Mes­sage from the Premier

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Mike Baird

AUS­TRALIA Day is about com­ing to­gether and recog­nis­ing our for­tune as a na­tion.

It is a time to re­flect on what in­spires us and to em­brace the goals that unite us — our com­mit­ment to a tol­er­ant, free and demo­cratic na­tion that al­lows each of us to suc­ceed while re­spect­ing our in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences.

It is also a time to ac­knowl­edge our in­dige­nous peo­ple and the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of our eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties.

I also want to wel­come refugees who have re­cently sought to build a new life in Aus­tralia and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to find ways to open up their cel­e­bra­tions to new cit­i­zens so they may ex­pe­ri­ence our friend­ship and way of life.

While Syd­ney is the his­toric home of our na­tional day, there are thou­sands of other cel­e­bra­tions tak­ing place across our great state that unite com­mu­ni­ties in a spirit of friend­ship and har­mony.

Re­gard­less of how or where we choose to cel­e­brate let’s come to­gether this Aus­tralia Day and show the world how we cel­e­brate our na­tion’s favourite day.

I would like to wish ev­ery­one a happy Aus­tralia Day.

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