17 November 2014
“In Parliament today I was proud to represent the people of Bennelong as we celebrated many years of Chinese migration to Australia,” John Alexander MP said today.
“The address to Parliament by His Excellency Xi Jinping gave us the opportunity to remind all Australians of the great benefits that recent decades of migration have brought our society.
“The last time our Federal Parliament heard these stories was during my Private Members Motion in 2012, which recognised “the significant contribution that Chinese Australians have made to our nation’s modern multicultural society” and noted “strong history of Chinese migration to Australia throughout the past 200 years and the vibrant festivities and events hosted by the Bennelong Chinese community and enjoyed by people from all cultures in the region”.”
“In Parliament we retold the stories of amazing achievements of great Chinese-Australians like Dr Victor Chang and Professor John Yu, and highlighted the prime position that China holds as our number one trading partner.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott eloquently said:
“In every part of our national life, Australians of Chinese ancestry have helped to build our modern nation.” and “For at least a decade over 100,000 Chinese students a year have been learning in our universities and from our experts. But from next year under the New Colombo Plan, Australia will start to return the compliment, with thousands of young Australians soon to be studying in China. They are our new ambassadors to China and to the region.”
“Our relationship with China will become even stronger through the signing of a Free Trade Agreement. Ten years in the making, this Agreement seemed unachievable by previous Australian governments, but has been delivered in just 12 months of negotiations by my colleague Minister Andrew Robb on behalf of the Abbott Liberal Government,” John Alexander concluded.
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