Taiwanese-Australians are hoping for Australia to maintain its strong leadership in the Indo-Pacific while strengthening a push for Taiwan to be included in the World Health Assembly as an observer state.
Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong face the new responsibility of Australia’s relationship with China. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
Hongkongers in Australia hope for more visa streams to allow loved ones in Hong Kong to escape the region that is seeing a wave of emigration since the national security laws enforcement in 2020.
Asian communities in Australia are now hastening to consult with the new federal government to ensure their voices are heard.
Uyghurs demand genocide denunciation
“A motion needs to be put forward again by politicians to ensure the Australian government determines genocide is being committed to Uyghurs,” Ms Chanisheff said.
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association president Ramila Chanisheff says Australia has an obligation to denounce CCP’s treatment of her people as genocide. Source: Supplied / Ramila Chanisheff
Former independent senator in March last year, but it was blocked in the Senate.
“We’re hoping that the next three to four years won’t be another government that’s not going to act on its promise or act to ensure that genocide is stopped.”
Ms Chanisheff admitted “it is a huge ask” for the Australian government to impose regulations on imports that pass through complex supply chains, but said the forced labour “needs to be stopped” when “millions of people are enslaved”.
Push for ‘togetherness’ by Taiwanese-Australians
Mr Albanese confirmed his government’s position would remain the same as the Coalition’s after US President Joe Biden warned Washington would intervene militarily if Beijing invaded Taiwan.
“[Supporting Taiwan vocally] is great, you get a warm, fuzzy feeling, but really, at the end of the day, the governments really never step up.”
Hongkongers excited for future security in Australia
The specialised visa arrangements came after the CCP enforced sweeping national security laws in Hong Kong in 2019, in a move that pro-democracy advocates say stifles freedom of speech and expression.
Spokesperson for Australia-Hong Kong Link Jane Poon said she is confident the new Labor government will maintain the existing visa streams set up by the Coalition — but wants them expanded as “the situation in Hong Kong is getting worse”.
“There is a labour shortage in Australia. This is a good cause to introduce [more streams] to allow top students from top [Hong Kong] universities to come here.”
The Tibetan push for strong sanctions against CCP officials
“This is a demand that if [Chinese officials] close off areas and they don’t allow people to travel to Tibet, then they will have their visa restricted or not cancelled as well,” said Zoë Bedford, executive officer of the Australian Tibet Council.
Dr Zoë Bedford, executive officer of the Australia Tibet Council. Source: Supplied
The CCP maintains Tibet has long been a part of China, while Tibetans and allies believe the region has been under CCP occupation since Beijing’s 1950 takeover.
The last time an Australian leader met with the Dalai Lama was John Howard in 2007, with Julia Gillard refusing the meeting when he visited the Parliament House in 2011.