As we gather with family and friends this festive season, we reflect on the traditional meaning of Christmas and consider all the things for which we are grateful.
In Australia our blessings are plentiful—we have our freedoms, our egalitarian society and the boundless possibilities of the years ahead.
Our diversity is the backbone of this optimism, and our mutual respect is what makes us one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world.
Together as Australians, we have come to acknowledge that with hard work, resilience, and creativity, our future will be bright.
I send my best wishes to the readers of the Philippine Community Herald and everyone in Australia’s Filipino community for a relaxing and safe holiday and a 2016 filled with peace, happiness and love.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister of Australia
16 December 2015