Wei Shen, Secretary and Spokesperson for the Chinese Community Council of Australia (Victoria Chapter) (CCCAV) urged the Coalition Government to propose and put forward a long term strategic plan rather than putting more red tape within the bureaucracy.

“What the new government should be thinking about is to effectively respond to ongoing issues and develop significant policies and programs to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Evidence and research has demonstrated that CALD communities, especially those coming from refugee backgrounds need continued support in the areas such as health, education, aged care and employment”, said Wei Shen, Secretary and Spokesperson for the CCCAV.

“The Coalition Government should not get caught up in trying to politicise the issue and need to put a stop to the blame game immediately. More work needs to be done to ensure cultural diversity and multiculturalism is moving forward in our society.

“CCCAV is greatly concerned with the proposed changes made to the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and would like to recommend the Victorian Coalition Government to place further emphasis on issues rather than creating more advisory committees.
CCCAV is recommending for the Victorian Coalition Government to strengthen its relationship and engagement with Victoria’s multicultural organisations in order to familiarise itself with the range of existing issues affecting their well-being.

“As a peak body for the Victorian Chinese community, we would very much like to see organisations such as ours and the overall multicultural and ethno-specific sector in Victoria consulted and engaged regularly. CCCAV would like to see the new Victorian Government get on the front foot and provide the sector with the opportunity to discuss and present their issues as soon as possible because in our view is the major priority at the current stage”, concluded Mr Shen.

澳华社区议会维州分会(CCCAV)秘书长兼发言人沈唯劼督促联合政府出台一个长远计划,而不要拘泥于官僚体系中的繁文缛节。

CCCAV秘书长兼发言人沈唯劼说,“目前新政府应该考虑的是,有效应对长期以来的问题,并规划出有分量的政策和计划,以支持文化及语言多元(CALD)社区。有资料和研究显示,文化及语言多元社区,尤其有难民背景的社区在健康、教育,养老和就业等方面需要得到持续不断的支持。

“联合政府不应纠缠于将该问题政治化,应该立即停止推卸责任。在保证我们的社会多元文化迈步向前方面,还有很多工作要做。”

“CCCAV对维州多元文化委员会(VMC)即将面临的变化非常关注,并建议维州联合政府将重心放在解决各种问题上,而不是成立更多的顾问委员会。”

CCCAV正在向维州联合政府建议,巩固与维州各多元文化机构的关系和交流,这样政府便能更了解当前一系列影响多元文化机构福利的问题。

沈秘书长说,“作为代表维州华人社区的高端组织,我们非常希望看到政府多向类似我们一样的组织以及维州其他多元社区征求意见。CCCAV 希望看到新的维州政府带头,尽快给维州少数族群提供机会讨论他们面临的各种问题,我们认为,这是当务之急。”