The Editor – Perth
I fully support that we should have more Asians elevated into leadership roles but we want Asian/other leaders to represent their voters rather than themselves or their bosses. Why Senator Wang has to thank his boss Clive Palmer as he is free to speak?
Senator Wang should speak the truth rather than lies when he said: “The mistake has been made and the damage has been done. I have received a lot of letters from the Chinese communities expressing their concern and anger and I feel for them and I have apologised to every single one of them, as I am still waiting for his reply to my emails.
His boss Clive Palmer cannot be representing his voters as he has been criticized for his frequent absence from Parliament, with reports in late August that he missed 17 of the 58 sitting days since he was elected and failed to attend all eight of the public hearings held by the economics committee, of which he is a member.
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First speech: Palmer United Party senator Dio Wang keen to break ‘bamboo ceiling’
- AAP – PERTHNOW – SEPTEMBER 23, 20146:16PM
CHINESE-born senator Dio Wang wants to shatter the “bamboo ceiling”, warning Australia’s true potential won’t be unlocked unless more Asians are elevated into leadership roles.
In his first speech to parliament, the Palmer United Party (PUP) senator lamented the lack of Asians in political and business life despite one in 10 Australians having ancestral ties to the region.
This “bamboo ceiling” was a major impediment to Australia capitalising on the Asian century and the future prosperity that promises.
“The bamboo ceiling is not only a cap on Asian Australian’s individual achievements, but also a cap on Australia’s future,” he told the chamber.
“Let’s build a country even more equal, so that every individual’s potential can be unlocked.”
He thanked his boss Clive Palmer for letting him “have a crack” at the ceiling, and singled out Asian-Australian politicians Penny Wong and Lisa Singh as inspiration.
Senator Wang was born in Nanjing before moving to Melbourne in his early 20s equipped with a civil engineering degree.
He confessed that before joining PUP in 2013 he had “zero” experience in politics, a point he revisited in his maiden speech.
“The less we know about politics, the better for the country,” he said, prompting laughs in the chamber.
In September last year he was elected the party’s only senator for West Australia, but a historic recount later saw him lose the spot.
He was later re-elected in the state’s controversial election re-run in April, despite his highly-publicised absence from the campaign trail.
Since then the neophyte politician has kept a low profile, a sometimes difficult task when you’re one of PUP’s three key senators on the crossbench.
He pledged to work hard for Australian farmers, businesses and his young daughter Joanna, who he predicted would one day would think his work “silly”.