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Theo Theophanous

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Empowering oversight or overstepping boundaries? The dangers of expanding IBAC’s reach

I want to challenge the prevailing narrative in Victoria that our integrity bodies such as the Independent Broadbased Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) need extra powers to pursue inappropriate behaviour involving such …

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Caught between survival and sacrifice: Armenia’s struggle for peace

Imagine being the leader of a country whose people suffered an unimaginable genocide, then after occupation and domination by the Soviets climbed back to construct an independent democracy in a …

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Patmos: The intersection of faith, free will, and hope

Twenty-five years ago, I attended a conference on the holy Greek Island of Patmos. That conference was organised by the Greek Orthodox Church and brought together Members of Parliament of …

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Australians from former British colonies may be the deciding factor in Voice referendum

One of the sleepers in the upcoming Voice referendum is how Australians whose heritage is from countries that were occupied by the British such as, India, Pakistan and Cyprus, that …

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Integrity at the crossroads in Victoria

As a prominent member of the Australian, Greek, and Cypriot communities I feel I should explain some of the events that led to a report by IBAC, Victoria’s integrity body, …

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This vote is a historic crossroad

The Voice to Parliament has the potential to bring political maturity to our nation and advance reconciliation with First Nations peoples. The report by professors Marcia Langton and Tom Calma …

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Why is Christianity on the decline in Australia?

At this time of year, like many of you, I reflect on what I call my epistemology – my understanding of the world and my place within it. As a …

Life

Cypriots in Australia – A history of struggle and achievement

The Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria has exhibited vision by commissioning the book The Children of Aphrodite: Cypriots in Australia. The book by Professor Anastasios Tamis is an important …

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No point propping up Greens

Now that the state election is over, I feel able to make some observations. My first observation is that the Greens primary vote only marginally increased to 10.9 per cent, …

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Take wind and emotion out of populism’s sails

Minor parties and independents are winning seats in parliament through populist platitudes. Emotional triggers that offer hope with little attention to achievable solutions are their stock in trade. The teals’ …

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