Australian Government Changes “Slav-Macedonian” Directive to “Macedonian”

Australian Government Changes “Slav-Macedonian” Directive to “Macedonian”

The Australian government has decided to change its directive concerning the Australian-Skopje community being recognized under the name “Macedonian” instead of “Slav-Macedonian”, used since 1994.

The decision was formally announced by AMHRCA (Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee) on its website, which also posted a letter of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship confirming the change in policies, which resulted after a year-long campaign led by the FYROM lobby in Australia.

Ιn its announcement, AMHRCA called on the Australian government to proceed now with recognizing FYROM under the name Republic of Macedonia.

  • Macedonia not FYROM

    Well done Austarlia! One step closer to recognising the basic human rights of the Macedonian people living in Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and and abroad! Could’ve happened quicker but all I can say is thank God it has finally happened. Next – Officially recognising the Macedonian Orthodox Church and the Republic of Macedonia!!!

  • Lemi

    my desired brother in Christ, please display a single saint (canonised by the orthodox Church) that has blessed a Macedonian race that isn’t Hellenic, or please highlight a single saint that has, say, anathematised or even condemned the Hellenic race for claiming its integral cultural, linguistic and genealogical ties with Macedonia.  

    you are sadly deluded and despite your condescending presentation you are a unfortunately the product of the the anti hellenic establishment of the past century, starting with Tito and his mates and extending the Kissinger and his shaloms. 

  • Katty

    I have Greek and Macedonian friends, the seem to agree on Greeks being Greeks and Macedonians being Macedonians.

    Now its time for Australia to wake up!

  • Macedonia not FYROM

    I’m not here to discuss who blessed who and if I’m right or wrong. I’m just happy at Austalias decision to join the rest of the world at supporting the Macedonian people. I don’t need a history lesson by you and if you think I’m brainwashed look at yourself. I know I am Macedonian and I will always be Macedonian. Thank you and good bye.

  • Jon

    Lemi,
    Not sure where or how did you come up with the fairy tales of “Christ blessing “Hellenic” race…” Your comment is not just misguided, but scary.
    There is no such thing as a “Hellenic” race.
    The word “Hellen” was coined by the Germans who were obsessed that most of the culture, philosophy, mathematics and even religion came from the Middle east and India. The term “Hellen” itself is only 160 years old, that’s it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYQJ6TBZVXFRY3ZVC5BQ4QYWT4 Demitri

    The more people play dumb around FYROM’s sudden identity change into “ancient macednians” and “united Macedonia” irredentist rhetoric, the more it becomes obvious they are prejudices against Greeks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYQJ6TBZVXFRY3ZVC5BQ4QYWT4 Demitri

     Sorry guy. it is easy for sombody in another country to give someone else identity away but Macedonia is in Greece not paeonia. Its not the fault of Greeks you former self-identifying ethnic Bulgarians decided to call yourselves Macedonian. Don’t blame us for the historical propaganda of your own government. In no shape or form did ancient Macedonians identify as Slavic. No amount of “recognition” will ever change the Greek writing on ancient Macedonian artifacts.

  • FYROM not Macedonia

    I totally disagree with the Australian Government! I dont want to be known as a Macedonian as they where and are the Hellenes of todays Greece.  I am proud of being a Slav and do not appreciate the Australian Government placing me in the the kettle of fish with the Greek Macedonians. Slav- fyromian will do just Dobro, or Slav-macedonian if you must!

  • Guest

     Karen Dawisha, Bruce Parrott, Politics, Power and the Struggle for Democracy in South-East Europe (Democratization and Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Societies), Cambridge University Press, 1997: “A Slavic-speaking people, todays ethnic Macedonians, are descendants of Slavs who settled in the Balkans during the seventh century AD”

  • Guest

     Titchener, Frances B.; Moorton, Richard F. (1999). The eye expanded: life and the arts in Greco-Roman antiquity. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 259. ISBN 978-0-520-21029-5. “On the other hand, the Macedonians are a newly emergent people in search of a past to help legitimize their precarious present as they attempt to establish their singular identity in a Slavic world dominated historically by Serbs and Bulgarians. … The twentieth-century development of a Macedonian ethnicity, and its recent evolution into independent statehood following the collapse of the Yugoslav state in 1991, has followed a rocky road. In order to survive the vicissitudes of Balkan history and politics, the Macedonians, who have had no history, need one.”

  • Guest

     Latin historian Curtius Rufius records the following quote of Alexander – Look it up and research your history Slav

    If it were not my purpose to combine barbarian things with things Hellenic, to traverse and civilize every continent, to search out the uttermost parts of land and sea, to push the bounds of Macedonia to the farthest Ocean, and to disseminate and shower the blessings of the Hellenic justice and peace over every nation, I should not be content to sit quietly in the luxury of idle power, but I should emulate the frugality of Diogenes. But as things are, forgive me Diogenes, that I imitate Herakles, and emulate Perseus, and follow in the footsteps of Dionysos, the divine author and progenitor of my family, and desire that victorious Hellenes should dance again in India and revive the memory of the Bacchic revels among the savage mountain tribes beyond the Kaukasos…

  • peta

    what do you mean? so why don’t the greeks refer to them selfs as macedonian in the censes?

  • Peta

    this is a bogus post by FY…
    i’m a real macedonian from the Republic of Macedonia and I would just like to say thank you Australia from refering to me as a ‘Macedonian’

  • HROG

    the Hellinic Republic of Greece or (HROG) should stop refering to the former yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as (FYROM).

  • Guest

    Membership in the EU is an irrelevant issue.  Your veto was for naught.  
    Hang it up Greeks.  You lost. 

  • sikoseto

    LOL @ Skopians of FYROM jumping on a Greek website, to give their brainwashed view on this issue.

    Macedonians are Greeks, as are Spartans, Athenians, Corinthians, Thessalonians, Epirotes, Thracians, Cretans and so on.

    Imagine someone from Queensland saying they’re a Queenslander but not Australian LOL people would be in hysterics, as the Greeks are for having to hear Bulgarians claim they are ‘Macedonian’ LOL

  • sikoseto

    Den tha gineis ellinas poteeeee skopiane skopianeee-eee-eee

  • sikoseto

    Because moron, Macedonia is a state/province of Greece, you dont see people writing they are a ‘Queenslander’ or ‘Victorian’ in the Australian Census, jeez some people are so confused

  • John Damelopoulos

    of course you morons , they finally realised that they are the real Macedonians and not “Greek” settlers dumped in the occupied territories of Macedonia 1912 onwards who have decided to call themselves “Macedonians” for propaganda purposed. I dont see Jewish settlers “Palestinians” do you ? There settlers just as the “Greek”settlers are . Just because you’re born in the occupied territory of Macedonia does not make you Macedonian .. You are “Greek” settlers occupiers of Macedonian lands 1912 onwards

  • Nix

    you are an idiot ur greek

  • nix

    maybe in front of you they say that

  • Nix

    its funny Macedonians are bulgarians that cant be coz greek say Macedonians are greek so how can one country be two countries ddddeeerrrr thats how smart they are. bulgarians are Tatari and greek are from egyipt. And if Australian didnt reconised Macedonian who are they what took then so long,and who are they Australian they all came from England if you want to play fucked up games liek u greek and tatari do just living in the real world