Jenny Leong MP attended the launch of the 'COVID-19 Racism Incident Report' which captured racist incidents against Asians in Australia that arised due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. She gave a statement in Parliament to recognise the report and those who contributed.
"I recently attended the launch of the 'COVID-19 Racism Incident Report' capturing racist incidents against Asians in Australia arising due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. The report was a collaboration between the Asian Australian Alliance, Being Asian Australia and the impressive Osmond Chiu, Research Fellow at the Per Capita Thinktank - with valuable contributions from Democracy in Colour and Diversity Arts Australia. Special mention to Erin Wen Ai Chew, National Convener for the Asian Australian Alliance who has such strength and integrity when it comes to speaking out against racism and inequality in our communities and worldwide. Erin, I know that the work you do isn't easy, and I thank you personally for doing it, it means so much to me and so many others. Thanks also to Thomson Ch'ng, NSW Convener, who hosted the launch and Molina Swarup Asthana, Victorian Convener, who participated in the panel. Thank you to those who responded to the survey: "We give thanks to your courage and effort in coming forward with your stories in order to shed much needed light on the issue of racism against Asians and Asian-Australians amidst this pandemic. "