MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Chinese Community Council of Australia: national conference – Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — The Chinese Community Council of Australia held its second national conference on 18 and 19 August at the Victoria University’s city campus in Melbourne. Senator Kate Lundy, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, officially opened the Moving On conference on behalf of the Prime Minister in the presence of a capacity audience of 200 attendees. There was coverage by the ABC, SBS, Radio Australia and many Chinese‑Australian media groups. The President of the Legislative Council, Bruce Atkinson, and Amanda Paxton, the state director of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, also gave their blessings to the conference.

The two‑day conference was led by distinguished speakers Professor Marilyn Lake; Dr Alison Broinowski; Professor Chan Kwok‑bun from Macau; Dr Nakanishi from the United States; Dr John Yu, a former Australian of the Year; Katrina Fong Lim, the new Lord Mayor of Darwin; Ms Marion Lau; Dr Chan Cheah; and other scholars and community leaders from around the country and overseas.

The conference dinner featured an inspiring speech from Dr Craig Emerson, the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, on the Australia‑China bilateral trade and economic relationship to a fully packed hall. The organisers had to turn away some last‑minute registrations. The conference presented and discussed viewpoints on the community’s settlement experiences, pains and successes, on civil rights movements of Chinese communities overseas and on cultural philosophies of foreign land settlement, and ideas for moving forward.

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