我们谨代表澳大利亚首都华人社团联合会，对2022年5月14日澳大利亚广播公司（ABC）新闻中刊登的由Echo Hui和Dylan Welch撰写的题为 “澳大利亚首都地区参议员候选人李复新与中国政府的外国势力部门有关 “的文章表示失望。
澳大利亚首都的华人社区认为，这篇文章是故意用来误导人们对 “外国干涉 “产生恐惧，蓄意阻止拥有华人背景的澳大利亚人参政。
据了解，在这篇文章的采访中，李博士已经清楚地解释了他与一些组织的联系是出于荣誉任命，而不是政治性的行为。 多年来，华人社区一直致力于在教育和文化交流领域为华人和澳大利亚同胞建立更好的关系。 李博士的工作重点是教育和文化交流，根据澳大利亚《联邦外国干预透明法案（Federal Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme legislation）》，他的工作并不会涉及间谍一说。就像其他国家也会为国外优秀人士进行荣誉表彰一样，李博士所获得的这些荣誉与任何活动都没有关系，因为他是澳大利亚公民，而他的活动是 “为大家发声，为和谐站台”。
在过去的几个月里，我们看到主要政党因担心 “中国影响 “而多次指责对方与中国政府的联系，包括习主席的访问。值得注意的是，在选举活动的早期阶段，澳大利亚谍报局局长伯吉斯（Burgess先生）曾公开干预并反击政府的 “中国影响 “运动。据悉，今年2月，伯杰斯先生对这种政治化和武器化可能导致的后果表示担忧，他说 “我们不能因为对“外国干涉”的担心而破坏利益相关者的参与，甚至煽动社区分裂，这一点至关重要。”
克里夫•汉密尔顿 (Clive Hamilton) 教授一直发表对中国一些不利的言论。我们华人社区对汉密尔顿教授表示强烈反对，他是一位著名的公共知识分子学者和公共伦理学教授，他非常清楚这种恐吓活动的用途和伯吉斯Burgess先生的警告，但仍然在这个关键时刻继续输出自己的反华观点，以支持“对李博士所谓与中国影响的联系”的指控。
联系人Contact officers for this matter:
Mr Sam Wong AM 0433947888
Mr Gu Hao 0421915804
Mr Andrew Yan (Chinese) 0415798602
The Federation of Chinese Associations (FCA-ACT) of ACT Inc.
To whom it may concern:
In response to ABC’s Federal Election 2022 dated 14 May 2022
“ACT Senate candidate Li Fuxin linked to Chinese government’s foreign
On behalf of The Federation of Chinese Associations of The Australian Capital
Territory “, we write to express our dismay with the article entitled “ACT Senate
candidate Li Fuxin linked to Chinese government’s foreign influence arm”
authored by Echo Hui and Dylan Welch published in ABC news dated 14 May 2022.
The following responses reflect the collective views of the Chinese Australian
community in support of Dr Li’s standing for the Federal Election’s Senate
candidacy in the ACT.
The ACT Chinese community finds publication of this article deliberately used as
misleading information to stir up the fear of “foreign interference”; undermining
Australian with ethnic Chinese background to participate in politics.
The ABC article unsubstantiated claimed that Dr. Li’s has some linkages previously
associated with either CCP and/or Chinese Government controlled agencies. The
key speculation deliberately attempted to mislead voters to that his campaign is
under China influence just a week before the final election day was crafted
It was understood that during the interview for this article, Dr Li’s has explained
clearly that his linkages with some of the organisations were honorary appointments
for ceremonial purposes rather than for political outcomes. For many years,
Chinese communities have endeavoured to build better relationship between ethnic
Chinese and fellow Australians in the areas of education and cultural exchange. Dr
Li’s work focus on education and his community standing plays no parts of spying or
lobbying under the Federal Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme legislation.
Apart from receiving the honour awards which other citizens from other countries
would have the similar recognition; Dr Li has no association with any, if any activities
with the understanding that he is an Australian citizen, and his campaign is to
“speaking for all and standing for harmony”.
Over the past few months, we have seen numerous accusations from the major
parties criticising each other’s linkages to the Chinese governments including the
visit of Chairman Xi for fear of “China influence”. It was worth noted that in the early
stages of the election campaign, the Australian Spy Chief had publicly intervened
and push back at the government’s dangerous “China scare” campaign. It was
noted that in February, Mr Burgess expressed concern as to where such
politicisation and weaponization can lead as quoted: “It is critical we do not let fear
of foreign interference undermine stakeholder engagement or stoke community
Prof Hamilton’s criticisms against China was not new. Our community took
exception against Professor Hamilton, a well-known scholar in public intellectual and
Professor of Public Ethics, who would be so aware of the use of this scare
campaign and Mr Burgess’ warning, continues to form his own anti-China opinion to
support such allegations against Dr Li’s alleged connections with China influence at
this critical point of time.
The Chinese community in the ACT will stand behind Dr Li throughout the campaign
and reject comments made by Dr Clive Hamilton and his assumption of Dr Li’s
wishes to gain a strong hold for community leadership in the ACT. The community
also confident of Dr Li’s character standing for the Senate seat of ACT.
In recent years, Australian Citizen of Chinese origin, especially those who have
emigrated from mainland China, have been swayed away from entering politics or
participated in events to promote China Australia relationship and, for economic
growth without being suspected of having ties to the Chinese government. While
Chinese-Australian population make up about 5% of the Australian population, they
are underrepresented in the Australian Federal Parliament.
We firmly believe that Chinese Australians, like all other Australian citizens from
other racial backgrounds, have an equal right to vote and are encouraged to
compete for parliamentary positions. In the real world, historically, however,
Chinese Australians have been systematically discriminated against because of
their racial origin since settling in Australia. Even today, they still face discrimination
when it comes to finding a job, getting a promotion, running for political office and so
The ACT Chinese community view Dr Li’s entering politics and his campaign to run
for the Senate position as a positive move to promote community engagement to
participate in political debates and foster integration into Australian democratic life.
The community support Dr’Li’s campaign and regardless of the outcome, the
opportunity for community to stand up to ensure their voices are heard is our prime
focus. The Chinese community in the ACT has confidence of Dr Li’s righteous
character and his contributions in education and cultural exchange.
Whilst the community appreciated the ABC supporting candidates with a chance to
publicise their election platform, it is important to provide a balanced view and this
article has no doubt an unfair attempt to create a fear campaign against Dr Li’s
character and the community’s beliefs to build a multicultural political platform.
The Federation of the Chinese Associations of the ACT (FCA-ACT) Incorporated
was established on 1st September 2001 with the purpose of uniting together, all the
Chinese community organizations in the ACT under the umbrella of one peak
representative body, embracing its spirit of cooperation, recognizing and respecting
each member organization’s independency and individuality in pursuing their own
specific interests as well as seeking common grounds for the benefits of the
Chinese community in the ACT.