Alex Economou

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Banned UQ student activist Drew Pavlou draws strength from his Greek-Cypriot family

One newspaper headline described Drew Pavlou as “the boy who kicked the hornets’ nest” and it is pretty good description of the year the student has had since 24 July, …

Life

Surviving Greek naval officer in Australia’s World War Two navy tells his story

In 1945, 15 August was a day of special importance for the only Australian naval officer of Greek descent. James Paizis was on board the HMAS Colac which was being …

Life

Psychologists note greater levels of anxiety and stress in second Victorian COVID lockdown

Psychologists say the levels of anxiety are increasing because of the second period of lockdown that Melbourne in Stage 4 and now the rest of Victoria in Stage 3 are …

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Big drive to counter 30 per cent staff shortfall in Victoria’s aged Care centres due to COVID-19

This week an aged care workforce shortfall of 30 percent was announced amid moves by government to bring to Victoria aged care workers from other parts of the country including …

Travel agents explain struggle to secure refunds/vouchers for clients

There are a lot of things we took for granted pre-COVID, the ability to travel anywhere in the world and quickly now seems like a mirage. Aircraft are grounded and …

Life

Natalie Kyriacou stays the course in lockdown to develop her conservation work

Natalie Kyriacou OAM is proceeding apace with her environmental work regardless of the interest stirred by her recently publicised relationship with Tommy Little, the host of The Project on Network …

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We are here for each other – neither COVID-19 nor lockdowns can beat us

It’s back again to plague us. Literally. The resurgence of COVID-19 in Melbourne and the vice-like grip the counter measures have taken on our lives seems unfair – especially since …

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Greek businesses in lockdown feel the strain

It has just been a matter of weeks since local businesses in Melbourne were able to open their doors after a three month Stage-3 lockdown. This week some parts of …

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Mayor Papafotiou calls for task force to respond to new lockdown measures

The Mayor of Brimbank Councillor Georgina Papafotiou said that she had requested that the state government joined with local authorities to develop a task force to address specific issues in …

Life

The Philhellenes who married Greek and also fell in love with Hellas

One of the things that best defines modern Australia is its embrace of multiculturalism. The new arrivals have had to face adjustments in a new country. Over the years each …