My constituency my platform

——The voice of Chinese candidates in the 2014 Victorian election

Photo/text: provided by the candidate

The 2014 Victorian Parliamentary election is approaching, and many celebrities of Chinese descent have also signed up for the election. In recent years, due to the rising awareness of Chinese participation in politics, it is not uncommon for Chinese to participate in politics in Australia. Chinese people must be present in elections. In the spirit of encouraging Chinese participation in politics, "Fellow Traveler" introduces readers to several Chinese people who participated in this state election, and publishes their opinions. It was originally planned to publish the introductions of Ms. Liu Chan'e, Dr. Jiang Tianlin, Ms. Yang Chin-hui and Dr. Lin Meifeng in this journal. Unfortunately, Dr. Lin Meifeng was in a state of health and could not be interviewed, so the introduction could only be postponed. Among the three candidates, Ms. Liu Chan'e is from the Liberal Party, and Dr. Jiang Tianlin and Ms. Yang Qianhui are from the Labour Party. Since the general election registration has not yet closed, there may still be other parties or non-party Chinese people to register.

Speaking of the three candidates, many readers have actually heard of their names. Ms. Liu Chang'e is originally from Hong Kong. She was originally from Chaoshan. She was a special assistant to the Governor of Victoria for Chinese Affairs. She assisted the two Governors Bailu and Nafan. She is well-known in the Chinese community. Dr. Jiang Tianlin was born in Shanghai in the 2005s. He was elected Mayor Dai Ruibin in XNUMX. He was the first mayor of Australia with a Chinese background. He was re-elected as a city councilman and is one of the Chinese political stars. Ms. Yang Qianhui is from Taiwan and has not lived in Australia for a long time, but she was successfully elected as a council member of Wannianxing City, and successively served as deputy mayor and mayor. She is a new star born in the sky.

The three candidates participated in the election in different regions. Ms. Liu Chang'e was elected as the Senator of the North District and ranked second on the Liberal Party list. Dr. Jiang Tianlin was elected as the Western District Senator, ranking third on the Labour Party list. Ms. Yang Qianhui represented the Labor Party in the Mount Waverley constituency of the House of Commons, which belongs to the Southeast District in terms of location. The three candidates running in different regions also means that Chinese have spread all over Melbourne and become a force that cannot be ignored in Victorian politics.

Where is the House of Lords in the North District

Many friends have asked me why I chose the North District to participate this time. In fact, the North District is an area with many meta-cultures. When I first came to Australia, my first place to stay was the North District. I lived in Carlton and Brunswick. The hospital where I studied and practiced at La Trobe University was also in the North District. A job is also in the North District, and Melbourne, which has worked in the state government for the past six years, is also in the North District. In short, I really have a lot of fate with the North District.

The constituency of the Northern House of Lords includes 11 constituencies of the House of Commons, including Melbourne City, Richmond, and the vast area further north. In recent years, the Chinese population in the North District has grown substantially, especially in areas such as Preston and Bundoora.

As a candidate for the Senate, I understand the demands of local residents as much as possible. I understand that most people are looking for social stability and prosperity, especially those who run small businesses. They very much hope that the government will simplify various approval procedures for the convenience of the public. This is the strength of the Liberal government. In addition, with the population growth in the traffic conditions in the North District, it is necessary to increase roads and public transportation services. This is also one of the policy reforms that the Liberal Party government has implemented seriously.

Party diversity

In the past decade, the Liberal Party has more and more party members and candidates with multicultural backgrounds, which positively reflects the demographic structure of society. However, candidates will not get extra opportunities to qualify because of their multicultural background. Whether to become a candidate or not depends on the individual's ability and strength. Of course, candidates with multicultural backgrounds will better understand the needs of multicultural residents. Therefore, I will try my best to reflect to the party and make the Liberal Party do my best to match my election strategy and governance philosophy.

Since the constituency of the House of Lords is very large, basically each constituency of the House of Lords represents one-fifth of the urban population. Therefore, I pay more attention to overall economic development. Only with a sound economic foundation can the government be able to provide public services and improve people’s livelihood. This is also the focus of the election of the Liberal Party and myself. In addition, I mentioned earlier that transportation is one of the livelihood issues of concern to residents of the North District. Melbourne Airport is located in the North District. The Liberal government has proposed an airport rail express plan. At the same time, it will widen the highway to the airport, so that citizens, tourists and businesses going to and from the airport have more budget in terms of travel time. At the same time, in terms of public transportation charges, the fare for the second district will be reduced to that of the first district, which will greatly reduce the cost of residents' travel. Regarding the City Loop, we have formulated a series of plans to reform the lines and divert trains. Therefore, if individual trains are in trouble, the entire transportation system will not be paralyzed. All of our plans consider the North District as a whole, and carry out large-scale and long-term planning.

Support Liao Chan'e

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Many people agree that if a congressman wants to get popular support, he does not rely on his fame and title, but on his ability and sincerity. The most important thing is his political achievements and performance. Over the years, I have held many lectures on the Australian political system to explain in simple terms, and strive to let Chinese immigrants understand the rights and obligations of every citizen granted by the Australian democratic political system. Within the Liberal Party, I try to raise the political party’s attention to Chinese people as much as possible. Attract and lead the young generation of Chinese to participate in politics. As a special assistant to the governor for Chinese affairs, he assisted the governor and ministers and congressmen to respect and value the rights and interests of the Chinese, and timely release new policies to the Chinese community. After years of hard work, I believe that I can better serve the public, have a clear understanding of the government’s operation and policy characteristics, and am ready. I hope I can successfully become a member of the House of Lords and serve the public better.

Schematic diagram of the constituency of the North District House of Lords made by Liu Chan-e

The Victorian state legislative elections will be held on November XNUMXth this year. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the Labour Party for a seat in the Victorian House of Commons, Mount Waverley. I am very grateful to many Chinese friends for their encouragement and support in the past city council elections. I moved to the state council this time, hoping to have the opportunity to contribute to more Victorian residents, conduct professional consultations, and serve the crowd.

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The Waverley Hill constituency is located about 14 kilometers east of Melbourne, covering an area of ​​25.71 square kilometers, covering most of the two areas of Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley. The main landmarks in the area include: Victoria Police College, Green Waverley Middle School, Waverly Hills Middle School, Wesleyan College, Monash City Hall, The Glen Shopping Center, Pinewood Shopping Center, Riversdale Golf Course, Waverley City High Stadium and four railway stations (Jordanville, Mount Waverley, Syndal, Glen Waverley).

The Waverly Hills constituency has about 2002 voters who have the right to vote. It is an area where diverse ethnic groups are integrated, and it is also an area where Chinese people are concentrated. Other ethnic groups include Ireland, Scotland, Greece, India and Sri Lanka. The electorate structure tends to be older, with higher education standards, and the professional background is dominated by professionals. The Waverly Hills constituency was the seat of the Labor Party from 2010 to 2014, and it is currently the seat of the Liberal Party. After the rezoning in XNUMX, a part of the Green Waverley area will be added to the new constituency.

This time I came out to participate in the election of the Victorian Parliament, mainly in the past few years of service for the Wannianxing City Council. I am honored to have the opportunity to meet more and more people in the community and different groups, and to hear from different backgrounds. People: different predicaments, different voices, and different demands. These experiences gave me a deeper understanding of the actual impact of public policies on everyone's lives. The higher the level of government, the more profound the impact.

Medical care, education policies, and public transportation have always been public issues that I am very concerned about, and they are also issues that worry many people in the community. However, at the level of responsibility of the city government, we feel the deepest but we can do very little . It is usually through the municipal government to represent the citizens, and constantly seek more relevant funds from the state assembly and the federal assembly, suggest policy revisions or increase infrastructure planning and investment. However, the effects that can be achieved are often limited by many political and non-political factors. It is far inferior to having a more direct voice and a more comprehensive overall consideration in the state assembly or the federal assembly.

In addition, I also often reflect on how the government’s policies can more truly and fairly achieve the principle of “shelving differences while reserving similarities and seeking common ground from differences” in a multicultural society like Victoria. Under the prerequisite of the overall interests of all citizens, the basic rights and interests of ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups can still be protected.

In fact, the policy debate and formulation itself is a process of reserving differences and seeking common ground. Through different voices and different values, cross-examination and cross-examination can achieve the greatest consensus. However, in this process, groups without or unequal right to speak often become victims of incomplete public policies. Many well-intentioned policies often result in unintended consequences or even counterproductive effects. Even if those affected afterwards gather crowds to fight or lobby, it is often half the result or even futile.

All these experiences made me deeply feel the importance of participating in politics and its sense of mission. Chinese political participation is actually a lonely and rugged road, which is slowly developed by the predecessors who continue to pass on and pass on experience, and our road is still very long. I will continue to work hard and go all out. I also kindly ask you to give me more guidance and suggestions.

I also hope that through my participation in the election this time, I will be able to encourage more aspiring young people to stand up bravely. As a member of Australia, we have the right to express, participate and influence the direction of future policies. We also have the responsibility and Obligation to do our best, contribute to Australian society, and serve the majority of people.

Australia is a country of immigrants and a very multicultural country. In Victoria, many residents with immigrant backgrounds work side by side with the residents of the local mainstream society, and have made great contributions to the construction of our home and the harmonious development of society. And this also includes our Chinese immigrants.

Just as Chinese immigrants live and work in Australia, this beautiful country, and begin to show their talents in various industries, we are also beginning to realize that if we want to truly integrate into the mainstream society and become a part of Australian society, we can only do our own work. It is not enough to work hard in the professional field to do your own "work". We must be concerned about current affairs in mainstream society and must participate in politics. We need to be good at using the democratic rights in our hands, make our own voice as a master, and fight for our rights. We are all Australians too!

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It is based on this philosophy that I, a doctor who has been in Australia for more than XNUMX years and has a successful career, will not be afraid of being misunderstood as "not doing business properly" and I started running to become a city councilor more than ten years ago. Later the mayor, and stepped into the road of no return in the political arena.

As for why I want to run as a member of the Upper House of Western District, Victoria, the reason is also very simple: I have a clinic in Niddrie in the Western District. I have worked for more than XNUMX years and have a good understanding of it. More importantly, this time the Victorian Labour Party nominated me as a candidate for the House of Representatives in the Western District. This fully demonstrates the Labour Party's recognition of the contributions we Chinese have made in Victoria. This is certainly my personal honour, but it is also the pride of our Victorian Chinese. As we all know, the proportion of our Chinese population in Victoria is increasing year by year, but there are only a handful of Chinese members in the state legislature. We are capable, and we should have a few more Chinese congressmen! The most important thing is that running for councillors is definitely not for personal fame and fortune, but must be in the spirit of truly serving the people and doing things for the voters, down-to-earth and conscientious in seeking welfare for everyone. The saying goes well: water can carry a boat, and water can overturn it. Since I started serving the community XNUMX years ago, and even later as a city councilor and mayor, I have always followed the principle of "less talk, do more." I still adhere to this principle when I run for the Senate in the Western District of Victoria. Don’t talk empty words or make random promises. Please also look at my actual actions.

Let me introduce the general situation of Victoria's western metropolitan area: The Western Metropolitan Region covers an area of ​​819 square kilometers. It covers a very large area, including Altona, Caroline Springs, Coburg, Craigieburn, Deer Park, Footscray, Hoppers Crossing, Moonee Ponds, Sunshine, St Albans, Sydenham, Werribee, Williamstown and Yarraville. It also includes Altona District, Derrimut District, Essendon District, Footscray District, Keilor District, Kororoit District, Niddrie District, Pascoe Vale District, Tarneit District, Williamstown District, Yuroke District, etc. There are 5 seats in the Upper House of the West District. The Labour Party, the Liberal Party and the Green Party have all elected members.

Relatively speaking, western Victoria is a less affluent area. Residents need employment opportunities, and the government needs to care about medical, education, and transportation facilities. These are also fully in line with the guidelines and policies that our Victorian Labor Party hopes to implement. Our Labor Party always thinks about what the people think and is anxious about what the people want. As a loyal Labour Party member, I will definitely follow the Labour Party’s governance objectives and principles. If we can win the election this time, we will definitely work hard to do more for the Victorians, including the Chinese, especially the voters living in the Western District, so as not to disappoint the voters.

Finally, I hope that the majority of Chinese voters will support me and the Labour Party; vote for the Labour Party in this Victorian general election!

(The article comes from the Internet)