SA: John Perry AO QC Oration – 27 Oct 2022

This year’s John Perry AO QC Oration, held before 170 guests on 27 October at the Adelaide Pavilion, focused on a crucial subject – the “Unification of Greek Communities and its Importance to Maintaining Hellenism in Australia for Future Generations”.

Bill Papastergiadis OAM – Melbourne Managing Partner at Moray & Agnew and the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria – delivered the Oration.

This annual dinner and oration hosted by the South Australian Chapter of HAL celebrates the life and contribution of the late Honourable Justice Perry, who served as a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia for 19 years and was the first judge of that Court with an Hellenic background.

In this year’s Oration, Mr Papastergiadis spoke to his personal insights and with profound optimism for the future of Hellenism in Australia, drawing on his experiences, successes and practical initiatives.

President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis OAM

The Greek City Times reported Mr Papastergiadis saying “the Greek diaspora has a critical role in ensuring the relevance of the community for future generations and that this can only be done by a mindset focused on progress and action.”

Reflecting on the event, HAL SA Chapter Co-Chair Peter Tantalos told The Greek City Times that “through events such as these, and with leaders like Bill Papastergiadis championing Hellenism and charting the path forward, we can ensure that the Greek diaspora maintain their cultural spirit and actively engage with their communities to ensure the preservation of Hellenism for future generations”.

Guests included:

  • The Honourable Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Minister for Energy and Mining representing The Honourable Peter Malinauskas MP, Premier of South Australia.
  • Mr George Psiachas, The Consul General of Greece for Adelaide.
  • The Honourable Nikolaos Chardalias, Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Hellenic Republic.
  • Vice Admiral Efthymios Mikros, Director of the Military Office, as Representative of Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of the Hellenic Republic accompanied by the Presidential Guard of the Hellenic Republic.

The Hellenic Presidential Guard (Evzones) also attended the Oration. This distinguished and culturally significant unit of the Hellenic Army has its origins as an elite infantry and mountain fighting unit established by royal decree on 12 December 1868. With the express consent of the President of Greece, Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Presidential Guard was permitted to visit Adelaide and join OXI NO Day celebrations at the Oration.

SA: Young Professionals Networking at Parliament House – 1 Sept 2022

The HAL SA Chapter invited members and prospective members to celebrate Hellenic culture and diversity in the legal profession at Young Professionals Networking Night in the Old Chamber of Parliament House on 1 September 2022.

This event was generously hosted by the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Minister for Energy and Mining.

The Young Professionals Networking Night focused on promoting the joint development and connections of fellow young professionals, and discussed the importance of promoting the Hellenic culture in the profession as well an outlook to shape the future of the legal profession.

This night was an opportunity for current and emerging legal practitioners (of less than five years post admission experience) who have a Hellenic background, or if not of Hellenic background, are philhellenes to connect and share ideas and experiences with each other and with senior legal practitioners from the South Australian HAL Chapter.

WA: The 2022 Robert French AC Oration – 20 July 2022

The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association WA Chapter, in conjunction with the the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and the WA Society of Jewish Jurists and Lawyers, streamed online the 2022 Robert French AC Oration, presented by Justice Craig Colvin of the Federal Court on 20 July.

The Oration topic is: “There runs the quick perspective of the future: What next for the courts?”

Download Justice Colvin’s paper or watch a replay of the Oration below held in the old Supreme Court building in Perth.

The Robert French AC Oration 2022

VIC: 2022 Victorian Chapter Oration by Mark Weinberg AO QC – 21 July

The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC Special Investigator, Office of the Special Investigator, on 21 July delivered the 2022 HAL Victorian Chapter Oration on the topic “The Investigation and Prosecution in Australia of Alleged War Crimes”.

The Hon Mark Weinberg AO QC was admitted to practice in New South Wales in  1974, and in Victoria in 1975.

Mark Weinberg AO QC

In 1975 he joined the academic staff of the University of Melbourne, where he held  various positions in the Faculty of Law, culminating in Dean of the Faculty from  1984 to 1985. He was Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1988 to 1991.

Mark Weinberg was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria in  July 2008.

His Honour was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1998 to 2008 and previously held a series of additional judicial and other appointments.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017. He was awarded the  degree of LLD (Honoris Causa) by Monash University in October 2017.

Mark Weinberg was appointed a Reserve Judge of the Court of Appeal from 8 May 2018, and continued to sit regularly, and on a full-time basis, until his appointment  by the Australian Government as the Special Investigator.

The Office of the Special Investigator (OSI) is working with the Australian Federal Police to investigate allegations of criminal conduct related to breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016.

The Special Investigator and the OSI provide strategic advice on investigative strategies, prioritisation and resourcing to the joint investigation.

The Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou, the Honourable Mark Weinberg AO QC and HAL Victorian Chapter Chair Mr Andrew Panna QC at the 2022 HAL Victorian Chapter Oration.
HAL National Vice-President Mr Paul Zaparas, HAL National President Mr Joseph Tsalanidis, the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou, the Honourable Mark Weinberg AO QC, HAL Victorian Chapter Chair Mr Andrew Panna QC, Miss Eve Panna and Miss Madelane Panna at the 2022 HAL Victorian Chapter Oration.