represent Australian Hellenes from the province of Macedonia in northern Greece. The AHC supports the efforts of Macedonian Hellenes to defend their cultural heritage. This involves countering claims by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Slavomacedonians to exclusive use of the words “ Macedonia” and “Macedonian”.

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