Chris Bowen has high regard for local Indian community

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Chris Bowen enjoys festivals of Holi and Diwali, seen here Arunesh Seth and Indian children in Holi colours



By Manju Mittal

One politician who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Australian Labor Party is Chris Bowen. And you haven’t seen nothing yet.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 from Prospect (now abolished and renamed as McMahon), Chris Bowen was appointed in 2006 to the Labor front bench as Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy.

The following year, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appointed him Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs. Two years later, in June 2009, Bowen was promoted to cabinet as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law and Minister for Human Services. He was appointed acting leader of the Labor Party on 13 September 2013 following the resignation of Kevin Rudd in the wake of party’s defeat in 2013 federal election.

Chris Bowen regards multiculturalism as one of the pillars in the Australian society and has enjoyed being part of the Indian festivals Holi, Diwali and Vaisakhi, recently.

“I feel Indian community growing very strongly. Multiculturalism is all about respect and I show respect to the Indian community. I have done Diwali events in the past and I just wanted to make sure we all celebrate together. Holi festival was a huge success this year; especially my children had a wonderful time with colours. I look forward to hold Diwali at the end of this year,” he said.

“India now provides majority of migrants to Australia. I think Indian community integrating into Australian culture perfectly and possibilities are endless. The role it plays and strength it adds in NSW is increasingly significant. We feel a real affinity with India, in terms of the work ethic, the contribution to the economy, not only with cricket, but the history and culture. It’s who we are as NSW- the multiculturalism and Indians play a big part in that.

“Elections are opportunities for people to express themselves for Australia’s future. I will be honoured to represent the subcontinent people in the Parliament following the July 2 elections,” Chris Bowen said.

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