On Thursday, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a dinner to celebrate the Hon Arthur Sinodinos’ AO appointment as Australia’s Next Ambassador to the United States. The event was held in the grand ballroom of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney and was hosted by Paul Nicolaou, Director of the Business Leaders Council of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
There were many featured guests in attendance, including the Hon John Howard OM AC, as well as the Hon Amanda Vanstone, former Minister in the Howard Government and former Australian Ambassador to Italy, who both worked with Sinodinos during their time together in the Howard Government.
Of the almost 1000 guests in attendance, there were a variety of important guests with a business and political background that had either worked with or supported Sinodinos. Other guests included The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, and the United States Of America Ambassador to Australia, Arthur B. Culva-house Jr.
The senator was also joined by his family, including his wife Elizabeth, brother Peter and sister in law Sharon.
The event began with a speech by the Hon John Howard OM AC, 25th Prime Minister of Australia, who thanked Arthur for his remarkable contributions to public service and the Australian community. This was then followed by a ‘fireside chat’ with the former Prime Minister, Amanda Vanstone and Senator Sinodinos, who reflected on their accomplishments together and discussed future opportunities for the newly appointed ambassador.
There were many Greeks figures in attendance, including his Eminence Archbishop Makarios, The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the Greek Consul General Christos Karras, along with various Greek Community leaders such as Harry Danalis, Jack Passaris OAM and Michael Diamond AM MBE.
Arthur has had a great influence among the Greek community and is proudly supported by Greeks across the country for his new appointment.