From our patron

Foreword from Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM

John Aleaxander MPA message from John Alexander MP for the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong.

I congratulate the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong for the good work it performs and the strong message of inter-community friendship promoted to all parts of the Electorate of Bennelong.

A vital ingredient for a robust multicultural society is the partnerships that are formed across all ethnic and community groups.

The north-western suburbs of Sydney are a perfect example of proud people from across the Asia region establishing their homes and businesses to live and work together in harmony and for the benefit of the entire community.

The Australian Asian Association of Bennelong is an important partner in this process.

I have been fortunate to represent Australia in many different parts of Asia; including playing the first professional tennis match in China and touring India on multiple occasions.

These experiences gave me a great respect for the wonderful cultures that exist on our nation’s doorstep – many of which contribute in so many meaningful ways to modern Australian society.

As different groups give their energy and unique flavour to the broader community it is imperative to maintain strong relationships and communication to promote a functional and cohesive society.

I hope to work closely with the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong to maintain a focus on this goal, and offer my on-going support to all AAAB members and friends.

John Alexander OAM MP

November 2010

Foreword from Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew MP, federal member for Bennelong.
A message from Maxine McKew, former Federal Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Bennelong 2007 – 2010, for the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong (AAAB).



I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong and of all organisations that seek to promote friendship and partnerships across different community groups.

With the national spotlight on the seat of Bennelong during the election campaign of 2007, Australians across the country experienced a close-up look at the dynamic transformation and vibrancy that is a key feature of life in the north west of Sydney.

Part of the joy of representing this area in the Federal Parliament is the opportunity it gives me to engage with a wide cross section of business people, professionals and families who have made their home in suburbs such as Eastwood, Denistone, Epping and Carlingford. At the same time these same people still cherish the rich heritage of their countries of origin, be it China, Korea or India.

The great value of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong is its commitment to promoting harmony and friendship across the broader community.

I have enjoyed my meetings with the Association and look forward to lively interactions in the future.

There are many ways in which we can work together to promote social cohesion. All it requires is good will, creativity and loads of energy.

The Australian Asian Association of Bennelong has all these ingredients.


March 2009