Press Release 7 October 2016
Convenor of Hong Kong 2020, Mrs Anson Chan, and leading barrister and founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Mr Martin Lee, are leaving this evening for Australia and New Zealand where they will spend 13 days meeting with senior government officials, think tanks and media representatives. They will undertake a series of speaking engagements and attend public forums to renew ties with the Hong Kong Chinese communities in Melbourne and Sydney.
Highlights of their visit include:
Australia – Canberra
11 Oct Meeting with the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT)
12 Oct Meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, The Hon. Julie Bishop MP and Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC
Australia – Sydney
14 Oct Address to the Lowy Institute independent policy think tank.
New Zealand – Wellington
17 Oct Address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
18 Oct Meeting with Dr Jian Yang, Chairman of the New Zealand Hong Kong
Parliamentary Friendship Group
Mrs Chan and Mr Lee will take the opportunity of these meetings and engagements to provide an update on the current situation in Hong Kong in the wake of the recent elections to the Legislative Council. They will highlight the concern felt, in particular by young people, at the ever increasing interference by China’s Central Government authorities in Hong Kong affairs, and the progressive erosion of rights and freedoms that should be guaranteed to Hong Kong people under ‘one country, two systems’. They will underline the many longstanding economic and cultural ties between Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand and why what happens in Hong Kong should continue to matter to the rest of the world.