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Melbourne: Philanthropy in Australian and Chinese Business Cultures

21 September 2017

At a joint event with ACBC’s Victoria state sponsor, BMY Group, members and guests were welcomed to Hall & Wilcox to explore the proposed changes to citizenship and visa regulations and its foreseeable impact on Chinese communities, business cultures and philanthropic attitudes.

Kristopher Kunasingam, Lawyer and Migration Consultant at Hall & Wilcox, detailed the current citizenship requirements in Australia and the changes to be implemented if the bill passes through Parliament. Kristopher highlighted the most prominent proposed adjustments, including the introduction of values and integration testing, and the tightening of English language requirements.

The second keynote address presented by Sandra Jacobs, CEO of the Bennelong Foundation, explored the philanthropic landscape in Australia and the current trends of giving. Research conducted by the Bennelong Foundation indicated that although motivation behind giving varies dependent on a number of cultural, financial and religious factors, a significant 80.8% of the population donate money to charity.

To further explore Sandra’s research, moderator Professor Charles Qin of Chin Communication kicked off the panel discussion with examples of large contributions by Chinese born Australians to areas including education, community initiatives and research.

Joined by keynote speakers and panelists, Edward Buckingham of Monash Business School and Eric Gao of BMY Group, the discussion looked further into how in the midst of regulatory uncertainty we can use citizenship to strengthen ties between Chinese and Australian communities through shared philanthropic ventures.

Active participation by members of the audience contributed to a lively and critical discussion with the conclusion that although there are some unknowns, giving is embedded in every culture and is an important part of contribution within our nation.

We thank our speakers for their valuable contribution and Mr Mark Inston of Hall & Wilcox for generosity in hosting this event.