Speech by Consul General Dr. Xu Jie at New Year Reception by Queensland Premier
2018/03/13
The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, Minister for Trade,
Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen, Friends,
 
Good evening! 
 
On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Brisbane, I would like to thank the Premier for hosting such a wonderful Chinese New Year reception, especially at the  beginning of the year, the busiest time for the new government. This well shows the support from Queensland Government to multiculturalism and great importance attached to China-Queensland relations.
 
It is my first time to come to the Speaker's Green. In July 2005, the Chinese Consulate General in Brisbane, then known as Chinese Consulate in Brisbane, held the opening ceremony right here. The then-premier Peter Beattie attended the ceremony. More than ten years went by in the blink of an eye. Queensland has changed from a state of mining and energy to a strong state in economy, education,science and culture. At the same time, China-Queensland relations have obtained considerable development, and have become the vital force for China-Australia cooperation.  
 
In the past years, China has established, with Queensland government, sound cooperative relations, which maintains a healthy and stable momentum. Our cooperation has been constantly rewarded with new achievements in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, education, tourism,and people-to-people exchanges. Chinese investment in Queensland has exceeded $30 billion AU Dollars. Several new airline routes between China and Queensland have been launched, followed with more and more Chinese tourists. The number of Chinese students in Queensland has reached 27,600. This year we will work harder, together with all Queenslanders, to push forward our pragmatic cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and friendship, and so as to further promote development of China- Australia comprehensive strategic partnership.
 
Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Overseas Chinese in Queensland carry forward the fine tradition of being diligent, dedicated and innovative, and have made important contributions to the development of the local economy, society and multiculturalism. They are also important bridges and links for the exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia, and China and Queensland.  This 3rd March witnessed the 7th Brisbane Chinese festival parade, a beautiful view in the street of Brisbane, organized and participated by more than 40 Chinese associations in Queensland. Last night, the 7th Brisbane gala show, presented jointly by Chinese community in Queensland, showcased unique charm of traditional and modern Chinese culture, reflected the spirit of unity, harmony and always being positive. Here, I want to thank you all, Queensland government and Brisbane city council in particular, for your valuable and strong support and assistance to the events and activities of Chinese Community.
 
In Chinese lunar calendar, it is now the first lunar month, still a time to celebrate the Chinese new year. And so I wish you all and your family healthy, happy and all the best in the year of the dog. Thank you.