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To the Southern Cross 对话南十字星:Linda Burney
Federal MP for Barton 巴顿选区联邦议员

2016-06-30 14:31 彭寒 来源:东南网澳大利亚站 责任编辑:石月 黄艺

东南网澳大利亚站讯 (本站记者 彭寒)由于选区变化等诸多一系列因素,悉尼南区机场附近的Barton选区几近成为了澳大利亚华人选民最接近影响澳大利亚政治历史的地方。

今年的大选中,随着好市围市(Hurstville)的大部分地区被归入Barton选区,华人选民一跃成为Barton选区中人口最庞大的少数族裔群体。另外,澳大利亚国会历史上第一位土著女性议员极有可能在这里产生,每一张选票,都有可能创造新的历史。

Linda Burney,这位教师出身的女政客从踏入政坛的第一天起就在创造历史。土著人的身份标签带来了荣誉,更多的还有压力。

如今站在国会大厦的门口,用她自己的话说,所有的经历也好,标签也罢,都是她的动力。

“这次大选最美妙的事情在于,每一个Barton选区的人都知道,我们距离创造新的历史,仅有一步之遥。”

我对我的身份感到骄傲

“我是一名工党党员,从上个世纪80年代中期开始就一直是了。工党的价值观与我相信的东西不谋而合,因此我一直非常坚定地支持着它。”

平等,公正,代表工薪阶层。这位来自新南威尔士州中部的土著女性在工党的立场中找到了自己,并于2003年正式走上政治舞台,当选为新州议会第一位土著议员,代表悉尼南区的Canterbury。

就在Linda的政治生涯刚刚起步时,她遭遇了一次人生中最重大的打击——她的丈夫于2006年因病不幸离世,这件事成为了Linda人生观和世界观的转折点。

“直到现在我仍然每天都在想念他,我们曾经有过伟大的爱情,一起度过了美好的岁月。从那以后,我意识到生命是无常的,没有什么东西是确定的,你曾经拥有的东西很可能转瞬即逝。”

一个人的日子,Linda没有失去信心,反而更加坚定。她积极活跃于各个领域,除了推进与土著人有关的事务,她还格外关注教育在新州甚至整个澳大利亚的发展。5年前,她当选为新南威尔士州工党副党魁。

“我是土著人,并且我为此而感到骄傲。但同时,我也总是对媒体说,不要把我仅仅定义为一个土著政客。能开创土著人议政的新历史我非常骄傲,但这并不意味这我有一个狭隘的政治眼光。”

“华人社区的朋友们你们好!”

“中国和澳大利亚的联系不仅仅开始于上个世纪70年代,它可以追溯到很久之前的淘金浪潮中。”

许多澳大利亚人并不了解,或者理解,这一段有关中澳两国最早交集的历史。由于种种原因,淘金热中的华人不能被笼统地称为中澳友谊的开端,但中华文化的确在这片土地上留下了自己的脚印。

“有一个中国矿工娶了一位土著女人并在这里安定了下来,这可能很多人都不知道。直到今天,一些在当年矿场周围的土著家庭仍然保留着他们的中国姓氏,因为他们是那对夫妇的后代。”

在过去十三年新州议会的生涯中,Linda接触了数量众多的华人社区和社团,其中就包括著名的CASS,华人服务社。

“我想要告诉Barton所有的华人社区和社团以及留学生们,我希望和你们交朋友,了解你们。”

另外,Linda日前也在华人社区中公开发声,表达了对种族主义政治家Pauline Hanson可能再次重返国会的公开反对,以及对Barton试点中学汉语义务教育的大力支持。

相关链接:

Barton选区联邦议员工党候选人Linda:将全力争取汉语教育义务制

大选热点话题

针对华人父母探亲签证的老大难问题,工党日前推出的3年探亲签证承诺,在澳华人将有机会通过更加简易的签证得到对父母尽孝的机会。

不过另一方面,自由党很快给出了回应,推出了5年的探亲签证承诺。部分华人也开始担心此事会仅仅成为一个竞选口号,而不会快速有效地被执行。

“工党所做的承诺都一定会实现,任何不把华人当回事的政党都是愚蠢的。”

“我可以很负责任地在这里告诉所有人,我非常重视我选区内的华人,他们非常重要。”

近期华人父母普遍关注的另一个话题来自工党推出的“安全学校计划”以及学校课程中是否会出现同性恋内容的传言。对此,Linda的回应非常清楚和坚决。

“安全学校计划是反对以大欺小的计划,同时它并不是强制执行的,执行与否和怎样执行都取决于学校。”

“如果有人说这个计划会教育孩子们如何成为同性恋,那么我只能说这是完全错误且不负责任的,这些人应该好好检讨一下自己了。”

Election 2016: Labor Candidate for Barton, Linda Burney

By Han, Southeast Net Australia.

Never ever in the history of Australian federal election, Chinese Australian voters have come this close of making history, by which we may not only witness the possible change of federal government, but also, more likely, the first indigenous woman in the House of Representative of Australian Parliament.

After picking up a large part of Hurstville, Barton now has probably one of the largest proportions of Chinese Community among all the electorates across NSW.

Linda Burney, the first Aboriginal person to serve the Parliament of NSW, believe she’s ready to carry these tags on her shoulder and move forward for creating new history.

“One of the things that’s fascinating about this coming election is everyone in Barton understands we can create history.”She told Southeast Net Australia.

I am proud of who I am

“I have been a Labor Party member since mid 80’s, and I’ve never ever considered any other parties. Because its value and what it stands for reflects who I am.”

Beside the shared value with Labor, she singles out equality, fairness, and representing working people.

Linda, the proud member of the mighty Wiradjuri aboriginal nation, officially began her political career in 2003 when she was elected as the Member for Canterbury.

However, becoming the first Aboriginal people in the NSW Parliament is not considered as the most life-changing moment, according to herself.

Ten years ago, Linda’s husband passed away, where she changed her view of life completely.

“We had a great love and I still think of him every single day. What I learnt from it is that nothing is sure in life.”

In the past ten years, Linda became the most successful Aboriginal woman in the state politics of NSW. 5 years ago, she was elected the deputy leader of Labor Party in NSW.

“The thing that I’d always tell the media is ‘Don’t box me into aboriginal person.’ I’m a woman and an Australian. Being an aboriginal does not mean a narrowed view of the world. ”

Apart from Aboriginal affairs, she has also worked as Minister for Youth and Minister for Community Service.

Big Hello to Chinese Community in Barton

“The relation between China and Australia goes back to many hundreds of years ago, particularly in the Gold Rush when many Chines miners were here looking for Gold. ”

Even if the story of the Chinese miners back in the Gold Rush and the level of white miners’ aggression against them is what Australia has just began to understand, Linda believes the experience of the Chinese people on this continent is a big part of Australian story.

“A Chinese Miner married an Aboriginal woman, therefore many Aboriginal families from the places where Gold Rush took place actually have Chinese Surnames.”

Throughout the past 13 years’ representing Canterbury in the NSW Parliament, Linda had a chance to work with many Chinese communities and organizations, CASS for example.

“I want to develop close relationship with all the Chinese organizations, communities and also students in Barton as well.”

Additionally, as Southeast Net Australia has covered in a previous story, Linda is committed of introducing compulsory mandarin education in schools of Barton at every opportunity at Canberra if elected.

Campaign Topics

Labor’s promise of introducing 3-years family visa of continuous stay was responded by the Liberal’s 5-year commitment. Numbers of Chinese Australians also expressed the worries over the commitment ending up being a campaign token.

“What Labor said is a solid rock. Any political party would be foolish not to take Chinese Community seriously.”

“I can say without any fear of contradiction that I understand how important the Chinese community is in Barton.”

In respond to what concerns the Chinese Australian parents over the issue of Safe School Program, particularly about what kids may learn at school about GLBT group, Linda gave us a clear respond.

“Let’s be clear of what the safe school program is. It’s about anti-bullying. The program is voluntary. It’s up to school to decide if they want to have it or not.”

“It is completely wrong to say it’s compulsory and you child is going to be taught to be gay. I found that reprehensible and the people that are saying really need to take a look at themselves.”