Vietnamese Australian named next Governor of South Australia

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP has today congratulated Mr Hieu Van Le A.O. on being appointed the next Governor of South Australia.


“This is an important moment for all Vietnamese Australians. In less than 40 years the Vietnamese community has made an enormous contribution to Australia and now a Vietnamese Australian will occupy one of the highest offices in the land,” Mr Clare said.

Vietnamese born Mr Le was born in Quang Tri, South Vietnam in 1954.

Aged just 21, Hieu and his wife Lan fled the communist regime and arrived in Darwin on 21 November 1977 after a month at sea.

One week later they were settled in Adelaide. Hieu and Lan found work at a local factory and then, in 1978 Mr Le started his degree in Economics and Accounting at the University of Adelaide, studying part-time while he worked as a Finance Officer for the Health Commission.

Mr Le worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) until his early retirement in March 2009.

Mr Le has been the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission since 2007.

“Mr Hieu Van Le AO is a great community leader and this is a great decision.

“I hope this is the first of many more appointments of Vietnamese Australians to high office in politics and elsewhere in our community,” Mr Clare said.

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