The Phoenician colonisation of Australia took firmer root with the election of third generation Lebanese Steve Bracks to the position of Premier of Victoria. Bracks grandparents came from the village of Zahle, like many at the Phoenician dinner.

Quote from The Age article: 'Mr Bracks's sister, Ms Robyn Lyons, is the general manager of iconic Melbourne fashion label, Saba. Ms Lyons, 51, is one of the nation's most respected fashion operators, having spent the past 16 years working alongside industry legend, and, incidentally her and Mr Bracks's first cousin, designer Joe Saba.'