澳大利亚首都华人社团联合会声明

澳大利亚首都华人社团联合会声明

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此声明针对澳大利亚广播公司(ABC)2022514日发布的联邦选举相关新闻 《澳大利亚首都地区参议院候选人李复新与中国政府的外国势力部门有关》作出回应

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。

以下回应反映了澳大利亚华人社区的集体意见,我们将坚决支持李博士参与竞选澳大利亚首都地区联邦选举的参议院。

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。

澳大利亚广播公司(ABC)的文章未经证实地声称,李博士与中国共产党或中国政府控制的机构有联系。文中的不实猜测故意误导选民,揣测他的竞选活动是在中国政府的影响下进行的,并且将文章在最后选举日的前一周发布,这绝对是恶意的行为。

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。

澳大利亚首都地区的华人社区将在整个竞选过程中支持李博士,反对汉密尔顿教授的言论以及他对“李博士希望在澳大利亚首都地区获得社区领导地位”的不实假设。我们社区也对李博士此次竞选的政策与主张充满信心!

近年来,澳大利亚华人公民,尤其是那些从中国大陆移民过来的人,为了不被怀疑与中国政府有关系的情况,而被隔离在“从政或参与促进中澳关系和经济增长的活动”之外。虽然澳大利亚华人占澳大利亚总人口的5%左右,但在澳大利亚联邦议会中的代表人数却远远不足。

我们坚信,澳大利亚华人与所有其他种族背景的澳大利亚公民一样,享有平等的投票权,并被鼓励参与议会职位竞争。 然而,在现实世界中,从历史上看,澳大利亚华人自定居澳大利亚以来,由于其种族出身而受到普遍的歧视。即使在今天,他们在寻找工作、获得晋升和竞选政治职位等方面仍然面临歧视。

澳大利亚首都地区华人社区认为,李博士从政和竞选参议员是促进社区参与政治辩论和促进华人融入澳大利亚民主生活的一个积极举措。

华人社区支持李博士的竞选,无论结果如何,社区有机会站出来,确保所有华人的声音被听到,这是我们关注的重点。 澳大利亚首都地区的华人社区对李博士的正直品格以及他在教育和文化交流方面的贡献充满敬佩。

虽然社区对澳大利亚广播公司(ABC)支持候选人宣传他们的竞选纲领表示感谢,但更重要的是,作为媒体需要提供一个平衡的观点,这篇文章无疑是不公平的,它试图对李博士的人格和对社区建立一个多元文化政治平台的信念制造负面影响。

澳大利亚首都华人社团联合会(FCA-ACT)成立于2001年9月1日,目的是将澳大利亚首都地区所有的华人社区组织团结起来,秉承合作精神,承认并尊重每个成员组织的独立性和个性,追求各自的具体利益,并为澳大利亚首都地区的华人社区寻求共同利益。

联系人Contact officers for this matter:

Contacts Officers:

Mr Sam Wong AM 0433947888

Mr Gu Hao 0421915804

Mr Andrew Yan (Chinese)            0415798602

 

澳大利亚首都华人社团联合会

2022年5月17

(CBRLife经授权编译)

 

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
influence arm”
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
malicious.
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
division.”.

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
on.
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.

Contact officers for this matter:
Contacts Officers:
Mr Sam Wong AM 0433947888
Mr Gu Hao 0421915804
Mr Andrew Yan (Chinese) 0415798602
The Federation of Chinese Associations of Australia Capital Territory Inc.
(FCA-ACT) Date 17 May 2022