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The book review of Vivienne McWaters’ book “Beechworth Little Canton” previously published in this blog, laid an important foundation for stimulating a parliamentary speech by a Federal Australian MP, Ms Michelle Rowland. This speech is now published in Hansard, which is a Parliamentary record. It would appear that her speech is a catalyst, in the near future, for the acknowledgement of the past wrongs or some form of statement of regret by the Australian Parliament, The full text of the Ms Rowland’s speech is enclosed. Her recorded speech in parliament is also available as shown in facebook under Erin Chew, the Vice-President of CCCA Inc. (NSW). Who wrote:
Michelle Rowland sticking her neck out for the Chinese Australian community and fior the Asian Australians who suffered under the White Australian policy!
A response to Michelle Rowland, MP, speech in the National Parliament, Canberra.
By Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, Chinese Community Council of Australia is shown below
The Chinese Australian community is indeed indebted to Michelle Rowland MP, for her courageous statement about the “bad” old days of legislative discrimination against the early Chinese gold miners in Australia, commonly known as the White Australia Policy. The acknowledgement of past wrong doings is a prerequisite for the nation to look forward to a future of harmonious, cohesive and united multicultural society where all communities contribute to the development and future of the nation. On behalf of the Chinese Community Council of Australia, I wish to thank Ms Rowland for her kind remarks and in the future, she will be warmly remembered by the Australians of Chinese descent for her milestone parliamentary speech.
t is interesting to note that Ms Daphne Lowe-Kelly mentioned in the speech is also the National Secretary of the Chinese Community Council of Australia.
The author hope that Australia would follow New Zealand, Canada and the US in acknowledging the past wrongs in discriminating against their Chinese settlers.
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