Chinese community: discrimination

Posted on 31. May, 2009 in Speeches

I wish to express my outrage at the absurdity surrounding this latest bout of hysteria about Chinese people and China. The issue here is not the friendship between federal Minister for Defence Joel Fitzgibbon’s family and Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu; nor is it the two trips to China the minister forgot to report. The issue is not the unsubstantiated security risk claimed due to Ms Liu’s alleged business connections to the Chinese government — it is common and open knowledge that to do business in China you have to deal with the Chinese government because it owns and controls business over there.

The real and tragic issue here is that after more than 150 years of Chinese settlement in this country, Chinese people are still treated with suspicion, disdain and contempt by people with condescending, patronising and belligerent attitudes.

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