MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan and the eve of the Eid al-Fitr.
As you gather with family and friends to exchange gifts and break bread, I know there will be great happiness after this long period of fasting and self-sacrifice.
This time is also a reminder of the rich tapestry that is multicultural Australia, and of the shared values that bind us together.
The privilege and responsibility enjoyed by all of us – to accept and respect one another regardless of faith or cultural background – is the promise of Australia.
It is why all the peoples of the world have come here to call Australia home, and have made us one of the most peaceful and harmonious multicultural nations on earth.
This is a hard-won promise, entrusted to us by generations that went before and must be carried forth and passed to the generations that follow.
Eid al-Fitr, with its focus on harmony, mutual respect and understanding, is a fitting occasion to affirm this commitment, and to celebrate the values that make us who we are.
I wish all Muslim Australians a blessed and happy Eid al-Fitr, and all the peace and fulfilment it may bring. Eid Mubarak.
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