Australian of diverse background united in a national bush fire crisis
A Minister’s Multicultural Community Roundtable was held at the Department of Home Affairs Office at Sydney, assisted by the new Regional Director for NSW/ACT Ms Sneha Chaterjee
Minister Alan Tudge, as the Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, addressed the 50 multicultural community leaders on a variety of topics and the main agenda is climate change and bush fire volunteering and funding raising in time of crisis and what role can the multicultural play as part of mainstream Australia.
From the forum, it is heartening to see Australians of diverse background united in an effort to help the nation recover from this natural disaster. It is estimated that the actual costs to the nation will be about $110 billion.
Group photograph of the Minister & Participants
Minister Tudge & Regional Director Chaterjee
Kingley Liu, Tony Pun with Director Chaterjee
The Chinese Australian community in all Australian states have been generous in financial donations to the bush fire appeal. In times of need, Chinese Australians like many other communities have united together to relieve the sufferings of fellow Australians affected by the bush fires. This sentiment is best expressed in a Sydney Morning Herald media comment:
“AccuWeather estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by the Australia wildfires from September 2019 and into 2020 will be $110 billion. Our rural population is the biggest loser and some had lost everything. Time for all Australians to come together to ensure we overcome these difficult times. Firstly we recognize and appreciate the brave, fearless and volunteer fire fighters who put their lives in danger to save others. We also need to look after the dependents of those who died fighting the fire. Finally, I hope the insurance companies will be generous on this occasion and fast track any payments.
I did not realize how huge our bush fire is, until the news reports said that it was bigger than the Amazon and California fires; and the reported smoke haze in NZ and South America. It is time to pay serious attention to climate change - this is not fake news anymore!”
In the round table conference, the participants have expressed a strong view to Minister Tudge that the PM Morrison should lead the nation in climate change and the multicultural communities shall partnership the government in a national effort to protect our environment.
Dr Anthony Pun OAM Chair of CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua National Senior Adviser to CCCA