On behalf of the Coalition, I wish the staff, volunteers and supporters of CanRevive a very happy Chinese New Year.
I hope you have been marking the celebratory period in fine tradition with feasts, fireworks and festivals in the company of family and friends.
The Year of the Rabbit is said to be a time of hope, peace and prosperity. May it bring you all good fortune.
With Australia Day and Chinese New Year celebrations taking place within a few days of each other this year, we are reminded of our good fortune to live in Australia.
No other country has a historical achievement such as ours – an Indigenous heritage and British inheritance complemented by migrants from around the world who have made Australia home.
The 1.3 million Australians of Chinese ancestry are part of Australia’s multicultural success story. Indeed, the last census revealed that of those who were born overseas and have since become Australian citizens, China is the third most common country of birth.
I thank the Australian Chinese community for your contributions to our nation in so many fields of endeavour.
Today, I particularly want to acknowledge the work of the CanRevive team and volunteers as well as the leadership of President Eric Yeung.
For 28 years, CanRevive has provided invaluable support and services to Chinese-speaking cancer patients and carers. In having helped more than 8,000 people since 1995, CanRevive’s work speaks to the neighborliness and compassion we associate with the very best of the Australian character. Thank you for all that you do.
Have a wonderful Chinese New Year lunch celebration today.
Hon Peter Dutton MP
Leader of the Opposition
2 February 2023