Scions of Greek Community Meet Immigration Minister to Discuss Issues of Interest

David Coleman, Australia’s Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister. File Photo

Bill Stergiadis and Costas Markos, who serve as the president and secretary of the Greek Community of Melbourne, recently had an official meeting with Australia‘s Federal Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman.

The agenda of the meeting included various issues concerning the large Greek community in Australia.

Among the policies which were discussed included the expansion of English language classes, which will help members of the Greek community whose skills in English need further support.

Minister Coleman recognized the importance for a newly-arrived immigrant to learn English, saying that this would certainly help them in finding employment.

Another important issue that was discussed during the meeting was the newly-established Chair in Classics at the University of Melbourne, something seen as very important in the expansion of Greece’s presence in Australian society.

The Federal Government of Australia has already allocated millions of dollars to finance this new academic Chair, which it is hoped will enhance the appreciation for the brilliance of Greek thought across the University and beyond.

The three men exchanged views on a wide range of other issues regarding the Australian-Greek community and agreed to continue their cooperation in the future.

Papastergiadis and Markos also seized this opportunity to invite Minister Coleman to the upcoming Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Australia’s largest celebration of all things Greek, which will take place in February of 2020.