Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dung Tien Kieu - Victorian Legislative Council

59th State Legislative Council of Victoria, Australia

Victoria is a one of six states in Australia.  It is located in south-eastern Australia with state capital and largest city, Melbourne.  This is the second most populous state in Australia with a population of 6,430,000. 

According to Wikipedia - 
The Parliament of Victoria is the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of Victoria. It follows a Westminster-derived parliamentary system and consists of The Queen, represented by the Governor of Victoria; the Legislative Assembly(Lower House); and the Legislative Council (Upper House).[1] The Parliament meets at Parliament House in the state capital Melbourne.
The two Houses of Parliament have 128 Members in total, 88 in the lower house and 40 in the upper house.   All members of both houses are elected for fixed four year terms. General elections are held on the last Saturday in November every four years with the Parliament expiring on the Tuesday twenty-five days before the election.

A month ago, Dung Tien Kieu was elected to be a member of the Legislative Council (Upper House).  He is the first Vietnamese elected to  this seat in Victoria.  The state is the home of about 70,000 Vietnamese.  His district has about 35,000 Vietnamese out of a population of about 500,000.   There are a total of about 200,000 Vietnamese in Australia. 
A professor of physics at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, he came to Australia in 1979 as a refugee from Vietnam.  His academic career includes study and research at University of Edinburgh and Oxford University, as well as Fulbrigh scholar at Columbia, Princeton and MIT.  

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