Thursday 12 February 2015
Mr DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — I rise to pay tribute to a great Victorian and a great Australian, Kostas Nikolopoulos, who passed away last month after a short illness. Kostas was an outstanding contributor to public affairs and the Greek-Australian community. He always put the community first.
Kostas arrived in Australia on the same ship as my parents in 1971, and he has been a part of my life since I was young. He worked for SBS and the Neos Kosmos newspaper for over 35 years, and during that time he interviewed countless politicians, dignitaries and regular everyday people. Kostas brought life to his stories, and he was at his best promoting the wonderful cultural contributions that Greek Australians have made to our community.
As a journalist of the highest integrity, Kostas has effectively documented the life and times of the Greek-Australian community over the last four decades. Conversely, his work in recording the diverse Australian culture and bringing it to Greeks in their native language has helped forge closer community ties.
I know how well regarded Kostas was across both sides of politics, in the community and in every other aspect of his life. He had amazing intelligence and a genuine respect.
Personally, he provided me with great advice and counsel. The warmth and friendship he extended to me and my family was truly incredible. Kostas was a remarkable human being, and his work for our community is immeasurable.
I pay my deepest sympathies to his family — to his son, Niko, and his wife, Effie — but also to the broader community who loved Kostas so much.