Unanimously the city council of Moreland, in Melbourne voted for the inclusion of the Greek language in the national school curriculum.
“I will be surprised if the Greek language is excluded” said the Mayor of Moreland, Stella Kariofillidis (foto), who is of Greek origin.
Meanwhile, top politicians from all over Australia, with letters addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister of Education, Julia Gillard, support the inclusion of the Greek language and prompt the government to include it in the national school curriculum, which is currently under review. Among these politicians are: Anna Burke, Deputy Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Paul Henderson, Chief Minister of the North District, Paul Henderson.
The support of the Greek language is also being requested from the Minister of Education, by the MP of the National Party of New South Wales, George Souris, who is also of Hellenic roots.
Moreover, the Minister of Education in her letter addressed to the Greek MP of the Labour Party, Mr. Steve Georganas, acknowledges that “the Greek language is one of the most dominant community languages, evidence to the important contribution of the Greeks towards the financial, cultural and political development of Australia, especially after 1945”.
Ms. Gillard is not making any commitments but she encourages Greeks in Australia to submit their recommendations to the Committee of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).