Piecing together the truth about the opening of the Consulate in Melbourne

The Slovenian has asked and is further seeking answers and comments from those who were present at the opening of the Consulate in Melbourne on 7 March 2014 and the reception that followed in Jadran Club to tell their side of the story. With your participation we can piece together the full story.

In our search for the truth, the Slovenian would like to ask all invited guests to the event to please answer the following three questions:  

Did Mr Balazic sit at the reception in Jadran Club at the same table as Mr Oman and if so for how long did he sit there? 
Did Mr Balazic have a speech in Jadran Club? 
Did you see Mr Oman and Mr Balazic talking to each other either at the opening or the reception?

To date, the following answers have been received:

Did Mr Balazic sit at the reception in Jadran Club at the same table as Mr Oman and if so for how long did he sit there?

Darko and Ljubica Postruzin: Yes, Dr Milan Balazic sat at this table. They were both sitting there, talking, eating and drinking for the whole period.
Vinko Rizmal: Of course he did sit there as he was also served food there, by Ljubica Postruzin.
Irene Stariha: For the most part of the reception, Mark & I sat with a group of Slovenians from the Melbourne community – none of whose names I remember – just regular community people.  After all of the speeches and near the end I went to join Mr Beznik  and father Ciril.  The Ambassador may have been at their table at that time but not for very long as I believe he moved elsewhere.
Anonymous witness*: Mr. Balazic did sit at the same table as Mr. Oman, for unrecalled period.

Did Mr Balazic have a speech in Jadran Club? 

Darko and Ljubica Postruzin: As far as we remember, Ambassador Dr Balazic did not speak at all.
Vinko Rizmal: I didn't see him having a speech. Only Derry Maddison had a speech.
Irene Stariha: I do think that he said a few words at the reception – not necessarily a proper speech – to be honest it was ages ago.
Anonymous witness*: As far as I remember, Mr Balazic did not hold a speech in Jadran.

Did you see Mr Oman and Mr Balazic talking to each other either at the opening or the reception? 

Darko and Ljubica Postruzin: No, we didn't see that. We did see them talk when they sat together at the same table at the reception.
Vinko Rizmal: At the table in the Club they did talk; for how long, I don't know.
Anonymous witness*: I do not recall seeing them talking to each other either at the opening or the reception. Mr. Balazic and Mr. Oman did walk out together with other guests.

Mr Derry Maddison and Mr Peter Mandelj were approached and asked in addition to two of the above questions whether Mr Oman was on the final list of guests which they received the day before the opening of the Consulate. They both declined to respond by saying that the issue was still under investigation.

If you have more information to share please send it to info@slovenian.com. 

*Anonymous witness is a person who sent answers to the Slovenian under his/her full name but prefers to remain unnamed.


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