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Greek Australians' contribution honoured in Queens Birthday Honours

This year at least six members of the Greek community were awarded across various disciplines

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Jack Condous was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

16 June 2017

A number of Greek Australians have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours from across the nation and awarded for their varying contributions to the community.

Among them were Jack Condous from Adelaide, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the visual arts and education.
Also receiving OAMs were Sydney's Peter Zadelis, honoured for his service to the community; Rosemary Joan Samios for her service to the Scottish community of NSW; and Peter Patisteas for his service to the community of Melbourne.

Melbourne-based refugee advocate Paris Aristotle was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and Brisbane's Kosmas Sclavos was recognised for his service to the pharmacy profession, as well as to education and community health.

This year a total of 891 Australians were recognised from a diverse range of fields including science, law, community services, design and entertainment.
To view the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list in full, visit

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Congratulations to each and every awardee. I am certain that each recognition is well deserved. But as I have been saying FOR DECADES, the overall number is pathetic. Look at how many Hellenic Australians received such an honour, out of the 891 available, and then look at the size of the Hellenic population across Australia, and we should have at least four times as many recipients of such awards. BUT the issue is the jealousy factor. The paltry support of one nominee ahead of another. I have nominated many over the years and some have been successful, but others have not due to so called friends and colleagues refusing to back them. I even recall nominating someone senior associated with Neos Kosmos years ago and a certain then Premier refused to support the nomination. Yet I am certain that he pretended to like this nominee when they ever met. However, the issue IS that we have many great members of our community and we need to nominate them BOTH to honour them but also the ''kick back'' good result on our community. Letting everyone else know that Hellenic Australians are AWESOME contributors top Australian society. Just go to the Its An Honour website and fill in the form. It is sooooo easy, and the right thing to do.

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