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Chris Gambian: Labor’s candidate for Banks
By Han, Southeast Net Australia
In late 70’s, when Chris’s parents moved to Riverwood from South India, little Chris was the only brown-skin kid in the neighborhood.
Growing up as an Indian Australian in the 80’s is not an easy thing. He still recalls the days when his Mother had to drive all the way to Bondi to buy the spices for curry.
Times have changed, as he witnessed.
Now the closest spice shop is 10 minutes drive away, with the area of Riverwood, or the electorate of Banks, becoming one of the most culturally diverse areas of the entire Australia.
It’s special, without a doubt, to run for the chance to represent the place where he spent all his life, in the Federal Parliament.
“I never thought it’d be this fun. I had a chance to discover all these communities and people in my area that I’d otherwise never had a chance to explore. ”Said the local boy.
“I hope I could be the one who bridge the gap between Parliament and the wonderful multicultural community of Banks.”
Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr. Chris Gambian
Liberal won the election in Banks in 2013, with David Coleman, the sitting MP for Banks. 3 years’ past, another election is just around the corner.
What disappoints you the most during the past three years both in the local area of Banks and in federal level?
“Some of the development that has been going on, I would say, has not been appropriate for this area. Of course our suburb needs to be keeping evolving and changing. That’s inevitable. But I think we haven’t thought about the full amenity in our suburb.”
“We need parks and transport as well as the buildings. We need to plan what our suburb is going be look like in the next 50 years.”
2. Council Amalgamation
“The thing that really worries me is that we don’t have an elected council until the September of next year.”
“There is one man who’s in charge and he is the full council. We don’t have any local democracy any more.”
“In all these development that has been going on, there is one person that gets the final say. “
3. Gonski Plan
“In last election, both parties have said that we’d fund this, which turned out to be not true.”
“I know that lots of families want to have the best possible school for their kids. That’s reasonable.”
“My big worry about this co-payment or rebate freeze is that, people just won’t go to the doctor. The ones who need to go the doctors will google it and go to pharmacy.”
“We know that if you have an early intervention on a lot of conditions, you actually save money and get a better outcome in the long run.”
“The freeze, in the long run, reduces the effectiveness of Medicare.”
I want every kid to be able to afford to go to university
Both Chinese Community of Australia and Chinese students in Australian universities have been watching closely on the matter of University Deregulation where universities would possibly charge full fee or a much higher fee on every student.
Part of Hurstville, as also a part of the electorate of Banks, is the home of many Chinese students here in Australia.
“University deregulation is a very fancy way of saying “university won’t be accessible to everybody.”
“I was lucky. When I waned to go to university, there’s no way my parents could have afforded the full fee. “
“I think it’s crazy that liberals, Mr. Coleman especially, talked about innovation and the jobs/skills in the future. You can’t do this by making it harder for people to going to university.”
Debate has been going on for a while where few Liberal politicians believe in university reform which encourages more young people to become skill trades people and meanwhile enhances the quality outcome of university.
Chris responded strongly.
“Of course we need skill trades people. But why should it be that only kids from working class family become trades people and only kids in rich family go to universities?”
“Every child who’s born should be able to reach its potential.”
Communication holds the key of Multiculturalism
Chris knows more than anyone else about how important a successful implementation of the idea of multiculturalism is to the society of Australia. He, in the way he puts it himself, is a big fan of actually getting into the community.
“Two things are really important here.
One is for anglo-saxon austrlians to feel like there is things they haven’t explored, instead of simply putting people into boxes.
The other thing is that people who are not Anglo-Saxon Australians to feel like they have the chance to participate in the mainstream institutions of Australian lives, whether there are more people going to parliaments or more people taking senior roles in business or community sectors.”
“What’s important is that when you see a group of people and you don’t talk to them, you’ll start making assumptions. As soon as you get to know them, you stop making assumptions about them.”
“There is a tendency that I have noticed in a lot of politicians of all parties to only look at one aspect of the community and think that’s it. Take Chinese community for example, they could talk to a community association or a business people that might come into function and say ‘oh that’s us engaging with the Chinese Community’. What they haven’t done is to bother go to the mahjong group.”