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There are a lot more Greeks in Australia, percentage-wise than in the USA. Why don't we read about more Greek Australians in that government? Thoughts?

For example in the USA we had Vice President Spiro Agnew in the 1970's, Mike Dukakis ran for President in 1988, George Tsongas ran for President in 1992, etc, etc, etc..

Seems to me-maybe incorrectly-that Greek Australians are more focussed on business enterprises. That a correct view?
 

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There are plenty of Greek Australian politicians in Australia. They just have not assumed higher roles like party leader or a member of cabinet.

Its true that Greeks play a big role in Australian business, I remember reading that a fair percentage of Australias richest people were Greek.
 

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Well there are about 3 million Greeks in America, and 700,000 in Australia. America is a 300 million country, Australia 21 million. These two factors play a big role as well.

On the federal level:
Nick Bolkus - Labor
Steve Georganas - Labor
Petro Georgiou - Liberal
Sophie Mirabella - Liberal
Arthur Sinodinos - Liberal - John Howards(former PM) chief of staff
Maria Vamvakinou - Labor
Nick Xenophon - Independent

Anyway a more comprehensive list of 'everything'..

Business

* Mark Bouris - managing director of Wizard
* Sam W. Ballas - investor/past CEO AMP (investments)
* Con Constantine - chairman, Newcastle United Jets
* Andrew Demetriou - chief executive, Australian Football League
* Nick Dimas - director, Canterbury Bulldogs
* Andrew N. Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical Company
* Nick Pappas - chairman, South Sydney Rabbitohs
* Paspaley family (Paspalis)- Paspaley dominate the pearling industry; large property holdings in Darwin CBD and properties in Sydney
* George Peponis - chairman, Canterbury Bulldogs
* James Raptis OBE - chairman and founder, Raptis Group Limited, Gold Coast
* James Samios - Hon. MBE Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney
* Peter Abraam - CEO, Victorian Major Events Company

[edit] Directors

* Peter Andrikidis - director - "Underbelly"
* Ana Kokkinos - director
* Harry Michaels - director Aerobics Oz Style
* Bill Miller (II) - director and producer
* George Miller - Academy-Award winning director and producer, Mad Max, Babe, Happy Feet
* Alex Proyas - director, I, Robot, Dark City, The Crow
* Nadia Tass - director
* John Tatoulis - director/producer
* Alkinos Tsilimidos - director

[edit] Entertainment

* Harry Michaels - actor (TV series: Number 96) producer (Exercise Video: Aerobics Oz Style), Sports TV Director
* Alex Blias - actor
* Alex Dimitriades - actor
* Despina Caldis - actress
* Elena Carapetis - actress
* Gia Carides - actress
* Zoe Carides - actress
* Chantal Contouri - actress
* Mary Coustas - comedian
* Alex Dimitriades - actor
* Dominic Elmagolou - actor
* Rebekah Elmaloglou - actress, Home and Away
* Sebastian Elmaloglou - actor, Home and Away
* Damien Fotiou - actor
* Dimitri Giameos - actor
* Nick Giannopoulos - actor and director
* George Kapiniaris - actor and comedian
* Nico Lathouris - actor
* Nic Lepouris
* Gina Riley - actress, Kath & Kim, comedian and singer
* Panda Likoudis - actor
* Costas Mandylor - actor
* Louis Mandylor - actor
* Lex Marinos - actor, director, writer and broadcaster
* Ada Nicodemou - actress, Home and Away
* Phaedra Nicolaidis - actress
* Irini Pappas - actress
* Alex Papps - actor and tv host
* Thaao Penghlis - actor (Nicholas Black in TV series Mission Impossible)
* George Spartels - actor
* Zoe Ventoura - actress
* Helen Zerefos - actress and cabaret singer
* Irene Zervos - actress

[edit] Journalists

* John Mangos - news presenter and journalist, Sky News Australia, Foxtel
* Georgia Cassimatis - journalist, Australian Cosmopolitan magazine
* George Donikian - news presenter, Ten Network
* Peter Frilingos (deceased) - sports journalist with the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, and broadcaster and commentator with the Continuous Call Team.
* George Hatzimanolis - journalist Neos Kosmos newspaper
* Helen Kapalos - news presenter, Ten Network
* Mary Kostakidis - journalist, SBS
* George Megalogenis - author and The Australian newspaper columnist
* Andy Pasquelidis - sports commentator
* Peter Peters - sports broadcaster and commentator (also Manly Sea-Eagles general manager)
* Anastasia Salamastrakis - journalist, Seven Network
* Victoria Simos - journalist, Neos Kosmos English Edition newspaper
* Michael Tomalaris - SBS Sports Reporter
* Maria Anastasopoulos-Tsekouras, - journalist Neos Kosmos English Edition newspaper
* Peter Costafostadidis, - journalist Along The Wing sport magazine

[edit] Musicians

* Maria Yiakoulis – singer/musician
* Nick Drimousis – singer/composer/creator of GreekStar
* Peter Andre – singer
* Alex Carapetis - drummer
* Jim the Greek - musician (born Soviet Union)
* Chris Joannou - musician in the band Silverchair
* Ross Kalenderidis - contemporary artist/illustrator/designer/writer
* James Kannis - singer (Australian Idol)
* Tassos Ioannides - composer/musician
* Ilias Arhontoulis - singer/composer/musician/designer
* Michael Fountas - singer/composer/musician
* Stelios Tsiolas - composer/musician (born in Cyprus)
* Andy Vouli - Saxophonist

[edit] Politics

* Peter Katsambanis-Ex Politician, Victoria
* Nick Bolkus - federal politician
* John Comino - ex-mayor/lawyer
* Michael Costa - politician, New South Wales
* Jim Fouras - politician, Queensland
* Steve Georganas - federal politician
* Petro Georgiou - federal politician (born Kerkyra)
* John Hatzistergos - Attorney General, New South Wales
* Steve Kons - Deputy Premier, Tasmania
* Nick Kotsiras - politician, Victoria
* Tom Koutsantonis - politician, South Australia
* Ken Michael, politician
* Jenny Mikakos - politician, Victoria
* Sophie Mirabella - federal politician
* John Pandazopoulos - politician, Victoria
* Nicholas Pappas - lawyer
* Theo Theophanous - politician, Victoria (born Cyprus)
* Arthur Sinodinos - John Howard's former Chief of Staff
* Maria Vamvakinou - federal politician (born Lefkada)
* Kon Vatskalis - politician, NT (born Kefallonia)
* Nick Xenophon - politician, South Australia

[edit] Sports

* Michael Katsidis - Boxer
* Braith Anasta - Rugby League player, Sydney Roosters
* John Anastasiadis - former football (soccer) player/coach
* Con Boutsianis - former football (soccer) player
* Dean Bouzanis - Football (soccer) player
* Ang Christou - Australian rules footballer
* Theodore Skafidas - former football (soccer) player
* Peter Daicos - Australian rules footballer
* Anthony Doumanis- Football (soccer) player
* Andrew Demetriou - Australian rules football CEO
* Michael Diamond - Olympic gold medallist, shooting, Sydney 2000
* George Gatis - Rugby League player, New Zealand Warriors
* Steve Georgallis - Rugby League player/coach
* Greek Team of the Century - Australian Rules Football [1]
* Jason Gillespie - Australian cricketer
* Lydia Ierodiaconou - Winter Olympian
* Chris Kalantzis - Football (soccer) player
* Michael Korkidas - Rugby League player, Salford City Reds
* Nick Kouparitsas - Rugby League player, Canterbury Bulldogs
* Anthony Koutoufides - Australian rules footballer
* Stan Lazaridis - Football (soccer) player, Perth Glory and Socceroos
* Angelo Lekkas - Australian rules footballer
* Stan 'The Man' Longinidis - kickboxer
* Colin Mylonas - Founder of the Greek Rugby League (GRL)
* Steve Pantelidis - Football (soccer) player Melbourne Victory
* Lucas Pantelis - Football (soccer) player, Adelaide United
* Andy Paschalidis - Football (soccer) analyst
* George Peponis - Former Australian Rugby League captain
* Willie Peters - rugby league player, South Sydney Rabbitohs
* Paul Pezos - Football (soccer) player, Perth Glory
* Mark Philippoussis - tennis player - heritage is from Macedonia, Greece.
* John Skandalis - rugby league player, Huddersfield Giants
* George Sotiropoulos - Mixed martial artist
* Parris Stamos - Volleyball player
* Samuel Stamos - Volleyball player
* Marcus Stergiopoulos - Football (soccer) player
* Jason Stevens - Rugby League player, retired
* John Tambouras - Football (soccer) player, New Zealand Knights
* Nick Theodorakopoulos - Football (soccer) coach
* Michael Theoklitos - Football (soccer) player, Melbourne Victory
* Nikolas Tsattalios - Football (soccer) player
* Justin Tsoulos - Rugby League player, Parramatta Eels
* Michael Valkanis - Football (soccer) player, Adelaide United
* Andy Vlahos - Football (soccer) player

[edit] Writers

* Dean Kalimniou -poet and journalist
* Antigone Kefala - poet
* Pi O - performance poet
* Thalia - concrete poet
* Dimitris Tsaloumas - poet
* Christos Tsiolkas - 'grunge lit' novelist
* Dina Kafiris - novelist
* Anastasia Mavromatis

[edit] Other

* Chris Moraitis - Diplomat (High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea)
* Effy Alexakis - documentary photographer
* John Ioannou - director of Agathon Gallery
* Effie Michaels- costume designer/presenter Aerobics Oz Style
* Nicholas Hogios (Psychogios), car designer
* Stella Moraitis, Barrister/Member VCAT
* Nonda Katsalidis, architect
* Melanie Katsalidis, jewellry designer
* Ioannis Cholidis - designer
* Minas Coroneo - Professor/Ophthalmologist
* Andrew Kokinos, ex-physio, Indian cricket team
* Marc Newson, designer
* Christos Pantelis, psychiatrist
* Napoleon Perdis, make-up artist
* Andrew Kimonides - Numismatist
* Tony Rafty, caricaturist
* Sandra Soulos - fashion designer
* George Spyrou - fashion designer
* Stelarc, artist
* Archbishop Stylianos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia
* Nikki Theofilos - graphic designer
* Lia Tsimos - fashion designer
* Freda Miriklis, Stockbroker, Professional Speaker, Winner Australian Young Business and Professional Women, 1998 - 2000
* Alex Perry, Fashion Designer
* Nia Karteris, chair Greek Festival of Sydney
* Andrew Veniamin - slain underworld figure

They have not included all the business men/women though, particularly property developers/owners.
Politis, Makris and Karidis come to mind off the top of my head. Makris is worth over a billion, being one of the richest in Australia and the richest in South Australia.
 

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Andrew Veniamin - slain underworld figure :eek:hno:

Why does he get a mention? There are other 'unsavoury' characters you could have included also. Besides, he was born in Cyprus to a Lebanese-Maronite family. Hardly Greek I'd say.

Also, some of the politicains mentioned are has-beens!! (Bolkus for one)

And others you failed to acknowledge all together such as [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Michael"]Ken Michael[/URL], who holds a very high position in Western Australia.

I suggest you be more careful when copying and pasting!!
 

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So, when are we going to see a Greek PM in Oz?

Incidentally, there are about 8-10 Greek Billionaires in the US and another 10 that are flirting with Billionaire status. I know two of them personally.

How about in Australia?
 

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So, when are we going to see a Greek PM in Oz?

Incidentally, there are about 8-10 Greek Billionaires in the US and another 10 that are flirting with Billionaire status. I know two of them personally.

How about in Australia?
And who may they be Sodnal? :)
 

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Oh do tell otherwise we'll take you for a BS artist!! :yes:
 

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Not a personal opinion, just an assumption. :)

Isn't your boss Greek-Australian? I think I know who he is. :yes:
 

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Hey Neorin, I suggest you stop purposely starting arguments.

What the hell is you're problem anyway?
Nobody can start a thread without you coming along and ruining it.

If you got nothing to say on the subject, then keep you're antagonistic bs to you're self for a change.

Here is another thread you have managed to turn into a personal slinging match single handedly.
 

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Hey Neorin, I suggest you stop purposely starting arguments.

What the hell is you're problem anyway?
Nobody can start a thread without you coming along and ruining it.

If you got nothing to say on the subject, then keep you're antagonistic bs to you're self for a change.

Here is another thread you have managed to turn into a personal slinging match single handedly.
I have to agree.
I don't get why he had to actually insult you with his post about "copy-paste". Insecure?
 

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It was a suggestion, not an insult. :|
 

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Isn't your boss Greek-Australian?
I have many bosses, oh wise one. One of them is indeed a Greek-Australian.

That much I have admitted previously in this forum. Now impress the forum with your insightfulness and tell me who my Greek-Australian boss is. Or admit to the forum you've been bested-once again.

:lol::lol:
 

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Neorion, calm down please. No one wants to fight now ok?
Perfectly calm it was. Don't put your sticky beak in and incite things. You are not one to talk about 'calm'. Better for you to not get involved, otherwise you might 'lose it' again and earn yourself another infraction.

I have many bosses, oh wise one. One of them is indeed a Greek-Australian.
Quite far down the pecking order are we Sods? ;)

That much I have admitted previously in this forum. Now impress the forum with your insightfulness and tell me who my Greek-Australian boss is.
It must be [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_N._Liveris"]Andrew Liveris[/URL]. The Greek-Australian who came from beyond the black stump to climb America's corporate ladder, stepping all over the 'natives'. :lol:

Or admit to the forum you've been bested-once again.
Bested by the mighty Sodnal...NEVER!! :lol: :)
 

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All gas and no spark, as demonstrated once again Neorion.

As for having many bosses, I sure do. Most top organizations are examples of basket-weave, cross-weave, this-weave, that-weave. Lots of accountability.

Still, I'm more than happy with my assignment and role. Excellent salary and bennies and maximum flexibility. Who could ask for more?

Sorry, I don't know Andrew Liveris. Sorrier for him, he doesn't know me. :lol:
 

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All gas and no spark, as demonstrated once again Neorion.

As for having many bosses, I sure do. Most top organizations are examples of basket-weave, cross-weave, this-weave, that-weave. Lots of accountability.

Still, I'm more than happy with my assignment and role. Excellent salary and bennies and maximum flexibility. Who could ask for more?

Sorry, I don't know Andrew Liveris. Sorrier for him, he doesn't know me. :lol:
 

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So, Liveris is at Dow Chemical? They've had a series of Greek top leadership, including William Stavropoulos. He's now on numerous Board of Trustees, including those of some of my mutual fund holdings. I write him letters protesting the purchase of Turkish equities for the Funds while Turkey still occupies north Cyprus-he wrote me back once.

Greeks in America tend to stick together. On my flight over to Tokyo two days ago I had a guy sitting next to me and we started talking. Turns out he's Greek as well and heading on to Shanghai and Bombay. We belong to the same AHEPA chapter, although I'm not attending meetings like I did in the past. Small world.
 

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Greeks in America tend to stick together.
You will probarbly find that everywhere in the world.
Australian-Greeks are especially notorious in this regard since we live in high concentrations.

Throughout my schooling I was surrounded by literally hundreds of Greeks and hence grew up knowing mainly only Greeks and the occasional Italian.
 
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