The Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand have sent Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras a letter inviting him to personally intervene and address the taxation issue of Greek-Australians in Greece.
The Diasapora is mobilizing over the issue, as seen by a strong attendance at a meeting organized by the Greek Community of Melbourne. Consul general Helen Lianidou told Greek migrants: “I want you to send a message to those who make your tax returns in Greece that, at least for now, you will not send any papers until further notice. If they ask why, you will answer them, because our consul said so. And if the issue will not be solved until March 30th, we will then get another extension, until June 30th, ” she said.
The letter of the Cretan Federation of Australia to the Greek Prime Minister, stressed: “Many Greek-Australians, want to buy or possess a property in Crete or Greece, for sentimental reasons, for investments, etc. … in addition, it is known that the enhancement of trade relations between Australia and Greece is supported by the Australian State, by Greek-Australian commercial entities, business councils, professional associations etc.”