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Australia is an “immigration story” – Scott Morrison

I was delighted to attend the annual Lebanese Chamber of Commerce luncheon on 21st August 2017 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, where the Hon Scott Morrison, MP and Federal Treasurer was the guest speaker.

Australia is an “immigration story” and a “small business story” said Mr. Morrison in his opening remarks to the 700 business leaders in attendance.  Australia is a melting pot with 30% of us born overseas. A land of opportunity and fairness for those that want to have a go, the Lebanese community has one of the highest rates of self-employment in Australia. Continue reading Australia is an “immigration story” – Scott Morrison

Chinese Valentines Day – for 2017 falls on 28th August

Every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is Chinese Valentine’s Day “七夕节(Qīxījié).” This year the date is Monday 28th August. As is the custom elsewhere in the world, this is a day devoted to romance.
What is Chinese Valentines Day?

The Double Seven Festival (aka Qixi Festival) is recognized as Chinese Valentine’s Day for its romantic legend about two stars: Altair and Vega. Altair is said to be Niu Lang (a poor but industrious cowherd), Vega is said to be Zhi Nü (the seventh daughter of the lord of heaven), and a romantic love story is told of the two.

Chinese traditions

In China, people have celebrated the festival differently in various regions. In China’s southwestern region, girls paint their fingernails, hoping for their Mr Rights. Women in Hunan and Zhejiang province wash their hair in order to gain the goddess’s protection. One famous activity is to eat 巧果(qiǎoguŏ).

Celebrating today

Chinese people have adopted the traditions of Westerners on celebrating Valentine’s Day, such as exchanging gifts like flowers, chocolates, ties and watches, making a special date to have a romantic dinner or watch a movie in the evening, or even to make a marriage registration if Valentine’s Day falls on a work day.

Lavender is associated with love and romance. In time for Chinese Valentines Day, Bridestowe Lavender gift packs have been released. Qixi – brought to you by the world-famous Bobbie the Bridestowe Bear – is loved by Chinese celebrities everywhere! 

Compliments of community member Kylie Leavitt – use discount code KL25 for 25% off.

情人节快乐 (Happy Valentine’s Day): qíng-rén-jié kuài-lè or /ching-rnn-jyeh kwhy-ler/

A further 38 SIV2’s granted in the last two months

Whilst off to a slow start, there have now been 193 temporary resident visa’s granted under the new investment regime introduced from 1 July 2015. This takes the total number of SIV visas granted to 1,824 since the commencement of the programme on 24 November 2012.

The 31 May 2017 statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection also show whilst the majority of the applicants continue to come from China and Hong Kong, there has been a slight increase in those from Malaysia, South Africa and Vietnam.

The NSW government recently completed their second annual trip to China which this year included Malaysia and Vietnam. However, with five delegations under their belt in Victoria, they still have around double the number of applicants, with just a handful applying to Queensland and Western Australia.

The mandatory venture capital component of $500,000 is speculated to rise to the $1M suggested when the new rules were announced.  Austrade is currently seeking feedback on this and some other technical issues within the program with any submissions due by the 31st of July, 2017.

Stacey Martin, Founder of Expat Advisors Community, is an Investor Migration Consultant for Australia and New Zealand. If you would like assistance and connections to a range of experts to make the journey as smooth as possible contact us here.

The benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia

Partners in prosperity: The benefits of Chinese investment in Australia

– a report by Deloitte Access Economics for the Australia China Business Council and sponsored by ANZ

Chinese foreign investment can play a very positive role in ensuring Australia’s ongoing economic security and prosperity. Australia rode on the sheep’s back for most of the 19th Century, and today Australia stands to benefit from Asia’s increasing demand for high-quality food products. Continue reading The benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia

What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and why is it important for Australia?

At the end of 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced one of China’s most ambitious foreign policy and economic initiatives, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road. It consists of:

  • The land-based “Belt” – the historic overland Silk Road trading routes that connected China, via Central Asia, to Europe and the Middle East
  • The oceangoing “Road” – the maritime equivalents to the south, linking China, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and potentially Australia after Chinese President Xi Jinping called in April last year for the alignment of One Belt, One Road with Australia’s northern development plan.

Continue reading What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and why is it important for Australia?