"It is the Year of the Monkey. My Lunar New Year celebrations began with Summer on the Green in Waterloo, coordinated by the Redfern and Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Events Group. About 650 people attended this event and enjoyed performances by the Lok Wan Cantonese Opera and Dancing Group and Mr Wu's tai chi sword and fan dance, as well as receiving a fortune cookie from the Chinese god of prosperity, Mason.
I was also honoured to attend the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Chinese New Year banquet with my Greens colleague the member for Balmain. I thank the Chamber president, Simon Chan, and the executive for a wonderful night. Celebrations continue this week when I will join the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association banquet as a guest of the president, Peter Wong, and members of the Malaysian and Singaporean communities. I recognise the invaluable contribution made by each of these and many other organisations and communities throughout New South Wales that celebrate Lunar New Year. Kung Hei Fat Choy."