Politics

Taking A Look At Who Our Asian Australian State And Federal Parliamentary Representatives Are

"The Federal Election for Australia can be called anytime from today to next week, so hopefully we will see more in the Federal setting in both houses. "

A major problem within Australian politics is the issue of representation, not just on gender, but also on cultural, religious, sexuality and disabilities. Both cultural and religious representation is always overlooked and often ignored or forgotten – no matter how many times this issue is bought up. And to further narrow this down, and to fulfill the purpose of this post and site, the number of Asian Australian elected representatives and Senators is even less, almost dismal. As Australia inches towards its next Federal Election, it will be interesting to see how the numbers fair. Currently, federally, we have 4 Asian Australians in Parliament out of a total of 226 ( MPs + Senators) which amounts to around 1.76%.

Considering the population of Asian Australians in Australia, it is an extremely low percentage in terms of representation. The numbers on a state level are not so different, and it will be interesting to see how things go after mid May ( after Federal Elections). Anyways, for this post, we will list all the representatives who have been elected, who are Senators and who are Senator equivalent on a state level ( Members of Legislative Council, MLC). We will also note whether they have a portfolio ( Ministry or shadow) and anything else which is interesting to note.

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT (MP) AND SENATORS

Ian Goodenough MP ( LIBERAL PARTY) – Member for Moore (Western Australia)

  • Goodenough is currently the Chair on Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights;

Senator Penny Wong ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Senator for South Australia

  • Wong is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate;
  • Wong is currently the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs;
Image via The Guardian

Senator the Hon Lisa Singh (AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Senator for Tasmania

  • Singh is currently the Deputy Chair on Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law;

Senator Mehreen Faruqi ( AUSTRALIAN GREENS) – Senator for New South Wales

STATE MEMBERS OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY (MLA) AND MEMBERS OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (MLC)

NEW SOUTH WALES

Jenny Leong MP ( THE GREENS) – Member for Newtown

Image via The Guardian

Prue Car MP ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member for Londonderry

  • Car is currently the Shadow Minister for TAFE and Skills;
  • Car is currently the Shadow Minister for Western Sydney;
Image via the Western Weekender

Anoulack Chanthivong MP ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member for Macquarie Fields

Image via South West Voice

The Hon. Daniel Mookhey MLC ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Mookhey is currently the Shadow Cabinet Secretary;

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP ( LIBERAL PARTY) – Member for Parramatta

  • Lee is currently the Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education

The Hon. Wes Fang MLC (THE NATIONALS) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Fang is currently the Deputy Government Whip in the Legislative Council;
Image via The Land

Gurmesh Singh MP ( THE NATIONALS) – Member for Coffs Harbour ( just elected)

VICTORIA

Dr Tien Kieu MLC ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

Harriet Shing MLC (AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Shing is currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health

Kaushaliya Vaghela MLC ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

Image via Indialink

Meng Tak MP (AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member for Clarinda

Image via SBS

Dr Samantha Ratnam ( THE GREENS) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Ratnam is currently the leader of the Victorian Greens;

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Hon. Jing Lee MLC ( LIBERAL PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Lee is currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Trade and Investment and Small Business;

The Hon. Tung Ngo MLC ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

Image via ABC News

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Hon. Pierre Yang MLC ( AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY) – Member of Legislative Council

  • Yang is currently the Government Whip;

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Elizabeth Lee MLA ( LIBERALS) – Member for Kurrajong Electorate

  • Lee is currently the Assistant Speaker;
  • Lee is currently the Shadow Minister for Education;
  • Lee is currently the Shadow Minister for Disability;
  • Lee is currently the Shadow Minister for the Environment;

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Ngaree Ah Kit MLA ( TERRITORY LABOR) – Member for Karama

This rounds up the list nationwide at the moment.

Please not that both NSW MLCs – Daniel Mookhey and Wes Fang’s, terms have expired last month, however, chances are they will be re-appointed back into NSW Parliament. NSW MLC Ernest Wong is not in this list, as his term has expired and his position will not be renewed.

The Federal Election for Australia can be called anytime from today to next week, so hopefully we will see more in the Federal setting in both houses.

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