Greek Independence Day 2016
I was honoured to have the opportunity to speak at the recent celebrations of Greek Independence Day in Sydney, and to share with the wider Australian community our Greek history, language and culture. Together with my colleague the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Craig Laundy, we laid a wreath on the Cenotaph in Martin Place.
Greek people have been part of Australia’s history for more than 150 years and continue to make a substantial and significant contribution to Australian society. From the earliest days of migration, Greek Australians have greatly influenced and enhanced our national story. The contributions of Greek people, among many others, to a multicultural Australia over this time have helped Australia to become the most successful multicultural society in the world. The great Greek philosopher Plato once said of the city that it is what it is because of what its citizens are.
This year marks the 195th anniversary of Greek Independence and I take this opportunity to take pride in the contributions of Australian citizens of Greek heritage, in making Australia what it is today.