Press Releases

NSW Premier Joins Parthenon Sculptures Campaign

Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. Kristina Keneally MP, has become the latest Australian parliamentarian to call for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned home.

“Returning the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece would be an important step in preserving Greek history and culture for future generations”, the Member for Heffron in Sydney’s south-eastern suburbs stated. “These are ancient artefacts that are incredibly important to the Greek people and like many others around the world, the NSW Government believes they should be returned to their rightful home”.

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The Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association remembers community founders at Waverley cemetery in Sydney

The Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association NSW-ACT-QLD honoured the memory of some of the community’s founders at Waverley Cemetery in Sydney’s coastal eastern suburbs on Sunday 19 December. Father Gerasimos from St George’s Parish Rose Bay read memorial prayers over the family tombs of Aikaterine Plessa (Katherine Crummer), Father Seraphim Phocas and Ioannis Demetriou Comino.

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AHC participates in Armenian National Committee of Australia Advocacy Week

During the week of 21-26 November, the Armenian National Committee of Australia held its annual Advocacy Week. In the words of the ANC America Chairman, Mr. Ken Hachikian: “If we find that we only agree on 1 thing, and disagree on 9, let’s cooperate on that one thing. That’s thinking politically.” In the spirit of this statement, the NSW and ACT branches of the Australian Hellenic Council were actively involved in this year’s events.

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AHC condemns attacks on Christians in Iraq and Turkey

The dwindling indigenous Christian minorities of the Middle East have been subjected to two major assaults in recent days. Vandals and terrorists have attacked Orthodox cemeteries on Imvros (modern Gokceada, Turkey) and besieged and killed Syriac Catholic clergy and worshippers in Baghdad, Iraq. The Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) condemns these gross violations of human rights and denounces the lack of security offered to the remaining Christians of Turkey and Iraq.

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AHC Hellenic National Day Message

Hellenism all over the world today celebrates the resistance of our ancestors to the forces of fascism and Nazism. Following the dawn invasion by the forces of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and his Albanian quislings, the people of Hellas, in their entirety, said “NO!”

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AHC proposals for the Centenary of ANZAC

The National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary called for ideas and suggestions on how to mark this important chapter in our history. The Australian Hellenic Council, our community’s leading public affairs organisation, submitted a list of proposals for a series of activities in Australia, Hellas and Cyprus to mark the Centenary of the Australian-Hellenic military alliance.

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Panayia Soumela Monastery celebrates Orthodox Divine Liturgy

AHC (NSW) TO TURKEY: Respect Rights of Christian Minorities

For the first time in 87 years, the Monastery of the Our Lady of Mount Mela (Panayia Soumela in Hellenic) echoed to the chants of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy on Sunday. It was more than a service for the Dormition of Our Lady – one of Orthodox Christianity’s high feast days.

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Lobbying for“The Greek Star” - Medal for Australian veterans of the 1941 Greek Campaign

A number of Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) committee members were joined by the Friends of the AHC (NSW) in attendance at the Greek Australian Conservative Coalition dinner last Friday evening. AHC members took the opportunity to speak with Nationals Whip Senator John Williams and the Hon. George Souris about issues of concern to the Australian Hellenic community.

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Second quarterly AHC (NSW) Open Forum

Προχθές το βράδυ το Αυστραλιανό Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο (ΝΝΟ) πραγματοποίησε την Δεύτερη Τακτική Ανοιχτή Συγκέντρωση του 2010. Κορυφαία θέματα της συνεδρίασης ήταν η δράση της Αυστραλιανής Ελληνικής παροικίας γύρω από τις Ομοσπονδιακές Εκλογές και το νέο Αριστείο Αλέξανδρος.

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AHC @ Blaxland Campaign Launch

The philhellene Member for the Federal electorate of Blaxland launched his re-election campaign last Friday night. Mr Jason Clare, known in the Australian Hellenic community for his support of the St Euphemia Parish and Community, as well as of the Orthodox College of the same name, was supported by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Mr Wayne Swan, as well as a number of his parliamentary colleagues.

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Conference on Genocide Recognition

At the invitation of the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC NSW), the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia) and the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) held a three-way conference in Sydney to discuss genocide awareness in Australia.

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