January 19, 2020

Revamped SAE to get new look

first_imgThe World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) is to be reformed after a recent meeting by the deputy Foreign Minister of Greece, Konstantinos Tsiaras with the governing council of the organisation. SAE was formed in 1995 to consult and advise the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. Its Oceania branch is comprised of local Australian and New Zealand organisations. The fortunes of SAE, an entity completely funded by the Greek government, have ebbed low of late, due to the financial crisis in Greece. It was therefore decided that: 1. A slim-line committee, chaired by a representative of the Greek Attorney General’s Office and be comprised of members of the governing council of SAE, members of the Foreign Ministry and the Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is to be formed. Within two months, it will submit draft legislation outlining reforms in the organisation’s structure and operation. 2. The draft legislation will be submitted for discussion and review by ‘Greeks abroad’ after which time it will be put before parliament to be enacted in the usual manner. 3. Upon the legislation being passed by Parliament, the election of a new governing council for SAE will take place without delay. The Deputy Foreign Minister and the governing council of SAE are at great pains to point out that the new SAE shall be entirely self-funded, it shall be open to participation by and will represent all Greeks abroad and will act as an umbrella organisation for all existing Greek organisations throughout the world. Deputy Foreign Minister Tsiaras also raised the possibility that the governing council of SAE may be increased by nine members, these being “outstanding Greek personalities who reside abroad”. It remains unclear whether these will be appointed or elected as details of the proposed structure are yet to be determined. The prospect of a restructure of SAE was met with mixed emotions by representatives of its SAE Oceania Branch. While most welcomed the need for reform, delegates opined that the structure of Greek communities around the world in the global age is complex. Issues such as mixed marriages, language loss, the fact that the majority of the community here in Australia is disengaged from the local organisations currently recognised by the Greek government as representing them all need to be taken into account when determining who will be represented on the Council. Some delegates also expressed reservations about SAE’s advisory role to the Greek state on issues concerning Greeks abroad. One prominent delegate stated: “In the past, the mechanisms to provide advice simply did not work. Any new legislation will have to set out exactly how this new body is supposed to advise the Greek government, whether such advice will be binding and what redress is available to SAE should the Greek government not take its advice”. Concern was also expressed with regards to the method in which the proposed new legislation will be provided to the local community for comment, especially considering that SAE local branches exist diverse communities of Greeks throughout the world, all with different concerns and interests. “Who will review this document?” one local delegate asked. “Will it be an open forum or via written submission? If we are not happy with the proposals is there any scope for making change? None of these things are clear.” As the reform of the World Council of Greeks Abroad appear to be in its infancy, the consensus among Oceania SAE delegates is a cautious optimism for change, and the hope that the necessity for the existence of a worldwide network of unity will overcome any teething problems the revamped organisation will experience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mr Palethorpe said the December arrival of the 208

first_imgMr Palethorpe said the December arrival of the 2080-guest Queen Elizabeth meant she would spend Christmas in local waters – a first for Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.Travellers will be able to sail from Melbourne to New Zealand over the festive break with Christmas Day spent cruising the Tasman Sea, Boxing Day in the tranquil waters of Fiordland National Park and New Year’s Eve in Auckland Harbour, enjoying the world’s first firework spectacular as a new decade begins.Other cruises from Melbourne will include voyages to South Australia and Tasmania. Following her two-month Melbourne deployment, Queen Elizabeth will sail to Sydney where she will cruise on two roundtrip voyages from the city before heading north.Her Sydney offerings will include a new 14-night cruise to Papua New Guinea, featuring the cruise line’s maiden calls to the beautiful Conflict Islands and Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands.Other maiden visits during the summer season include Cunard’s first call to Esperance in Western Australia, while Queen Elizabeth will be making her inaugural visits to Albany, Whitsunday Islands and Darwin.At 90,900 tonnes, Queen Elizabeth is the second largest ship ever to sail in Cunard’s fleet. Launched in 2010, she is also the youngest in the cruise line’s current trio of Queens with features including more than 10 restaurants and cafes, a games deck featuring paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and a three-deck Royal Court Theatre seating 800 guests and offering private boxes.Full details of the 2020 World Voyage season will be released on 13 March 2018, with the program scheduled to go on sale on 20 March 2018. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterCunard has announced that its world-famous ship Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australia for an unprecedented 101 days over the 2019-20 summer.Queen Elizabeth will sail on six roundtrip cruises from Melbourne and two from Sydney during the season, which will feature an array of itineraries to South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between December 2019 and March 2020.The new 2020 Australian deployment will be almost double the length of Queen Elizabeth’s scheduled 54-day season Down Under early next year, which will see the ship sailing from Sydney and Melbourne during February-March 2019.Cunard senior vice president Simon Palethorpe said Queen Elizabeth’s record 2020 season reflected the importance of the Australian cruise market to Cunard as well as Melbourne’s growing attraction as a cruise hub, with the Victorian capital providing the ship’s homeport for two months.“Over the past few years we’ve seen unprecedented growth in demand for the Cunard experience in Australia so it made sense for us to invest further in the market and extend the sailing season of Queen Elizabeth even more in 2020,” Mr Palethorpe said.“Our new 2019-20 summer season will not only feature more cruises, it will also offer some exciting new itinerary options which we hope will entice even more Australians to experience Cunard’s legendary service and style.”last_img read more

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