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LETTERS TO THE GREEK COMMUNITY OF
Government and Opposition in solidarity
with the victims of the Greek fires
25 August 2021
Both the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall and the Leader
of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas express their condolences to
the Greek community for the devastating fires in Greece.
The letters of the political leaders of the State came to the local
newspaper Greek Tribune as well as to the 5EBI FM Greek Radio
Program and to the Greek Orthodox Community of NA.
The letter from Prime Minister Steven Marshall states the following:
“On behalf of the Government of South Australia, we write to convey
our deepest sympathies to you and your community as devastating
wildfires continue to cause widespread destruction across Greece.
As you know, South Australia and Greece enjoy a long and enduring
friendship and we stand with you to grieve for those who have lost
their lives and livelihoods in these tragic circumstances.
We also acknowledge the courage and determination of the first
responders and rescue teams who continue to risk their lives to help
curb the spread of the flames.
Our thoughts remain with the people of Greece, especially any of
your colleagues, friends and loved ones who may have been
impacted by these events.
The letter is signed by the Premier of SA Stephen Marshall and the
Hon Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to the Premier.
For his part, Labor leader Peter Malinouskas wrote the following:
“We are saddened to learn the news of the continuous wildfires
during the hottest summer in Greece since 1987.
Greece is facing, in the words of Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis,
a "natural disaster of unprecedented proportions."
Thousands of people have evacuated from their villages. Images
seen show pillars of smoke and ash and the devastating damage to
homes, businesses and surroundings. Firefighters, as part of one of
Europe's biggest-ever common fire-fighting operations' have battled
over 560 wildfires.
The people of Greece are resilient and will get through this
devastation. We offer our thoughts to those in Greece and their
families and friends here in South Australia”.
The Opposition’s leter is signed by the South Australian Labor Leader
Peter Malinauskas, Zoe Bettison MP, Shadow Minister for
Multicultural Affairs and Joe Szakacs MP, Assistant Shadow Minister
for Multicultural Affairs.
Adelaide, South Australia