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Australia Public memorial for Australia's first Asian migrant elected to parliament

15:45  08 december  2019
15:45  08 december  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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A public memorial will be held for former senator Tsebin Tchen, the first Asian -born migrant elected to Australian parliament , who died last month. Mr Tchen died on November 25 in a three-vehicle crash on the Dukes Highway near Tintinara, in South Australia ’ s southeast.

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a man wearing a suit and tie sitting on a bench: Tsebin Tchen at Canberra Grammar School, where he spent two years of his schooling life.© The Age Tsebin Tchen at Canberra Grammar School, where he spent two years of his schooling life.

A public memorial will be held for former senator Tsebin Tchen, the first Asian-born migrant elected to Australian parliament, who died last month.

Mr Tchen died on November 25 in a three-vehicle crash on the Dukes Highway near Tintinara, in South Australia’s southeast.

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In announcing the 78-year-old's death to the public, the Chinese Community Council of Australia's Victorian chapter called him a "highly respected Chinese leader".

The Elwood-based multicultural leader was born in Chungking, and was 17 when he arrived in Australia in the late 1950s on a study visa. Mr Tchen later received his masters degree in town planning from the University of Sydney.

He joined the Liberal Party in 1972, a year after he received Australian citizenship, when he volunteered on then-prime minister Billy McMahon's campaign for the Sydney seat of Lowe.

Acting as a senator from 1999 to 2005, he was later appointed by the Andrews government to the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2015.

In a speech to parliament in 1999, Mr Tchen proudly described Australia as "the world's most successful multicultural society".

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Former Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy said his death was “very sad news”.

“Tsebin Tchen was a decent, humble but determined man,” he said on social media.

“As our first Chinese-born federal MP he was a trailblazer. Tsebin was a thoroughly decent guy, he will be sadly missed.”

St Albans Labor MP Natalie Suleyman called the former senator “a gentleman” and champion of multiculturalism.

“I would regularly see him at multicultural events. He was respected by all,” she said in a social media post.

“My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.”

A spokesperson at Bendigo's well-known Golden Dragon Museum said Mr Tchen was "a good friend and supporter of many of us who have been involved in preserving, researching, and interpreting Australia's Chinese heritage".

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