On Saturday 26 November 2011, the Chinese Community Council of Australia (Victoria Chapter) held its Annual General Meeting, hosted by one of its members 2Future Education in Box Hill.

Dr Stanley Chiang, President of the CCCAV, reported that 2010/11 was all about consolidation and contribution.

“CCCAV stepped up its engagement with Victoria’s Chinese community and the wider community through a wide range of activities ranging from media engagement, the hosting of workshops and forums, meeting government representatives and community day,” said Dr Stanley Chiang, President of the Chinese Community Council of Australia (Victoria Chapter)

CCCAV was honoured to welcome Dr Gao Jia from the University of Melbourne as the guest speaker. Dr Gao was greatly impressed with the aims and objectives of CCCAV and its work to being the peak body for Victoria’s Chinese community.

“It is important for the Chinese community in Victoria and Australia for that matter to unite and band together under one voice. The community needs to get our opinions out more often and focus our energies on gaining a better understanding on what the issues are”, said Dr Gao Jia.

Dr Gao presentation outlined the important topic of Australia’s growing bilateral relationship with China, which sparked up much debate and discussion amongst members.

“We have heard members speak out and sharing their concerns on the Gillard Government’s policy decision in the Australia/United States military and security alliance. Some of our members saw this as a containment policy against China. Members are keen to see a more balanced approach in Australia’s foreign policy, said Dr Chiang.

“Our work is not done, it is clear to us that the voice of Victoria’s growing Chinese community needs to be heard. Our priority for 2012 is to do just that”, concluded Dr Chiang.

澳华社区议会维州分部 (CCCAV) 于2011年11月26日 (周六) 在博士山 (Boxhill) 举行了2011年年度大会。大会由CCCAV成员之一的2Future未来教育中心(2Future Education)协办。约60位大会成员及社区代表参加了当天的会议。

CCCAV会长蒋天麟医生向与会成员汇报了2010至2011年以团结统一与奉献为主题的各项工作。

他说:“澳华社区议会维州分部通过传媒宣传、举办讲座、与各级政府官员会谈、举行社区日等活动,率先站起来广泛而紧密的联系维州华人社区。”

大会更荣幸地邀请到墨尔本大学高佳博士作为演讲嘉宾。高博士对CCCAV作为维州华人社区的高端组织、为华人做实事的宗旨和目标而深受感动。

高博士说:“在同一个声音下紧密的团结一致对维州华人、乃至整个澳洲的华人都是非常重要的。华人社区需要在关键问题上集中力量达成共识,并把华人的声音更频繁更广泛地传递出去”。

高博士的报告简述了澳洲与中国双边关系发展的重要问题,并在与会会员中产生了热烈反响。大家各抒己见、气氛活跃。

会长蒋天麟医生介绍:“在谈到吉拉德政府在军事和国家安全问题上与美国合作的决策时,我们的会员纷纷发表、并共同探讨了各自的观点。一些与会成员认为这是一项对中国的遏制政策。大家都很希望看到澳洲在外交政策上能采用更平衡的方式处理问题。”

蒋医生最后总结到:“我们的工作尚未完成,大家应该更清楚地看到维州的华人社区在日益发展壮大,华人的声音需要被更多人听到。这正是我们2012年工作的当务之急。”