The leader of the Victorian Opposition, Mr Ted Baillieu, and the flamboyant Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Gary Singer, have by their attendance at a controversial Greek rally created an international diplomatic incident, with the media in The Republic of Macedonia in the Balkans of Europe seizing on the issue.
VEXNEWS coverage of the debacle has itself attracted the attention of Macedonian television. An effort our sources should be well pleased with, matching our predecessor publication – The Other Cheek – which was featured on MSNBC for outing an fundamentalist Christian political candidate and his crimes of exhibitionism during the federal election.
Concerns are now that the neighbouring media in Greece will also jump on the controversy but in defence of Ted Baillieu and Gary Singer’s attendance at the Greek rally in Melbourne. Greek community insiders say they are hoping to downplay the issue, to avoid further embarrassment to their guests.
SITEL television station in The Republic of Macedonia ran with a report on the nightly news with the heading:
SKANDALOT NA PLOSHTADOT VO MELBOURNE
SCANDAL IN MELBOURNE CITY CENTRE
GRCITE SKANDIRAA MAKEDONIJA E GRCKA, A AVSTRALISKI FUNKTSIONERI – APLAUDIRAA
GREEKS CHANT ‘MACEDONIA IS GREECE’ AND AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS APPLAUD
While the story is in Macedonian obviously, viewers will be able to see the video clip down the bottom of the page with a scene of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Ted Baillieu pictures and screengrabs from VEXNEWS.
The Herald Sun has also picked up the story which we reproduce below