Eric Zhang

Eric Zhang

Senate Candidate for the State of New South Wales

Last year, I decided to become a human rights lawyer to protest against the racial discrimination that I had felt for the majority of my life and to protect those who were forgotten by the majority. This year, I decided to enter politics because I was sick of fighting the good fight. Through my casework, I quickly became exhausted and nauseous from witnessing the extreme horrors that are perpetuated by our mandatory detention policy. I realised that justice and true systemic change meant changing the laws which continue to divide our country.

My vision is to foster an Australia that everyone can be proud of. I want to live in a country which acknowledges that the riches of our nation are fundamentally predicated upon the dispossession and genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. I want to live in a country where a pandemic does not change the way that my family or the Chinese community is viewed by the rest of the nation. I want to live in a country where individuals are afforded respect not on the basis that they are productive, beautiful or intelligent, but because they are human beings who deserve to be afforded love, dignity and respect.

I am deeply passionate about humanising our nation and I want to encourage everyone, especially young people, to be brave and chase their dreams.