House debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Statements by Members

Higgins Electorate: Lunar New Year Celebrations

4:35 pm

Photo of Katie AllenKatie Allen (Higgins, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Ni Hao Xinnian Kuaile! Happy Lunar New Year. I wish to extend my best wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year across my electorate of Higgins, Melbourne and of course across Australia. Celebrations have had to be very different compared to years past, with most celebrations having to be moved online. I personally want to thank organisations who adapted to these changes and made it possible for our communities to celebrate in a COVID-safe way, including the Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce. We have an immensely diverse migrant community in Australia and 2020 has taught us that there has never been a more important time to come together not only to support each other but also to celebrate together.

Last year was a tough year for everyone as we faced a global pandemic together. Given this, how appropriate it is that this year is the Year of the Ox. In fact, it is the iron ox. The ox is known for its diligence and dependability and, just as importantly, for its strength and determination. Let's all look to the spirit of the ox to guide us through 2021 to ensure that we navigate these uncertain times together strong and united. May the Year of the Ox be everything you hope it will be. Here's to 2021 bringing you good health, happiness and prosperity. And could I please ask the community to not hesitate to vaccinate when it's your turn when it comes to COVID. XieXie and Xinnian Kuaile!