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