On 28 October Greek people across the world come together on Oxi Day to remember a brave act of defiance in the name of protecting their nation's sovereignty, when Greece took a stand against Mussolini's forces and refused to allow fascist troops to cross their border.
This year was the eighty-second anniversary of Oxi Day, and the Inner West Council held its annual commemorations in Marrickville, which is home to a thriving Greek-Australian community.
I had the privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with this wonderful community at Marrickville Town Hall during a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the courage, sacrifice and democratic values of Greek people.
I thank Archbishop Makarios, the wonderful councillor Zoi Tsardoulias, mayor Darcy Byrne, and the Inner West Council for the work that went into organising such a moving ceremony.
I extend my thanks to my colleagues the member for Canterbury and the Hon. Courtney Houssos for standing with our Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, during the wonderful occasion.
Finally, my appreciation goes to all Greek Australians in the inner west who had the courage to share their culture and history with us.