Chinese New Year celebrated for first time in Federal Parliament

  • February 9, 2016

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, has joined his parliamentary colleagues and community leaders to celebrate Chinese New Year in a first for the Australian Parliament.

“Lunar New Year is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community and the contribution of those with Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Cambodian heritage,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The North Sydney electorate is home to more than 18,770 people who have Chinese ancestry with 6545 North Sydney residents born in China.

“It is such an important family celebration and has also become a major part of our cultural calendar with Sydney now hosting the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China.

“It is therefore appropriate that the Lunar New Year has been celebrated in the Federal Parliament with events including a Lion Dance, calligraphy and lantern ceremony.

“The Year of the Monkey is also my birth year so it is particularly enjoyable to be able to celebrate my first Lunar New Year in Parliament.”

“It gives me great pleasure to say Gong Xi Fa Cai and to wish all of my constituents a happy and prosperous 2016!