The peak body representing multicultural communities in NSW, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW (ECCNSW), has expressed their unyielding support to Asian-Australian communities who have been marginalised due to fear over Covid19 (corona) virus.
ECCNSW Chair Peter Doukas OAM expressed disappointment at Australia’s response to the medical emergency, calling it a “missed opportunity”.
“Australians must not see this virus as a ‘Chinese Affliction’ but rather as a global problem. We should shout down any tacit racism in this country associated with this crisis,” Mr Doukas said.
¨Our support and sympathy should be extended to all those people suffering with this virus. How honourable it would have been had Australia offered our unending support to all those people affected? Imagine how we would be remembered in Beijing if, as Australians, we declared solidarity with the Chinese people in their time of fear? Instead, Chinese-Australians continue to be insulted in the streets and suburbs where they live and work. This is shameful,” he said. “The ECCCNSW will always advocate for plurality and inclusion around Australia.”
The ECCNSW stands with those communities affected—those Australians of Chinese Heritage and international students in Australia affected by the travel ban—and equally important, stands in solidarity with the Chinese people while they do their part to manage this global crisis.