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My warmest greetings to everyone gathered in Melbourne’s Chinatown to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

The Lunar New Year is the highlight of the Chinese calendar and a special occasion for families to gather and celebrate their heritage.

I can think of no more fitting location to host such a special event than Melbourne’s Chinatown, distinguished for being the site of the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world. It is a compelling reminder of the entrepreneurial spirit that has for so long made Chinese Australians such a successful and valued part of our society.

While this festival is a moment of particular significance to those of Chinese background, it is equally a time for Australians of all cultural backgrounds to reflect on and celebrate the benefits of our diversity.

We are a nation built on the riches of many cultures, and every community group and every cultural tradition, is an indelible part of who we are.

The inauguration of the Year of the Rooster, a sign traditionally associated with confidence, motivation, and assertiveness, bodes well for future success.

I wish all Australians a wonderful Chinese New Year, and great fortune and happiness in the months ahead.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia


On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I wish the Australian Chinese community a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

This year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The Year of the Rooster is associated with a hard working mentality, courage, talent, humour and honesty – I hope you and your family and friends enjoy these qualities in abundance.

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.

Citizens serving our community, contributing to the common good and making the country we live in a better place.

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 Rooster bring good fortune and good health to you all.

Happy Year of the Rooster.

Yours sincerely

The Hon Bill Shorten
Leader of the Opposition


I am delighted to send my warmest greetings to the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and the Chinese community of Victoria as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

A highlight of Victoria’s multicultural calendar, Chinese New Year is synonymous with community celebration, optimism and goodwill, and is a wonderful example of how our flourishing diversity is enjoyed by all Victorians.

I commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association, and your team of volunteers, for organising the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival, and for the wonderful work you undertake on behalf of the Chinese community in Victoria.

On behalf of the Victorian Government, I wish the Dai Loong Association much success with this year’s festival and all of our diverse Chinese communities a peaceful and prosperous Year of the Rooster.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP


I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to Victoria’s Chinese community as it comes together to mark the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Festival is one of our State’s most anticipated multicultural events, embraced and enjoyed by all Victorians in the spirit of diversity.

This is a time to celebrate with family, reflect on the year, and look to the future with renewed energy. It is also an opportunity for us to come together, to participate in one of our great cultural traditions, and to celebrate our different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition actively encourages all communities to maintain strong links to their culture and heritage, and that is why we are proud to support festivals such as these, and to support our diverse multicultural communities who enrich our society.

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 traditions.

I take this opportunity to thank the Victoria’s Chinese community for your contribution to every facet of our vibrant multicultural society and commend your contribution to Victoria’s diverse and cohesive society, and to this state’s vibrant, multicultural calendar.

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 Rooster.

The Hon Matthew Guy MP
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
Member for Bulleen