The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Speaker of the House of Representatives,
The Hon Katy Gallagher, Chief Minister of the ACT Government,
Mr. Jeremy Hanson, Leader of the Opposition of ACT,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am more than delighted to join you at the closing ceremony of the National Multicultural Festival and the Happy Chinese New Year Celebrations. I want to extend my best wishes to all of you for a happy and prosperous the year of the Horse.
Culture brings people closer to each other. It is also a bridge between nations by enhancing their mutual understanding and trust. In the past three days, we have enjoyed a cultural feast presented by artists from more than 30 countries from across the globe. The Chinese cultural performances have also won the hearts of many. Artists and children from different parts of China such as Beijing and Shaanxi as well as local Chinese communities have presented the best of the Chinese culture, passing on the Chinese people’s goodwill to the Australian people.
This evening, artists from the Acrobatic troupe of China’s Hunan Province will offer us a wonderful Acrobatic Show called “Lotus Wonderland”. I hope you enjoy it!
I want to take this opportunity to give special thanks to the Ministry of Culture for bringing to Australia so many wonderful performances of Chinese arts troupes as part of the Happy Chinese New Year celebrations.
My thanks also go to the Chinese communities in Australia. Thank you for contributing to the local development, and thank you for promoting friendship and mutual understanding between the two peoples.
Finally, I give my congratulations on the successful closing of the National Multicultural Festival!