普通话是澳大利亚家庭中使用次数最多的语言， 但两国建交只有45年， 在这么短的时间内取得的进展令人震惊，我们现在享有一个伟大的友谊。
Occasions like this remind us that our multiculturalism is an important economic resource as well as a great asset to our nation.
There are now more than 1.2 million Chinese Australians.
Mandarin is the second most widely spoken language in Australian homes.
Yet it is only 45 years since our two nations established diplomatic relations.
The progress over such a relatively short time has been astounding.
We now enjoy a great friendship.
Sharing a meal together like this is an important part of all such friendships.
And an opportunity to consider how we can further develop the partnerships we have.
A wide range of professions are represented in the membership of your Network’s Executive and General Committees.
Your Network is contributing in many valuable ways to the commercial and community life of our city and our state.
As one acknowledgement of what our Chinese community does for all of us, I have committed that a Liberal Government will support a major redevelopment of Adelaide’s Chinatown with funding for a permanent cover on Moonta Street.
As global economic transformation continues, with more and more output coming from Asia, the work of organisations like yours is going to become even more important.
The contribution of the Chinese community to the development of our nation is already enormous.
I wasn’t even a teenager when China began its process of reform and opening to the world.
As the industrialisation and urbanisation of China continues on a scale not seen before, it has been the greatest thing that has happened for the good of our region and the world in my lifetime so far.
Of course, South Australia was witness to the Chinese work ethic and culture of aspiration long before this.
The connection between South Australia and China stretches back almost 200 years.
It’s generally believed that the first large group of Chinese arrivals on South Australian shores occurred in 1857.
They were men bound for the Victorian goldfields and prepared to walk more than 500 km to get there.
Even earlier than that however, records show a Chinese cabinet maker plying his trade in Port Adelaide in 1842.
In a sense, I followed in his footsteps.
Because I grew up in Port Adelaide.
And I became involved in furniture manufacture.
But after running a business employing more than 200 people, I wanted to do more for South Australia.
如果我们刚刚保留了2012/13年的份额，那么过去一年我们对中国的商品出口额将增加8亿美元 - 相当于在南澳增加8,000个就业机会。
As we know, this continues to be a great opportunity.
China is Australia’s biggest export market by far.
But South Australia is not making the most of it.
Over the past 12 months, the value of Australia’s merchandise exports to China exceeded $100 billion.
I understand it’s the first time in our nation’s history that we have had exports to any one destination exceeding more than $100 billion in value in a twelve-month period.
Over the past four years alone, Australia’s trade in goods to China has increased in value by more than 28%.
But in the same period, the value of South Australian goods exported to China has dropped by more than 4%.
Four years, ago, South Australia accounted for more than 3% of Australian merchandise exports to China.
Over the past 12 months that has dropped to 2.3% and this is significant in terms of lost earnings and jobs.
If we had just retained our 2012/13 share, our merchandise exports to China would have been worth an extra $800 million over the past year – equivalent to an additional 8,000 jobs in South Australia.
It’s the same story in the services sector.
International education has shown very strong growth.
Over the past four years, the number of Chinese students enrolling to study in Australia has increased by almost 92%.
But South Australia has achieved only about two-thirds of the national growth rate.
Currently, we have just over 14,000 students from China enrolled to study in South Australia.
If we had retained our share of four years ago, that number would be 2,150 higher.
That equates to an extra 500 full-time jobs and more than $63 million in value add to our economy.
In highlighting that much more must be done to secure benefits from China’s economic growth as well as from other export markets, we have developed detailed policies to ensure that South Australia does.
This includes a considerable boost to South Australia’s trade representation in China.
In addition to our current direct representation in Jinan, Shandong, today I announce that we will also establish South Australia’s own representative office in Shanghai, where we are the only mainland state without a stand-alone office.
It’s important that we seek to extend to other key areas of China, the benefits of South Australia’s focused relationship with Shandong Province developed over the past 30 years.
Beyond China, a Liberal Government will also establish South Australia’s own stand-alone trade representation in Japan, Malaysia, Dubai and the United States.
By 2022, we will have the most extensive overseas trade network in South Australia’s history.
In this way a Liberal Government will:
• Integrate South Australia much more effectively with the global economy
• Keep our key markets fully informed about our State
• Increase international connections for our exporters
• Facilitate inward investment
Having an established network of offices overseas provides a vital connection between international investors and business opportunities in South Australia.
It gives our state the flexibility to immediately act on export and investment opportunities.
Over almost 16 years of Labor Government, our direct overseas trade representation has been reduced from ten countries to just two.
Over the same period, New South Wales has increased its representation from two to six offices, Victoria from eight to 20 and Queensland from nine to 15.
Under a Liberal Government, our overseas trade representatives will have clearly defined targets to meet.
They’ll be much more than a shop front for South Australia.
Behind the counter, there’ll be the hard, strategic work needed to identify trade opportunities and connect South Australian companies with them.
We’ll provide exporters with the strongest possible support.
Success in trade is essential for economic growth and job creation.
Over recent years, the South Australian economy has been growing at only about half the national rate.
And our sluggish trade performance is a major reason.
Not only are we failing to make the most of the opportunities China offers.
The value of our exports of goods to all countries is currently growing at only about a third the national rate.
That’s lower than all the other mainland states.
Our plan will mark a distinct change in direction and emphasis from current policies.
Our responsibility as an alternative government is to provide something better.
We’re offering not only a vision for an export-led transformation of our economy.
But the ambition and a comprehensive plan to deliver it.
I look forward to continuing engagement with your Network to make our ties with China even stronger and more mutually beneficial.
We may be nations with different political and legal systems.
But we must continue to engage with and learn from each other in ways that support our economies and opportunities for our people.
Our nations have come a long way since that Chinese cabinet maker plied his trade in Port Adelaide 175 years ago.
I am sure there will be many more significant milestones to celebrate in the journey still ahead.