The Greek Community and Australian Foreign Policy: With Particular Reference to the Cyprus Issue

  • Andrew C. Theophanous
  • Michalis S. Michael


In this chapter we shall attempt to show that the Greek community in Australia has played a significant role in the determination of foreign policy, especially as regards the Cyprus issue. We shall do so by examining in extensive terms the role of the Greek community and the parliamentarians associated with it during the Hawke Labour governments (1983–90). The general thesis here is that in Australian foreign policy Cyprus is an issue which under normal circumstances would have been treated as marginal but which became prominent because of the role of the Greek community in Australia.


Prime Minister Foreign Policy Foreign Affair Ethnic Community Australian Government 
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  • Andrew C. Theophanous
  • Michalis S. Michael

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