MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
It is with great pleasure that I send my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 2018 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival. I know how deeply treasured this event is to Melburnians—as a time of celebration and reunion and for looking forward to the year ahead.
As you gather to welcome in the New Year, I wish the Melbourne Chinese community, well for the coming months. To those born in the Year of the Dog, I offer my special good wishes, and hope you are blessed with exceptional loyalty, honesty and intelligence.
At this time of celebration, we affirm our shared commitment to a nation in which everyone is free to express and share their cultural values. Coming from close to 200 different countries, and representing all faiths, cultures and backgrounds, Australians are defined and enriched by our diversity.
As a people, we are bound together, not by a common race or religion, but by mutual respect, underpinned by a belief in democracy and equality under the law. This is our nation’s greatest strength.
With these thoughts in mind, I send my best wishes to everyone taking part in this year’s festivities, and hope you and your families enjoy a safe and prosperous New Year.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia
MESSAGE FROM LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION
On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, it gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to the Australian Chinese community on the auspicious occasion of Chinese New Year.
This year we celebrate the Year of the Dog. Ranking as the eleventh animal in Chinese zodiac, the Dog symbolises loyalty and honesty. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature; honesty, loyalty, friendliness and faithfulness.
New Year is a time of joining each other in putting aside the regrets and sadness of the old year just passed and we look forward with optimism and hope to a new year of greater health and happiness for the people we love.
Chinese New Year is also a time for all Australians to celebrate the gifts the Chinese community has given us and also a time for us all to rejoice in the rich success of the multicultural society we have built together.
I trust that each and every one of you will celebrate Chinese New Year with a family feast, along with many sweets, gifts and fireworks.
May the Year of the Dog bring good health to you all.
Happy Year of the Dog.
Leader of the Opposition
MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER
In every way, our Chinese communities have shaped modern Victoria.
The Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival is yet another example.
As Premier, I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Festival every year. In that time, I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength.
I know this year will be no exception.
To the organisers of this year’s Festival, including the Melbourne Dai Loong Association, thank you for helping to make our state stronger, more successful and more inclusive.
And to every Victorian attending the Festival, I hope that the Year of the Dog brings you and your loved ones the best of luck and the best of health.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP
MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE STATE OPPOSITION
I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to Melbourne Dai Loong Association and Victoria’s Chinese community as it comes together to mark the Year of the Dog.
The Chinese New Year Festival has become one of the most highly anticipated and popular events in Victoria’s multicultural calendar.
Not only is it a wonderful tribute to the rich Chinese culture and spirit of Victoria’s Chinese community, but it is an opportunity to acknowledge the great work of the Melbourne Dai Loong Association.
For many years you have provided Victorians with a fascinating glimpse into your wonderful culture and heritage, and by celebrating your cultural traditions, and sharing these with the entire community, you are making Victoria a more vibrant, exciting and cohesive place.
The enormous popularity of this Festival is thanks to the hard work and passion of your Association, and it is a credit to you all, that Victorians from diverse backgrounds continually embrace this vibrant celebration with such enthusiasm year after year.
It is impossible to imagine Victoria without the immense contribution of our Chinese community in every field of endeavour, and the positive contribution of important cultural values such as family, hard work, self-sacrifice and tradition.
On behalf of the Liberal Nationals Coalition, I offer my most sincere wishes to all for good fortune, good health, and happiness in the Year of the Dog.
The Hon Matthew Guy MP
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
State Member for Bulleen