04 Dec

The address delivered by Mr Tal Buenos at NSW Parliament

You can download a PDF copy of this address here.

The Address Delivered by Mr Tal Buenos*

at the luncheon hosted by NSW Parliamentary Friends of Turkey

New South Wales Parliament, 24 November 2014

Thank you!

I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional custodians of this land on which we are gathered. I would also like to pay my respect to the elders past and present of the Eora nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

I would also like to acknowledge, the presence of the Members of Parliament here with us, and other distinguished guests.

I would also like to thank the New South Wales Parliament and the Parliamentary Friends of Turkey for inviting me to speak in this parliament.


02 Dec

Sydney : Bomber lives among us now

by Mark Buttler and Anthony Dowsley

A man convicted of a terrorist bombing in Melbourne 20 years ago can never be deported for his crime.

Levon Demirian was a key figure in the 1986 bombing of the Turkish consulate in South Yarra, in which his accomplice died.

Demirian’s Australian citizenship allowed him to avoid banishment to
his native Lebanon when his prison sentence ended. He is living in


01 Dec

ASIO hears of terror attack on radio news

When Armenian terrorists tried to blow up the office of the Turkish consulate-general in Melbourne in 1986, the first the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) knew of it was a radio news broadcast.

A 1987 cabinet document, released by the National Archives of Australia, says VICPOL (Victorian Police) initially saw the attempt as one-off criminal act possibly directed at any of the occupants of the consulate building and nearby offices.


01 Dec

Pope Francis pays his respect to Ataturk at his first Turkey visit


Pope Francis, the religious leader of the world’s Catholics visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk soon after his arriving of Turkey.
Accompanied by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Ankara’s Deputy Governor Mehmet Ali Ulutaş, Pope Francis laid a wreath to the mausoleum bypassing the Anıtkabir’s Lion Road since it took a long walking path.