Lunar New Year festivities at national Parliament

Lunar New Year festivities at national Parliament

Political bipartisanship was in full display on Tuesday, 9 February, at the Parliament of Australia with the first ever Lunar New Year celebration held at the national parliament, organised and co-hosted by the Australia China Parliamentary Group and Poliversity.

Celebrations included Lunar New Year greetings from parliamentary representatives including the Father of the House of Representatives Hon Philip Ruddock MP, federal Leader of the Opposition the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Deputy Chair Australia China Parliamentary Group Andrew Leigh, Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens and community leaders followed by the sharing of red colour paper greetings, lantern offerings, Chinese calligraphy and a traditional lion dance performance.

Also supporting the celebrations were representatives of the Asian-Australian community, Canberra Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance team, Republic of Korea Consulate in Melbourne, Council of International Students Australia and ACT Chinese-Australian community.

Poliversity is now looking forward to exploring opportunities with Asian-Australian community groups and representatives to expand the event for future years to come.

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