Presenter: Dr Nick Dallas, PhD Chemistry, B.A., B.Com Unimelb
Aluminium more than any other metal, was seen as the ‘wonder metal’ of the 20th century. It embodied modernization and its consumption grew exponentially as this versatile metal with unique properties found its way in all sorts of uses. Greek political parties of all persuasions were in agreement that Greece had to exploit its vast bauxite deposits.
The expectation was that a fully developed aluminium industry would spearhead the creation of an industrial base that would spur opportunities and kick-start developments and value-add activities in other sectors of the economy. This diversification would also raise Greece’s standard of living and reduce its reliance on agriculture.
In 1960 the Karamanlis government signed a contract with the French firm Pechiney to build an integrated aluminium complex. In such cases, the foreign firm has a disproportionate advantage at the negotiating table. It has the global linkages, the technological know-how, provides most of the capital and has access to export markets. Pechiney was able to extract scandalous below-cost electricity prices and thus put Greece on the map as an aluminium producer. This issue caused tremendous political friction in the 1960s. This presentation will look at the trials and tribulations of this quest and provide a historical overview of the industry.
Nick Dallas has a multi-discipline background which spans chemistry, political science and economics. His numerous academic interests include economic history, globalization and climate science. Presently he is the national sales manager for vocational education at McGraw-Hill Australia, a global education publisher. As a member of the Greek of Melbourne’s Board of Management, he takes an active interest in the Community’s education initiatives.
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Over the years, however, the Society has been much more than just a philanthropic institution. It has been a constant in the lives of the early Ithacan migrants replacing the homeland which they had left.
The Society takes an active role in the cultural, social, educational and quality of life interests of the Ithacan Community. The Society, as part of its philanthropic role, also makes many monetary contributions to worthy causes, including those outside the immediate Ithacan community. The Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2006.