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【To the Southern Cross 对话南十字星】Craig Laundy
Federal MP for Reid 瑞德选区联邦议员

2016-06-07 10:15 彭寒 来源:东南网澳大利亚站 责任编辑:石月 黄艺

东南网澳大利亚站6月7日讯(本站记者 彭寒) 从Craig的曾祖父开始,他们家就在Reid地区定居了。Craig在这里出生和长大,对于他来讲,这里是他唯一的家乡。

Reid选区自由党候选人Craig Laundy

和工党在Reid选区的候选人Angelo长达二十年的从政经历不同,Craig在政界的时间并不是很长,一直管理着家族企业的他,到2013年才算是正式踏入政界。虽为新人,但他不鸣则已,一鸣惊人。他通过三年前的大选一步就跨入了国会大厦,代表自由党当选为代表Reid的联邦议员,打破了工党在这一选区超过20年的垄断。

Reid这个选区很大,其中 Burwood是一块主要的华人区,也是悉尼华人最集中的地方之一。Craig的竞选办公室就坐落在Burwood市中心的公园旁边,简单而精致。

Craig Laundy的竞选办公室就坐落在Burwood主街上

对于Craig Laundy,关心政治的澳洲华人可能会记得他曾经公开反对安倍参拜靖国神社,公开抗议帕尔默辱华言论等等,这位把办公室设在华人区主街上的议员一直以来都和华人社区走得很近。

大选将至,Craig和Angelo分别代表两个澳大利亚的主要政党在这一关键的选区展开了激烈的争夺。根据最新的民意调查显示,Craig所代表的自由党目前以2%的微弱优势暂时处于领先位置,而此时距离最终的投票日还有不到5周的时间。

酒店企业家的经济视角

如果我们把Craig Laundy这个名字拆开,那么在他从政之前超过半个世纪的时间里,他的姓一定比他的名更响亮。

Craig Laundy的爷爷Arthur Laundy于1945年开始经营以酒店为主的家族企业并将之命名为Laundy Hotel,时至今日Laundy Hotel在整个新州拥有超过三十家分店,而Laundy一家也成为了名副其实的酒店世家,而Craig在从政以前的20年的时间里,也一直和他的家人一起经营和管理着这些酒店。

“我在其中(管理家族企业)受益匪浅。”Craig在谈到经营家族企业和从政的关系时说,“我在参与讨论对小企业减税的法案时就曾提出对非公司性质的个体户,合伙人等应该采取相应的优惠政策,因为做了很多年生意,我也知道很多小企业都是非公司性质的。他们(其他参与制定政策的官员)对我说,‘是啊,你说的很对!’”

“后来我们就把针对非公司性质企业的政策加进去了。这些都是我经商23年所累积下来的经验,关于税收系统,关于企业结构等等。”

在Craig和他的同事们的努力下,自由党联合政府在不久前推出的新财年(2016.7-2017.7)国家财政计划中,对小规模企业实行了大规模、多种多样的税收减免和优惠等制度。这一切在 Craig看来,是一个新的良性循环的开始。

“我们支持小企业,希望可以带动他们创造更多的工作岗位。而小企业大多都会雇佣居住在本地的员工,他们最后又把工资通过消费的形式重新注入到本地的经济中,这是一个非常好的循环。”

华人企业家的机遇

随着去年中澳自贸协定的签订和今年政府大力支持小企业,Craig坦言他看到了前所未有的商业机会,更加具体地来讲,华人企业家的机会。

在澳华人企业家或迎来新的机遇,图为澳大利亚总理,自由党领袖Malcolm Turnbull和Craig Laundy走在Burwood主街上,资料图

“看看窗外吧,”Craig指了指Burwood市中心满街的华人商家,“华人企业家可以成为这一切最直接和最快的受益者。”

“去中国做生意的关键并不在于资金,而是语言和文化。而在这方面我们的澳洲华人企业家有着天然的优势。”

他认为从长远来讲自贸协定的签订对于两个国家的经济都有着巨大的好处,但从短期和更具体的角度,在Reid选区他已经看到华人企业家在利用自身优势,向中国市场进发了。

“我最近遇到了很多优秀的华人企业家,他们都很年轻。有一位女士在做向中国出口葡萄酒的生意,我印象很深刻。”

“这些都是很好的例子,华人企业家现在有着非常好的机遇。”

教育改革的新想法

本次澳大利亚大选中关于高校自治(university deregulation)的议题在近期受到了许多中国留学生的关注。虽然全面自治的提案已经被否决,但是部分优质课程实行自治的可能性仍然存在,并有可能在新政府成立之后再次审议。

有专家指出,无论是全面自治还是部分课程自治,都将可能导致入学门槛升高和学费上涨。

对此,Craig表示澳大利亚需要正面毕业生质量下降的问题。

“我们想要澳大利亚的大学成为全球顶尖的大学,这一点从未改变。”

“我知道大家很关心学费的问题,没错,它是很重要。但同时我们也要正视我们的教育质量正在下降这一事实,入学门槛的降低是重要的原因。”

和中国教育改革的方向相似,Craig认为人们是时候重新看待职业教育了。有经济能力的父母总希望自己的子女可以进入大学学习,但Craig的想法有些不一样。

职业教育或成为教育改革新出口?资料图

“我对我三个孩子的期望是他们能有一份收入不错的工作。如果一个大学毕业生找不到工作,那么大学教育意义何在呢?”

“我们总是对职业教育充满偏见,但今天的电工很可能就是明天的电焊工具铺老板。有一次一位电视台主持人告诉我律师们正在失业,我对他说在悉尼西区我们正急需砌砖工和木匠。”

“我认为可能有些大学学生更适合职业教育,因为那里就业比大学更有保障。等他们经营起他们的小生意,他们又能创造更多的就业,这就又是一个良性循环。”

Election 2016:Liberal Candidate for Reid, Criag Laundy: Much More Than A Pub Heir.

By Han,Southeast Net Australia 7 June

Born in 1971, Craig is the 4th generation of his family to have lived in Strathfield. He spent almost his entire life in the local area, where he worked for his family business, Laundy Hotel, for over two decades.

As the sitting federal member for Reid, he said the marginal seat requires very hard work, and even harder when it comes to an eight-week campaign.

A Galaxy poll published in the Daily Telegraph on 14 May, 1 week after the campaign officially kicked off, reported first preferences of Liberal 44%, Labor 38%, with the result Liberal 51% Labor 49% after preferences.

Small business

Known as the “pub heir” by number of local newspapers, Craig said he learnt things that he later found pretty helpful in his political career from his family business of hotel, especially on this year’s small business tax cut plan.

“In the discussion (over the small business tax cut), I mentioned to them the large proportion of small business are either partnerships or sole traders. So they pay tax at marginal tax rate, not company tax rate. They said, ‘wow, that’s right.’”

“So we put an element in there that allowed us to offer the tax cut to those people that would have otherwise missed out.”

“That comes through my understandings, by running business for 23 years, of how tax structures and business structures work.”

The new budget plan introduced a 1.5% tax cut on company tax rate for small business, as well as other tax discount and concessions. Backing small business, which already today has employed half of the Australia’s labor force, as Craig puts it, is very important.

“We need them to continue growing as they create more jobs.”

“If you look at Reid, the wages they have earned are spent back in the economy. It’s a circle that drives us forward.”

Chinese Australian business owners to be the big winner

Given last year’s Free Trade Agreement with China, and now the small business tax cut, Craig holds the same belief with David Coleman that this is the best time of helping Australian small business expand to China. Meanwhile, he also believes the Australian Chinese entrepreneurs are to be the early winner.

“The key to do business in China is not just dollars and cents. It’s language and culture. “

“Our Australian Chinese communities have the amazing opportunity to be the early adopters. “

“That benefits both countries. Not only FTA is important to all Australia, but in the short term, as I have seen in Reid, China born Australians are the first people to take the advantage (of both FTA and small business tax cut).”

On University Deregulation

We have seen the education sector as one of the main battlefields of this election. Just like what arouses concern of large amount of overseas students, we’ve seen the possibility of university deregulation, which might end up with number of costlier courses.

”If we are to have our universities as places attractive for overseas students, they are quite clearly that they’d be looking at the quality of education. ”

“I know everyone wants to focus on the cost and yes that’s important. But we need to overcome the fact that the quality and the entrance marks have decreased. ”

Speaking on the challenge of the education system of Australia, Craig started with his expectation on his own kids.

“Most people want their kids to go to universities. I’m a little different. I’m desperate for my child to have a good-paid job. What’s the use of turning out a student with university education if that student can’t find a job?”

“There’s a stigma attached to get a trade qualification. But today’s trainees are tomorrow’s small business operators. ”

“There are people in universities where there is unsure employment outcomes, where those people might a lot better suited to a trade qualification and a definite employment to start with, moving on to business ownership by the time, taking advantages of the company tax cut. This is the circle.”