In a special statement, Minister Alex Hawke extended his best wishes to all Australians for the festive season this year.
“It is a great privilege to be appointed Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, particularly as the child of a migrant family that arrived in Australia seeking the safety, freedom and opportunities this country affords,” he said.
Honing on Australia’s great migration story that will always be an essential part of our nation’s ongoing prosperity and success, the Minister stressed all the challenging events that took place in 2020, sharing a message of hope and perseverance.
“This year has been no ordinary one. Drought, bushfires, floods and a global pandemic have combined to disrupt our normal way of life and to test our resilience,” he said.
“COVID-19 separated many of us from our loved ones – sometimes for months – and sadly, in some cases forever. While there were many heartbreaking stories of sacrifice, care and compassion, there were also many stories of Australians coming together to help one another.”
The Minister highlighted the fact that Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world and urged everyone to cherish the values that built the country into the haven that it is today.
“Our social cohesion has never been more important than it is at this challenging time. Our strength and resilience in the face of adversity comes from our unity as Australians, regardless of faith or cultural background,” he added.
“Our unity is based on our commitment to a set of core values that underpin our society, including freedom of religion, mutual respect and equality of opportunity. As we remember the significance of this holy occasion and enjoy the festive season, I wish you a safe and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year.”