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对话南十字星: David Coleman
Federal MP for Banks
班克斯选区联邦议员
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2016-06-27 16:03 彭寒 来源:东南网澳大利亚站 责任编辑:石月 黄艺

David Coleman有一个很好记的中文名字,叫做高民,当地的华人都这样称呼他。

自从1949年该选区建立以来,这个席位一直被工党牢牢攥在手里,而在2013年的大选中,来自自由党的David改变了尘封64年的历史,首次将该席位收入自由党囊中。

如今三年过去,大选再次临近,Banks也成为了本次大选的关键选区之一,目前在民调中David以微弱的优势领先来自工党的候选人Chris Gambian。

“目前最关键的问题是振兴经济,而我们(自由党)在过去有着非常好的经济管理经验。”

女士们先生们,David Coleman。

Banks选区三年总结

作为Banks选区的联邦议员,过去三年最重要的成就是什么?

1、WestConnex

“这个涉及30亿联邦财政拨款的工程让我们的M5号公路更加畅通。很多人开车去市区的时候都会堵在东边的隧道里,这个工程中很重要的一部分就是拓宽隧道,从两车道变成四车道。”

2、环境

“过去三年我们在乔治河及其周边开展了很多项目,涉及清理,保护以及修步道等等,能在乔治河边生活,我们很幸运。”

3、支持社区组织

“Banks是一个多元文化社区,有许多非常活跃的社区组织,对于这一点我感到非常幸运。我们为各式各样的社区组织提供了60万的资金支持,这其中包括了许多华人经常去的Three Bridge社区组织。”

 

我非常享受与华人社区一起工作的时光

在2013年的大选中,澳大利亚最大的华人聚居区好市围市(Hurstville)全部都属于Banks选区,这几乎占据了该选区的20%。华人选民之于David上一次胜利的意义无需赘述。

在今年的大选中,由于选区变动,Banks选区被重新划分,好市围市被铁轨一分为二,只有一部分属于Banks选区。

“现在好市围大概占了选区面积的15%吧,(华人选民)其实也很多。”

David对于华人社区的印象非常好,他看到了华人对于未来的重视,尤指在对于下一代的教育方面。

“很多华人选择在澳大利亚生活也是想要一些更好的机会,我认为他们的眼光是非常长远的。”

“另外令我印象非常深刻的地方在于,华人简直是全能,他们精通音乐,诗歌,舞蹈,又同时善于做生意和社区活动,他们太全能了。我很高兴能和华人社区的朋友们一起工作,也期待能够继续与他们一起工作。”

 

中澳贸易进入了最好的时候

David认为只有当执政者又足够丰富的商业头脑和经验时,才能够把国家经济工作做好。这一点,身为国会经济委员会主席的他深有体会。

“当你亲身参与到商业运作中,你才能切实体会到如何才能达到你的目的,什么才是创造就业最好的方法,而很多政客没有这方面的经验。”

随着自贸和政府支持小企业,David非常骄傲地表示中澳贸易已经进入了新的时代。每当和人提起中澳贸易,David总爱谈起好市围一家华人羊肉串商家的故事。这家店不仅卖羊肉串,还同时向中国出口羊肉。在未来的7年中,这些羊肉在出口时所交28%的关税将被逐步削减为零。在自贸体系下,光明的未来正在等待着他们。

“1999年,澳大利亚和新西兰之间的贸易甚至都大于澳大利亚和中国之间的贸易,而17年后的今天,中国已经成为了我们最大的贸易伙伴。”

1、海外房产投资政策的变化

虽然未来对于想要拓宽中国市场的澳大利亚商家来讲时明朗的,但澳大利亚即将在七月份开始实施的针对海外房地产投资者的一系列紧缩政策,让不少海外投资者的信息开始受到影响。

“这些政策并没有针对来自某个国家投资者,我们很明确,它只是针对海外的房产购买者。”

“很多国家都有针对海外购房者的限制政策,我认为这很合理,也很公平。”

2、难民问题

难民问题可能是最近华人社区最关注的话题之一,除了微信朋友圈事件以外,许多选民也希望可以得到David的正面回应。

“我们的政策很明确。澳大利亚通过人道主义难民计接收了大量难民,基于澳大利亚本身的人口来计算的话。我们只是需要确保我们的边境是安全的,这也是前任工党政府没有做到的。”

3、同性恋婚姻

“这个问题我们的立场也很坚定。由于社区中不同的想法的声音都很多,每一个澳大利亚人都有权利来表达自己的看法。如果我们获胜,那么我们将会举行公投。”

David Coleman,Liberal’s candidates for Banks

By Han, Southeast Net Australia

The electorate of Banks has never been represented by any parties other than Labor since its very creation, until sitting Liberal MP David Coleman came along at the election in 2013, breaking this 64-year-long history.

With another election just around the corner, any marginal seat can trigger the change of the entire federal government.

The slogan of this campaign of Liberal goes Jobs & Growth, which fits David, the Chair of the house economic committee, perfectly.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. David Coleman

3-year Wrap-up:

What has been the most significant achievement in the electorate of Banks in the past three years?

1. WestConnex

"That involves 3 billion dollars financing of the federal government including the duplication of M5 east tunnel."

"People in my electorate drive to the city get stuck there quite frequently with only 2 lanes currently, which we’re going to duplicate it."

2. Environment

"Over the past three years we’ve done many environmental project along the Georges River in terms of cleaning up different elements of the river, various issues with pollution."

3. Supporting a wide range of community groups

"We are very fortunate to have lots of very active community groups in our area, and we have provided over 600000 dollars in funding for various community groups, including three bridges community groups which is used by a lot of local Chinese people. "

 

I hope to continue to work with the Chinese Community

At last election, with Hurstville as the part of the electorate of Banks, David had the largest Chinese Community of the entire Australia in his electorate. Needless to point out how important the Chinese Australian voters are to him.

Thanks to the boundary change of the Banks electorate, part of the Hurstville at the other side of the rail link was axed out the Banks.

"it is still large in my electorate, probably about 15% now, which is still very substantial. "

"Chinese Community cares about the future. It’s very impressive seeing them putting emphasizes on art, business, community, etc. I really enjoy working closely with the Chinese Community in recent years. I hope to continue to do so. "

 

It’s now the best time for the Sino-Australia trade

As David puts it himself, the previous experience in business operating enables him to learn how to get things done in economy sector, as well as knowing the practical reality of employing people and job creating.

"Sometimes in politics, it can be a bit theoretical. Many people in politics haven’t had that business experience."

"I think the economic relation with China is incredibly important, as well as the cultural relation. In 1999, Australia’s trade with New Zealand was larger than China. And here we are. 17 years later, China is by far our largest trade partner. "

1. Real estate policy change

Restricting policy on real estate sector targeting foreign investors in several states including NSW, among which there are stamp duty, foreign capital gain withholding payment.

Chinese investors in particular, by far the biggest foreign buyers of Australian property, are now concerning about the change.

"I think the changes that we have made have been appropriate and necessary. Every country in the world has provisions for foreign investors particularly in real estate. "

"I don’t think it’s the matter of focusing on a particular nation. The broader question is whether it’s appropriate for a nation to have rule about foreign investment in real estate. The answer is YES."

2. Refugee

"The policy of the coalition government is very clear. We do have a strong humanitarian refugee program in Australia. We accept a very significant number of refugees in Australia in relative to our population. "

"The thing is that we need to ensure our boarders are secure, which is not under the previous government. "

We need to secure our boarder to have an orderly refugee program.

3. Same sex marriage

"Coalition’s policy is very clear. Each Australian should be able to have a say on plebiscite. "

"That’s appropriate because there’s very wide range of views on this issue in the community. Everyone should get a vote on this issue." 

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