SAE Oceania & Far East Region in Canberra for the annual meeting of the AHC with political leadership representatives
The annual meeting of representatives of Greek expatriate organizations with Australian MPs was held on Monday, June 22, 2009 within the framework of the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) with the assistance of Greek-Australian federal parliament member Steve Georganas (Adelaide).
SAE Oceania & Far East was represented by Regional Coordinator George Angelopoulos. Among the organizations present were: Federation of Cypriot Communities (federation president and SAE Oceania Treasurer M. Christodoulou), PASEKA (president K. Prokopiou), Greek Orthodox Community of S. Australia (president V. Elovaris), Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne (president V. Papastergiadis), Greek Orthodox Community of W. Australia (president Evan Kakoulas), Greek Orthodox Community of Canberra (E. Konidaris), Canberra Club (Dimarchos), Federation of Pontian Associations (president H. Tavlaridis), Cretan Federation (A. Tsourdalakis) and Pan-Macedonian Federation of Australia (D. Minas), while NEPOMAK, NUGAS and SAE Oceania Youth Networks were also in attendance. The AHC was represented by Yannis Kalokerinos, Patricia Driva, Panagiotis Diamantis, K. Tsoubakos and G. Vellis.
On Sunday, June 21 the representatives held a meeting at the Greek Club in Canberra with the participation of Cypriot Ambassador Iakovou, Consul General Christiana Tsika and Greek Embassy Advisor A. Papakostas to discuss details of their collaboration with the Australian MPs.
In the meeting with the Australian parliamentarians and their advisors they discussed issues concerning the Greek expatriates: the teaching of the Greek language in Australian schools, the Cyprus issue, the FYROM name issue, the Pontian Greek genocide issue and the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.