Wayne Tseng in his own words
Well, I am really your average Melbournian. I migrated from Brisbane after completing my UQ degree. I did further studies in Melbourne while holding a lecturing position in RMIT University. I still believe Australians are the among the world’s most ethical and well-educated people. There is so much we can offer to the world.
My professional training is in IT & Communications – hence the Zorin platform. Like some other Melburnian geeks, I have consulted for firms such as ANZ, Telstra and EDS. I strongly advocate the use of technology not to control or monitor citizens, but to appreciate individual needs and address them with “precision” hence “Precision Governing”.
Like some Melburnian entrepreneurs, I had a start-up which was a world first in introducing multilingualism and multiculturalism in IT tech. Some of best practices we initiated remain standard to this day. The concept of multiculturalism, however, led me to liaise with many cultural communities in Australia including our Indigenous communities.
To this day, I still could not find the map of our First Nations in school texts or readily available literature. I did pledge that if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a First Nations map tapestry hanging in our town hall or parliament. Even as a migrant I too feel that we owe our First Nations citizens so much.
Like most Australians, I also dip into property investment. While we do have well-regulated real estate and construction industries, it is still a wild-wild-west when it comes to building standards and body corporate management practices. As a local government, the council can still contribute to improvement in these areas.
I founded the Chinese Chamber of Property Investors which aimed to support Chinese investors to better appreciate Australian values and reach win-win outcomes for their investments
I am always grateful to what Australia has offered me. I founded the nation-wide Chinese Precinct Chamber of Commerce as a platform to pursue different initiatives to strengthen the bond between Chinese people and the general community.
I introduced the Australia-Chinese Zodiac which pairs Chinese zodiac animals with our Australian wildlife. We also held a campaign to create awareness of the ANZAC Centenary. China is not just all about luxury cars and big homes. We also appreciate that supreme sacrifice others made so we could enjoy the life we have today.
We also held many Asian festivals across Australia. We were the first to introduce the Moon Festival to different parts of Melbourne. Melbourne has all sorts of festivals, Lunar New Year, Diwali, Italian and Greek festivals. However, what I hope to introduce is Melbourne’s first Indigenous Festival.
I have recently resigned from the Victorian Liberal Party. I was a candidate for the 2006 Vic State Election, 2007 Federal Election, 2010 Vic State Election and 2010 Federal Election. It is fair to say that I have substantial exposure to major party machinery and performance of our three levels of government. I strongly believe that much energy has been consumed in “politics” itself rather than seeking better options for the country and guiding it towards prosperity.
We have a great democracy. Countries with democracy are the ones that endure through the ages. However, there is always room for improvement. The pandemic has revealed that career politicians and advisors do not necessarily have the life experience needed to solve complex problems. We expect our doctors who treat us to be qualified, but how experienced are our politicians to direct them? Victoria’s Stage 4 debacle was solid proof of this. Even the committee with hand-picked experts is still limited in reflecting the needs of the broader community.
As a collective, we the people have more life experience combined to come up with better options.
We saw how digital platforms changed government and ushered in more transparency. The same technology can focus our collective wisdom towards collaborative governing. It’s where the people participate in defining, scrutinizing, testing and selecting policies. It’s where the people and the elected leaders can all participate in governing. It’s called “Participating Democracy”.
I don’t think there is a need to further elaborate. I am sure you the readers know exactly what I am advocating.
I am just your average Melbournian. If I arrived to this conclusion. I do believe every Melbournian also has. The Spanish Flu changed the world last century. The coronavirus is already changing the world we live in today. This is the beginning.
Are you ready to begin?
Vote for us. Vote for yourself.