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08 July 2009

I was most disappointed to once again read unjustified criticism of the Australian Hellenic Council in your newspaper.

As the case with previous articles on the subject of the Australian Hellenic Council, this latest attack was unsigned and clearly under-researched.

I serve as the President of the Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association, with members in NSW, the ACT and Queensland. I also serve as the Secretary of the Australian Hellenic Council in NSW.

It was in these capacities that I delivered a presentation on the role Hellenism can play in the National Curriculum.

The anonymous article on pages 1 and 9 of the Thursday 25 June 2009 edition of your newspaper states the following: «Το πιο ενδιαφέρον δε, είναι ότι το κύριο θέμα των φετινών συναντήσεων θα ήταν η προώθηση της ελληνομάθειας, χωρίς να ερωτηθεί κανείς (εξ όσων γνωρίζουμε) που ασχολείται με την εκπαίδευση (και) για το θέμα αυτό.» however as an education specialist I presented to the conference on education issues AND was one of those who developed the Position Paper on Foreign Language Education.

As a long-serving member of the Australian Hellenic Council, I would appreciate a more responsible approach to the journalistic profession from your staff writers.

Neos Kosmos has been a major Australian Hellenic voice for a long time. It is too great a media to be abused as the personal soapbox of one or two individuals with ancient axes to grind.

Dr Panayiots Diamnadis, Sydney, NSW.

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I am a Hellene and an educator. But I have no idea who this Council is composed of, by, etc

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