Message from the heart of Hurstville - stand firm

Welcoming message: centre, from left, Senator Jenny McAlliser, Kogarah MP Chris Minns and Barton MP Linda Burney with representatives of the Chinese Australian community at Hurstville last Saturday.
Welcoming message: centre, from left, Senator Jenny McAlliser, Kogarah MP Chris Minns and Barton MP Linda Burney with representatives of the Chinese Australian community at Hurstville last Saturday.

The news from the heart of Hurstville is that it is business as usual.

This was the message from Kogarah MP Chris Minns who visited the Hurstville CBD last Saturday with the Federal Member for Barton, Linda Burney and NSW Senator Jenny McAllister in a show of support for the local Chinese-Australian community in the wake of the coronavirus scare.

They spoke with leaders of the local Chinese-Australian community and listened to their concerns.

"Talking with some of the leaders here we've heard some pretty disturbing stories about people behaving in racist ways," Senator McAllister said.

"This is a disease that does not discriminate, and we ought not discriminate either.

"With the coronavirus it is actually a difficult time, and it's really important for us to be here and show some solidarity.

"There are a lot of Chinese Australians, for a range of reasons, feeling a little uncertain. It's incredibly important we pull together and give this community our support.

"This is a time to stand very firm, as a proud multicultural nation supporting Chinese-Australians at a time when we are all dealing with something quite challenging globally."

Mr Minns urged people to visit Hurstville and show their support for the local community.

"Many restaurants are full. A lot of people that live, work, reside and study in this part of Sydney are getting out of their houses and partaking in some of the best food you will ever have," Mr Minns said.

"Leave the house and have a wonderful meal in Hurstville."

Ms Burney acknowledged the Chinese community for their welcome to Hurstville and for speaking about the effects the coronavirus is having not only on business but also on children in schools.

"The most important message is to look at official channels, read official information," Ms Burney said.

"Do not believe some of the sensational stories that we are seeing on social media."

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