|Senator for Western Australia|
1 July 2014
20 January 1981 |
|Political party||Palmer United Party|
|Alma mater||Southeast University, University of Melbourne|
Zhenya Wang (Chinese: 王振亚; pinyin: Wáng Zhènyà; born 20 January 1981), also known as Dio Wang, is an Australian senator and civil engineer. He was the CEO of Australasian Resources from July 2010 until 20 June 2014, when he resigned in preparation for his role as Senator for Western Australia.
Early life and education
Migration to Australia
Wang migrated to Australia in 2003 and has been an Australian citizen since 2009. He studied at the University of Melbourne, where he earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Design (Urban Planning) and Master of Engineering Structures.
Wang was employed by Australasian Resources from 2006.
Clive Palmer, founder of the Palmer United Party (also referred to as 'PUP'), is a significant investor in Australasian Resources, with 70% Clive Palmer ownership and has provided cash injections to save Australasian Resources from insolvency. Wang resigned as managing director of Australasian Resources before he assumed his Senate seat.
Wang was the lead Senate candidate for the Palmer United Party in Western Australia as a Senator for Western Australia at the 2013 federal election. Wang was initially announced as successfully elected to the Senate, but after a subsequent recount he was unsuccessful. Wang's party disputed the result of the recount, citing the loss of over 1,300 ballot papers between the original count and the recount.
After the High Court ordered a fresh 2014 half-Senate election for WA, declaring open the six seats in question, Wang won the fifth vacancy with a 12.3 percent vote, an increase of 7.3 percent. Wang joined the Senate on 1 July 2014.
The Palmer United Party won three Senate seats at the 2013 general election and with Wang's election at the WA Senate special election. However Wang's two Senate colleagues deputy Senate leader Jacqui Lambie and Senate leader Glen Lazarus have since resigned from the party to sit as independents leaving Wang the only PUP Senator and one of two PUP members of the Federal Parliament, the other being party leader Clive Palmer in the House of Representatives.
Wang courted controversy in 2015 when, shortly after the 26th anniversary of the massacre, he defended the violent suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests by the government of the People's Republic of China. A few days later Wang spoke again to defend China over territorial claims in the South China Sea.
- "Resignation of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer" (PDF) (Press release). ASX. Australasian Resources. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "WA senate result postponed again". The West Australian. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Recount call as Palmer's party secures crucial seat
- Wang to leave mining company job: NEWS.com.au 11 April 2014
- Palmer propping up firm led by Wang
- Palmer United candidate Zhenya 'Dio' Wang elected to represent WA in the senate Greens Scott Ludlam loses seat
- Clive Palmer to launch challenge to Western Australia Senate recount
- "PUP's lone senator Dio Wang goes out on a limb", Australian Financial Review 6 June 2015.
- "PUP Senator Dio Wang under fire for Endorsing Tiananmen Square Massacre", The Australian 6 June 2015.
- "Australia senator defends 'most powerful country' China's claim to South China Sea", Daily Telegraph (London) 10 June 2015.
- Parliamentary biography
- Summary of parliamentary voting for Senator Dio Wang on TheyVoteForYou.org.au