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To the Southern Cross 对话南十字星: Matt Thistlethwaite
Federal MP for Kingsford Smith
金斯福德史密斯选区联邦议员

2016-06-30 15:53 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)Kingsford Smith选区并没有类似好市围(Hurstville)和博伍徳(Burwood)一样的广为人知的华人聚居区,但数据显示华人选民依然是该区域的人口最庞大的非英语族裔社区。

如果工党在这个选区和联邦大选都胜出的话,中国人很可能在继陆克文之后,再一次听到来自澳大利亚内阁的一声“你好”。

当然,这一切的可能性基于Matt Thistlethwaite的胜利,和Bill Shorten的胜利。

和陆克文一样,Matt Thistlethwaite也有一个中文名,悉苏伟。

悉苏伟的中文很好,在华人社区中也有很好的口碑。在过去的三年中,作为Kingsford Smith的联邦议员,他将主要的精力集中在了医疗,教育和加强社区凝聚力上。

Kingsford Smith选区三年总结

1. 医疗

“医疗一直是我的工作重点。威尔士王子医院一直都是我支持的医院,过去三年我为医院引进了新的设备,在接下来的三年中我们需要更多政府的资金支持。”

2. 教育

“我为当地的一所学校增加了职业技术培训中心,这样让今后有志向从事机械,服务等行业的学生在中学里就可以开始接触相关课程。”

3. 社会凝聚力

“我一直致力于为大家带来更有凝聚力的社区,我创办的活动包括迎接新生儿活动,老年人早茶会等等。”

我们需要更快的网络

从许多维度上来讲,澳大利亚是一个发达国家,但目前这些维度中并不包含网速。根据去年年底的数据显示,澳大利亚在网速上已经位列世界第60位,被新加坡,韩国等国家远远甩在后面。

许多澳大利亚人都同意,政治上的混乱状况拖了澳大利亚宽带网络发展的后腿。工党的光纤入户计划可以让90%的澳大利亚家庭和商户用上下载速度高达1G/s的网络,而自由党则认为前者花费过高,其所提出的混合技术可达到25Mb/s的下载速度。

“我们的社区都非常渴望高速网络,人们现在连下载一份文件都要等很久。”

对于1G/s的下载速度,一些自由党政客认为那对于普通家庭来讲过于快了,人们根本不需要。

“NBN和同时可以看多少部电影没有关系。有了世界一流的高速网络,我们可以让孩子们得到更高质量的教育;老人和孩子生小病的时候可以在家通过摄像头看病等等。”

“全世界都在用光纤,为什么澳大利亚不行?高速网络不是奢侈品,而是基本的需要。”

“自由党天天说澳大利亚将成为一个创新型国家,但削减教育经费和二流的网络速度是不可能让澳大利亚成为创新型国家的。”

中国,华人社区以及汉语

说起中国,每个澳大利亚人都知道目前中澳的贸易关系对于两国都十分重要,上一任工党政府曾经发布了《亚洲世纪中的澳大利亚》白皮书,虽然已经是4年前的事情了,但是悉苏伟认为,白皮书依然指出了正确的大方向。

“自由党没有确切的计划,但我们有。”

“看看自由党吧,Tony Abbot在外交上激怒了中国,他不了解亚洲。”

对在澳大利亚的华人社区,一些政客的普遍做法是,和中国商人握手吃饭拍照之后便宣称自己中中国社区的好朋友,而悉苏伟而他们则完全不一样。

“我很喜欢中国文化,我喜欢深入挖掘。我们每年过年的时候都会请中国舞狮队,歌唱家等等,在我们的社区中宣传春节的传统,比如发红包。”

悉苏伟并没有透露他是否会给他的孩子发红包,但是看得出,他是真的喜欢中国文化。

学习了两年中文,虽不及陆克文会见中国领导人不用翻译的情况,但悉苏伟表示每一天他都会在中文上有所进步。

“澳大利亚人不会第二种语言,而世界上很多国家的人都会第二种语言。这在贸易全球化的今天对于我们来讲是一个劣势。”

“中国是我们最大的贸易伙伴,但很少有澳大利亚人会讲中文,这很遗憾。我真的认为时候让学校做出点改变了,澳大利亚人应该学习更多的亚洲语言。”

Election 2016: Labor candidate for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite

By Han, Southeast Net Australia 30 June

When people talk about the Chinese Australian community, chances are they might mention names like Burwood or Hurstville, instead of anywhere in the electorate of Kingsford Smith.

While in fact, Chinese community, to lots people’s surprise, is the largest non-English speaking community in the electorate of Kingsford Smith, making up 10% of the entire electorate, demographically speaking.

If Labor wins the election, we might be able to witness another federal member, or minister possibly, who is capable of greeting China with “NiHao”, be another Australian symbol in Chinese families, after Kevin Rudd, or 陆克文.

He also has a Chinese name, 悉苏伟.

Yes he speaks Chinese. Yes he has good reputation among Chinese community. No he’s not moving anywhere other than Kingsford Smith.

It’s been four generations already since his family settled here. He has the “family connection” with everyone in this area. As the sitting MP for Kingsford Smith, he believes the past three years’ been a wonderful term, with which he’s looking forward to a better one.

3 Years Wrap-up

1. Health

“Health has been my major focus. I was instrumentally getting a new hybrid suite at the Prince of Wales hospital. In the next term, we sill need additional funding for this hospital as population grow.”

“I’ve also worked to ensure the national disability insurance scheme will be rolled out in our community. “

2. Education

“I’ve delivered a trade training center for a local school which allows students to learn while they’re still in school, about automotive, hospitality, etc. That’s what we are really proud of. ”

“Additionally we’ll deliver 141 dollars funding to our schools based on the needs.”

3. Social cohesion

“I introduced a number of social coherence program in our community, welcoming the baby ceremony, senior morning tea, Lunar New Year celebration as well.”

We need a better NBN

Australia is of course a developed country in many aspects, which may not include Internet speed right now. It ranks 60th now across the world in terms of downloading speed, thanks to the politic-dragged NBN network.

“Our community is crying out for better broadband services. Under Labor’s plan, fibred cable network to your homes and business would have been rolled out right now.”

Labor’s NBN plan,Fibre-To-The-Premises,would finally upgrade the Internet of every household and business of Australia to the actual downloading speed as fast as 1GB/s, while coalition’s mixed technology delivers the network which downloads 25Mb/s maximum. Several Liberal politician call Labor’s plan a waste of money and delivers way more than people would ever need.

“It’s not about how many movie you’ll be able watch at the same time. Businesses need higher speed. Kids will get a higher quality of education. E-health would be an initiative for people where they may have their old people or kids diagnosed in front of a TV set, instead of going to a GP.”

“The rest of the world is moving to fibre cable to you home. Why shouldn’t Australia? ”

Matt expresses his concern about Australia fall behind countries where people get access to fibre network, calling a high-speed network essential, instead of luxury.

“This claim that Liberal is all about innovation is complete rubbish. You can’t have a country of innovation by ripping 30 billion dollars out of school budget and delivering second rate Internet network in our neighborhood. ”

China, Chinese Community and Chinese Language

Everyone in Australia knows the importance of engagement with broader Asia, especially with China. Matt said Labor still abides by the Asian Century White Paper.

“We have a plan. They don’t.”

“Tony Abbot deeply offended Chinese Government, Liberal doesn’t have a comprehensive plan for engagement with Asia.”

Matt is not the kind of MP who only shakes with Chinese community leader and then call themselves big fans of Chinese Culture. Instead, he really digs into it.

“We invited Chinese singers, dancers, lion dancers to our Lunar New Year celebration every year, exposing the whole community into the importance of Lunar New Year.”

We are not sure if he gives HongBao to his kids when it comes to Lunar New Year, but it is this very passion about Chinese culture that drives him to learning Mandarin in the first place.

What’s important now, as he puts it, is to make more people like him to speak Chinese language.

“Many people in the world speak at least two languages, but it’s not the case in Australia. Not many Australians can go to China, our biggest trade partner, and speak fluent mandarin. That’s why I’m feeling like our encouraging school (to deliver Asian language education).”