Message by Peter Dutton on Christmas 2022
Well, it’s been a difficult year for Australians. While we saw off the worst of the pandemic, cost-of-living pressures continue to hurt families and small businesses across the nation. Millions of our fellow citizens had their personal data compromised in the hacks on Optus and Medibank. Many Australians have experienced the darkest of days with floods damaging or destroying their properties and tragically, of course, a number of families lost loved ones. Communities will continue to require our assistance and government assistance in the coming months and years ahead.
I want to say a very big thank you to the emergency service workers, to police, to first responders, to volunteers and to the men and women of Australian Defense Force not only helping so many Australians during the floods but also for all of those who will be on duty during Christmas at home and abroad.
This year, we received the terrible news – the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. She embodied the very best virtues and values.
During Christmas, I hope all Australians have time to rest and to celebrate with family and friends. In the Christian spirit, please reach out to those that you know who may be without loved ones so that they don’t have a lonely Christmas.
Whilst it’s been a difficult year, it’s the Australian way that we show gratitude for what we have. Christmas is a time for Australians to again express thanks for how lucky we are to live in the best country in the world.
A very happy and safe Christmas to you and yours.