Immigration Minister Alex Hawke sends message of hope for the festive season

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Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Honourable Alex Hawke MP, has issued a special Christmas message this festive season.

Full Message in English:

Merry Christmas to all Australians and so many around the world as you gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ and the festive season.

Christmas represents both a time of happiness and thankfulness for the good in our lives, and of reflection and renewed hope as we move forward into a new year.

In the best Australian tradition, our diverse communities have faced the challenges of this year together, unified by our shared values including mutual respect, compassion, generosity, and acceptance – embodying the Christmas message of togetherness and love, which is more important than ever as we continue to reopen.

As we come out of this period of isolation, I look forward to seeing the joy that arises as families and communities reunite. This Christmas season will no doubt be a particularly cherished time for those who can celebrate with loved ones once again.

I would like to thank all Australians for your courage and resilience throughout this year, and I commend the work of community organisations who supported our recovery and our most vulnerable Australians. As many of us gather together and reflect on the significance of the occasion, I hope you can take the time to reconnect with family and friends and enjoy the festive season.

I wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year. 

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