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SPEECH Chinese New Year Speech to Western Australia China Business Council 4 February 2009 Almost 500 people heard Clive Palmer’s keynote speech that encompassed social, political, business and personal themes. Among the captivated audience were executives from BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Sinosteel Midwest, CITIC Pacific Mining, KPMG, ANZ, HSBC, Australasian Resources and many others. During the evening there was also special video footage of Clive Palmer’s visit to China in 1962 when he was just nine-years-old. MC was Duncan Calder, President of the Western Australia ACBC. Dar Jar How Shin neeyan kwai le- Gong Shee Fa-Tchai - Happy New Year! The Honourable Norman Moore, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, and leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. Mr Li Shugang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth, and Mrs Li Shugang. The Honourable Richard Court AC, Former Premier of Western Australia. Dr Kenneth Chern, Consul General of the US in Western Australia. The Hon Wendy Duncan MLC, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development. The Hon Ian Blayney MLA, Member for Geraldton. Mr Frank Tudor, National President, Australia China Business Council. Mr Duncan Calder, President, Australia China Business Council (WA Branch). Mr Jack Cui, President of the China Chamber of Commerce in Australia in Perth. Mr Richard Tan, President of the Western Australian Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Cr Sandra Liu, Vice President of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association in WA. Distinguished guests; ladies and gentleman; comrads. Thank you Duncan for that kind introduction. I just want to say what an honour it is for me to be invited to be here tonight to address you all. The Year of the Ox for me, a Horse, is a good year. It will be a year of hard work and opportunity. Many of us may spend time in worrying about the world financial crisis when our time could be better spent in a productive activity pursing worthwhile goals in a calm, relaxed and purposeful manner. The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Chinese history in contemporary Australia starts with the first fleet, but in reality pre-dates the first fleet. Australia and China lay side by side for 300 million years. They drifted apart for millions more, and now, so geologists believe, they are moving back towards one another at the rate of a few centimetres a year such that 192 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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