MP, Member for Reid and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs issued an apology to the Chinese community yesterday after conceding his comment at a recent function was offensive to the Chinese community, following his suggestion that the ‘Chinese do not like to pay tax’.
Ernest Wong, a State representative in the NSW Legislative Council and of Chinese origin, has welcomed Mr Laundy’s apology.
“To say the Chinese community were shocked and outraged by Mr Laundy’s comment is marginally understated” Mr Wong said.
“It is never a nice feeling for ethnic groups to be pigeonholed or stereotyped in this manner, particularly at an event that they are hosting, and by a government official who has carriage of care of Multicultural Affairs, of all things.
I do however welcome Mr Laundy’s apology for the offense his comment caused, and impress on government representatives and officials in particular, to carefully consider their comments by upholding and respecting the diverse nature of our community” he said.
“I would like to reiterate my previous comments in that I do not believe Mr Laundy was in any way representing the views of the Australian community. There is a greater feeling of tolerance and acceptance in the wider community, which is what makes this country such an incredible place to live “Mr Wong said.
“Mr Lundy’s comment could not have been a greater misrepresentation of the truth. In actual fact, it is in complete contrast to our views and values. The Chinese community want to pay tax. Paying tax and contributing to the economy gives us a sense of pride and contribution, and helps us to legitimately identify with what being an ‘Australian’ feels like, “he said.