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More than 50 members from various Victorian Chinese community organisations attended an afternoon gathering at the Parliament House of Victoria on Thursday the 18th of August. This event, hosted by the Victorian Chapter of the Chinese Community Council of Australia (CCCA), was an information session for the upcoming 2012 CCCA National Conference.

During this occasion, attendees received speeches by several MPs, all of whom warmly encouraged bipartisan cooperation amongst Chinese community groups of Australia and expressed that it was good to see the unity displayed by the Chinese community. MPs who addressed the event included the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras, the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Daniel Andrews, the President of the Legislative Council Hon. Bruce Atkinson, Hon Tim Holding MP, Mr Robin Scott MP and the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of CCCA (Victorian Chapter), Mr Hong Lim MP.

Dr. Stanley Chiang, President of CCCA (Victorian Chapter) said that there is a clearly bipartisanship from politicians of both the Coalition and Labor parties in supporting multiculturalism, and this gathering is a small but significant step for CCCA (Victorian Chapter) towards achieving its goal of creating a united voice for the Chinese Australians (CA). CCCA is not about party politics; it is about the entire Chinese Community and standing up for all of our rights.

上周四八月十八号,五十多位维州华人社区领袖齐聚维州议会大厦,出席了由澳华社区议会维州分会(CCCAV)组织的下午茶聚会,这次聚会旨在介绍即将于2012年举办的澳华社区议会(CCCA)全国大会。

介绍会上,多位来自维州议会的部长,议员先后发言,充分肯定及鼓励澳华社区议会没有党派倾向性,及团结两党的原则, 并表示很高兴看到澳洲华人社区展示出来的凝聚力。来自维州两党的代表有:多元文化事务部长Nick Kotsiras, 维州反对党领袖Daniel Andrews, 维州议会上议院议长Bruce Atkinson, 影子财长Tim Holding, 影子金融部长Robin Scott, 以及澳华社区议会维州分部的顾问团主席-林美丰州议员。特别值得一提的是前联邦参议员陈之彬的发言,他表示欣喜看到澳华社区议会维州分部的努力,华人社区应该团结一致,向政府争取更多权益。

澳华社区议会维州分部会长蒋天麟医生说,很明显,自由联合党及工党都显示出了对多元文化的支持。这次聚会形式不大,但是对澳华社区议会维州分部来说是重要一步,其宗旨是为澳洲华人形成一种凝聚的声音。澳华社区议会和党派政治无关;澳华社区议会唯一关切的是全体澳洲华人,以及争取我们应得的权益。
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Chinese community leaders meet in Parliament House
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