This site will continually be updated as candidates of Asian background in Australia are announced.
TO NOMINATE YOURSELF OR OTHERS WHO ARE AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED ON OUR SITE, PLEASE COMPLETE OUR #ASIANAUSPOL NOMINATION FORM ON THE SITE.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a project of the Asian Australian Alliance (AAA), and the purpose is to celebrate our fellow Asian/Asian Australians who are already in elected or appointed positions or who are in the process of running as a candidate in any level of Government in Australia. We want to showcase who they are, why and how did they come about getting to where they are or running, and what are their values and policies.
We are NOT aligned with any political party/thought but just want to create this database of all Asians/Asian Australians who are running for elections on a national, state and local levels.
According to the 2018 Leading for Change report from The Australian Human Rights Commission showed that only 4% of federal MPs had a non-European ancestry, compared to 19% of the population. For Asian/Asian Australians the representation among federal MPs is dismal.
Osmond Chiu – Research Fellow at Per Capita think tank wrote for The Interpreter (Lowy Institute) in March 2021:
An estimated 14.7% of Australian adults today are of Asian heritage, similar to the proportion of African-Americans in the US population. New Zealand and Canada have about the same percentage of the population with Asian ancestry, but in terms of political representation, Australia does far worse than other English-speaking Western democracies. More than 5% of New Zealand parliamentarians have Asian heritage, as do 12.8% of Canadian MPs and 3.8% of members of the US Congress.
SO IT IS EVER MORE SO IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE PUT THEIR HAND UP AND WHO ARE STANDING FOR UPCOMING ELECTIONS FROM ALL THE MAJOR AND MINOR PARTIES AND INDEPENDENTS.