Chinese Australians are allying with other ethnic groups ahead of the country's federal election in a bid to strangle the political prospects of the right-wing One Nation party. Prominent Chinese Australian business people and politicians have held talks with Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Lebanese, Jewish and Italian communities in a deliberate attempt to prevent One Nation leader Pauline Hanson from being elected to Parliament when the country goes to the polls at the end of the year. Helen Sham-Ho, a member of the New South Wales state Parliament, is organising a fund-raising dinner in Sydney's Chinatown next month to send 'a symbolic gesture that people like Pauline Hanson are not welcome in Australia'. Up to 400 people are expected to attend the event, to be held on September 21. Mrs Sham-Ho is an independent MP who left the Liberal Party in 1998 because she believed party leader and Prime Minister John Howard had failed to address the threat of One Nation. She is discussing a joint campaign with representatives of the Jewish and Italian communities. The idea is to fight Ms Hanson and One Nation candidate Graeme Campbell by throwing financial and political support behind the two politicians whose seats they are vying for: Senator Ron Boswell and Hendy Cowan, both of the National Party. Hong Kong-born Mrs Sham-Ho migrated to Australia 40 years ago and became the country's first Chinese-born MP. 'We've only just started to publicise the dinner but we've had a tremendous response from other ethnic groups,' she said. 'They feel threatened because One Nation's platform is that they want Australia to be a mono-cultural, white country. We are a multicultural society and we will not tolerate racism. I see One Nation as a real threat. Pauline Hanson herself is nothing, but what she represents is dangerous. She has a lot of extreme right-wing followers.' Three weeks ago in Brisbane, ethnic Chinese barrister Harry Fong organised a fund-raising dinner for Senator Boswell, who will have to beat Ms Hanson to retain his seat in the Senate. Mr Fong said the Chinese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese Australians who attended the dinner wanted Senator Boswell re-elected to guard against the 'ratbag politics of the extreme right'. 'He is a very good Australian and he opposes racism,' Mr Fong said. Mr Cowan will contest a Senate seat in the constituency of Kalgoorlie, one of the biggest in the world, covering vast areas of Outback Western Australia. He is being supported by the vice-president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Western Australia, Wilson Wu, who plans to take two months off work to campaign for him. Mr Wu, who came to Australia from Malaysia 12 years ago, said: 'We have to make a stand. One Nation's views are very extreme and cause a lot of disharmony. 'Australia is in general a very tolerant society but One Nation gives us a bad name abroad, especially in Asia. If they get into federal Parliament they will make fools of themselves and give Australia a bad image.' Western Australia's Ethnic Communities Council, which represents 120 multicultural groups, is also backing Mr Cowan against One Nation. The council's president, Ramdas Sankaran, said he was supporting Mr Cowan because of his 'very strong stand on racism'. 'Despite all the claims to the contrary, One Nation's policies remain racist,' he said. Ms Hanson was elected as an MP to the federal Parliament in 1996 and won notoriety with her maiden speech, in which she said Australia was being swamped by Asian immigrants and criticised the levels of welfare paid to Aborigines. Since then the party has officially moderated its views, and its literature advocates 'the acceptance and integration of migrants into the mainstream of the Australian economy - as Australians proud of their own heritage and of our shared history and values.'