Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 in Speeches
Mr LIM (Clayton) — Last Friday evening I attended the Pop Up Chinatown Treats market in Heffernan Lane off Little Bourke Street with Labor’s candidate for the seat of Melbourne, Cr Jennifer Kanis, who greeted the crowds after work with dozens of her supporters. As the chair of the People and Creative City segment of the Future Melbourne Committee, Jennifer has been actively involved in community events that move the city towards becoming a vibrant and culturally diverse metropolis. The Pop Up Chinatown Treats market is held every third Friday evening of the month, and it attracts thousands of visitors. The market has hawker‑style stalls that offer an enjoyable food experience. Jennifer’s appearance with her supporters in red T‑shirts handing out balloons to the passers‑by created a pleasant sensation in the already crowded Chinatown lane. She was followed everywhere by a small contingent of Chinese media representatives.
The Melbourne electorate’s Chinese community is quickly growing, with around 2500 voters who are savvy about the Liberal state government’s budget cuts, particularly the cuts to education and health, and many voiced their concerns. I would like to thank Danny Doon and Eng Lim of the Chinatown precinct and the Chinese Restaurateurs Association, who made Jennifer’s presence on this occasion possible. Jennifer will make an excellent member for Melbourne. I urge all electors, and especially Chinese electors, to back her on Saturday, 21 July.