AHC

AHC at the Nation's Capital.

Representatives from the Australian Hellenic Council from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra descended on the nation's capital on 25 November 2015 for a day of lobbying and consultation on a broad range of Hellenic issues.

Buoyed by the successful launch in mid-October 2015 of the Parliamentary Friends of the Parthenon Group, the delegates started with a working breakfast with outgoing Greek Ambassador, Haris Dafaranos, during which the various concerns of the Greek-Australian community and the Greek State were discussed.

Inside Parliament, the delegation met with the Cabinet Secretary, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, Labor shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, MPs Maria Vamvakinou and Alannah McTiernan, and senior advisers from the Prime Minister’s Office. Scheduled meetings with the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and her Labor counterpart, Tanya Plibersek, were understandably postponed because of diplomatic overnight downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish forces near the Turkish/Syrian border.

 

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