Video Message by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Christmas 2019
Jenny Morrison: Christmas has always been a really special time of year for our family, but we know this year, it’s going to be a really difficult Christmas for so many Australians.
Scott Morrison: From the floods up in North Queensland earlier this year, to the drought that continues to ravage the country for years now, and of course, the bushfires which have been raging since September.
Despite all of these great challenges, Australians have stood up; Australians have shown tremendous spirit and have responded. This spirit has been expressed in the kindness and the courage and the love extended from one Australian to another. Standing with their families and their communities. This great spirit is what makes Australia the amazing country it is.
And at this Christmas time, we give thanks, despite these terrible challenges, for the wonderful country that we have been blessed to live in.
As we look forward to next year and as we celebrate this Christmas, I want to thank all of those who serve our nation, serving as volunteers fighting those fires, as we speak, patrolling our beaches, those who are serving overseas in our Defence Force and are a long way from home – they’re serving our nation there.
To those who will be serving on Christmas day, whether it’s the homeless or the many charitable acts that they’ve been engaged in, we say thank you too because we know it’s just not on Christmas Day, but this is a passion of yours and something you do each and every day over the course of the year.
We think especially of the families of Andrew O’Dwyer and Geoff Keaton, who we lost in the fires recently here in New South Wales. And to Melissa, and to Jess, and all of your family, to Andrew and Geoff’s parents, we know this is going to be a tough Christmas for you this year – the first one without both of those amazing men. And to all those out there at the Horsley Park brigade, we send our great love and our best wishes to you. They’re a reminder of why this country is amazing, and they are a reminder of what we’ve got to give thanks for, despite these many challenges.
So, on behalf of our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas. To those for whom there will be an empty seat at the table this year, we’re thinking of you as well, because Christmas will be a difficult time. But let’s look forward to 2020, we’re an amazing country, we’re an amazing people, and 2020 is going to be another year which we demonstrate why this is the best country in the world in which to live.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Jenny Morrison: Merry Christmas.