About Wayne Tseng

 

About Wayne Tseng

What MATTERs is not so much about me. What MATTERS is what I can do for Box Hill District.

Firstly, I am a migrant to this country and truly embrace it as my home and not an “extension” of my home country. I speak Cantonese and rusty Mandarin. I am a Vietnamese refugee of Chinese descent.

I completed my primary, secondary and tertiary education in Queensland. In a way, I still talk like a Queenslander – straight up. I did further studies in Melbourne and began my career as a InfoTech lecturer at RMIT. I also worked as a management consultant under different firms including LBMS, EDS and Spectre for clients such as Telstra, NAB, ANZ, Essanda, Melbourne Water, HK MTR, Thai’s Farmer Bank.

For most of my professional life, I am specialised in areas of business to government, government to constituents and business to consumers. These experiences were further expanded when I found multiple multicultural communication firms such as Multicultural Events, Pure Translate, Multicultural Australia. As firms, we provide services to all levels of government and reach out to over 200 communities including First Nation communities. I truly believe Australia moving forward will include more diverse communities. To embrace a multicultural Australia, we need to be united by common Australian values, which will continue to evolve and address the needs of our highly diverse community.

My interest in politics started at a very young age. Even with limited English back then, I took part in school debates and university forums. I believe strong and robust democracy is fought by people. It takes the will of the people, the collaborative effort of the community and the will of government to uphold a strong democratic system. It is a two-way street. So, it is important that we defend our democratic rights in every possible way.

I see a need for change in a number of areas including political donations and citizen engagement in the business of government. I am pushing for greater citizen engagement of business of government. When an MP said that he/she will consult her electorate, do you ever get consulted? We have the constitution right to have our say and our needs addressed. The parliament representatives shouldn’t just follow their party lines .

Modern society is too complicated, and the needs of modern voters are too sophisticated for one Prime Minister, one cabinet or one party to have answers to all. When you garner the collective wisdom of all Australians , there is so much we can achieve and we can make things happen faster.  This is what I call greater citizen engagement in our democracy. Consider a small upgrade to our democracy; this is Democracy 2.0.

But in this election, I am using the platform to bring core issues that matters to Box Hill and Victoria

If elected (of course very remote), I will push law reform to address the following

– Reform Owner Corporation Laws to stop OC Managers entrenching  themselves in a building and charge ridiculous fees

– Plug gaps in tenancy laws to rein in rogue landlords and tenants

– Plug gaps in real estate agency to enable greater transparency – Underquoting

– Push for laws to rein in bad construction practices – water leaks

– push for setup of a Housing Development Board to issue dedicated low affordable housing. Like Singapore HBD designate house for first couples cheaper but can not speculate.

There is no point at one end expect housing to create wealth while crying for affordable housing. Prices need to go up to create wealth. So how can you then get affordable housing.