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Fury erupts over Anzac fabrication slur

Fury erupts over Anzac fabrication slur

first_imgWith the Turkish Government describing witness accounts of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides written by WWI Australian soldiers as fabrications, NSW MP Reverend Fred Nile has spoken out condemning the allegation. Mr Nile moved the original motion recognising the genocides that was unanimously adopted by the NSW Parliament in May, much to the consternation of Turkey – who as a result, threatened to ban the state’s parliamentarians from visiting Gallipoli. Premier Barry O’Farrell last week described recent comments made by NSW’s Turkish Consul General on the matter, as “a terrible indictment … of the freedom that was fought for on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915”. The Consul, Ms Gulseren Celik, said in a letter to state parliament that accounts of the Ottoman genocides by Australian soldiers based in Anatolia at the time were fabricated. In a speech to the NSW Parliament last week Reverend Nile reaffirmed the validity of the accounts, quoting from verified historical sources, including documents from official Anzac records. Reverend Nile said the crux of the debate was “the individual and collective right to memory”, and said that Turkey’s allegations that his actions were an incitement to hate were baseless. “Is it recalling hatreds, real or imagined, to commemorate the Shoah, the Jewish genocide, or Timorese or Papuan suffering under the Japanese in World War II?” said Mr Nile. “Historical debate often involves offence being taken by individuals, especially when entrenched positions are being undermined.” Mr Nile told Neos Kosmos he was shocked by the Turkish Consul’s description of Anzac records as fabrications, and that the NSW Government was looking at a number of options in order to respond to Turkey’s threat to ban parliamentarians from Gallipoli. “We should not forget these genocides happened, to ignore them as historical fact is kicking the relatives and survivors of subsequent generations,” he said. Having recently returned from a tour of Armenia with a cross-party delegation, Reverend Nile said Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr should intervene in the situation. “It’s disappointing that the Federal Government seems to be acting in a cowardly way, and the threats from Turkey are having an effect on our Federal Government. It’s ridiculous,” said Mr Nile. “The government should do what’s right and what’s truthful, and not be blackmailed.” Twenty-one countries around the world have passed formal resolutions recognising the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides by the Ottoman empire. Along with Australia, Britain and the United States have not, although 43 US states have. Consul Gulseren Celik told reporters she is confident the Australian Government has no intention of following what she describes as the “outrageous” NSW motions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discount

Gold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discount

first_imgGold Coast accommodation provider scores gold with games discountONE of the few Gold Coast accommodation providers to offer a discount during the 2018 Commonwealth Games period has been rewarded with a gold rush of bookings.Surfers Paradise-based Holiday Holiday has been inundated by Games goers keen to secure an accommodation base for the massive 12-day event next April.Holiday Holiday director Lee Lee Goh said more than half of the boutique luxury accommodation provider’s 100 self-contained apartments in Surfers had been snapped up since their Games availability went live on June 24.Ms Goh said Holiday Holiday timed the release of all its apartments to coincide with the recent launch of Commonwealth Games event ticket sales.“We offered a 10 per cent discount off our Games rate for those guests who booked before July 1, and that was received exceptionally well,” she said.“The response has most definitely exceeded our expectations and we only have about 40 apartments left during that period.”Ms Goh said most of the bookings had come from NSW-based visitors, with some from Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand.“We’ve also received a large group booking of 10 apartments from an ACT Government department,” she said.“Bookings are already particularly heavy for the week leading up to the athletics finals and the closing ceremony on April 15.”Ms Goh said Games goers had embraced Holiday Holiday’s seven-night minimum booking requirement, with most set to check in for up to 10 nights and planning to experience more than the Commonwealth Games during their stay.“We are really keen to promote the wider Gold Coast during this period and to be ambassadors for this region by encouraging our Games guests to explore the city’s natural and man-made attractions when they are not soaking up the action and excitement of GC2018,” she said.“Holiday Holiday is looking forward to welcoming our Games visitors and ensuring they have everything they need during this once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Gold Coast.”The apartment booking bonanza came as Queensland Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones implored local accommodation providers to release all their rooms when ticket sales kicked off.ABOUT HOLIDAY HOLIDAYHoliday Holiday manages more than 100 luxurious apartments in Surfers Paradise deluxe buildings including Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill, Soul Surfers Paradise, and the H Residences above Hilton Surfers Paradise. It offers guests some of the most lavish accommodation options on the Gold Coast, for a fraction of the price.With a strong family and couple luxury holiday custom, Happy Holiday’s service level, facilities and convenient locations of its apartments also make an ideal accommodation option and base for corporate travellers.Holiday Holiday provides personalised grocery shopping, information and assistance on tours and sights, entertainment and attraction as well as car rental and airport transfers.For more information, to view apartments or to book, visit www.holidayholiday.com.auSource = Holiday Holidaylast_img read more