Media Release

Australia’s first Vietnamese Australian Female Member of Parliament sworn into Victorian Parliament

Australia’s first Vietnamese Australian Female Member of Parliament  sworn into Victorian Parliament

Yesterday new State Member for the Western Metropolitan Region MLC Huong Truong was sworn in at approximately 9.30am at the Victorian Parliament.

MP Huong Truong graduated from the inaugural Dual Identity Leadership Program (DILP) in 2014 and became actively engaged in the community, encouraging young people to embrace their identity and be an active voice for young people and for all. She was part of the second generation Vietnamese Australians who led a year long campaign to have the Yellow Flag (Co Vang) be recognised by the Yarra Council as the flag that represents the identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora last year.

Multiculturalism is Australia's Strength

The incident at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre was a deplorable event and all Victorians are concerned. Whilst reviews and actions are being undertaken, it is a responsible thing to try to understand the issues facing our young people, regardless of background; not to place blame singularly on some policies of the past.

"We are dealing with humans, and our young people are facing a different world today with unprecedented challenges that even the laws are not able to keep up," says Viv Nguyen, President of VCA Vic.