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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 34

Mr LAUNDY (Reid) (13:53): Gee it is nice to be back, ladies and gentlemen! Next week, across the electorate of Reid we will be celebrating Chinese New Year at numerous festivals, parades and celebrations. This year we celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The general image of people of this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and their wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Isn't that something we could all aspire to?

Chinese New Year is the most important time in Chinese culture. It is a time to celebrate the coming year, reflect on the past year, and spend time with family and friends. It is also a great time to remind ourselves of the incredible contribution that Chinese migrants have made to Australia over many generations, not just in my electorate of Reid, but throughout Australia. Migrants from China have enriched our communities and, through their hard work and commitment to education, the Chinese-Australian community has established businesses that are driving growth in our economy.

Of course, this year will be especially important for both Australia and China. The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. There is much to celebrate this year, the Year of the Monkey. It promises to be a good one. I look forward to joining my community in celebrating. To all Australians of Chinese background, my family wishes you health, wealth and prosperity. As they say: Kung Hei Fat Choy.