Scott Morrison’s Christmas message urges hope and support through difficult times

Duncan MurrayNCA NewsWire
Hope and selflessness through difficult times were the prevailing themes in this years Prime Minister’s Christmas address.
Camera IconHope and selflessness through difficult times were the prevailing themes in this years Prime Minister’s Christmas address. Credit: Supplied

Tragedy, perseverance and gratitude are the defining themes in this year’s Prime Minister’s Christmas message.

Scott Morrison also thanked the many Australians working throughout the holidays to keep the rest of us safe and cared for.

“At the end of this year, of course, we can think of the many difficult times we’ve had and the losses that people have incurred. But Christmas, you know, is a time of hope and we are an optimistic people,” Mr Morrison said.

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Camera IconScott Morrison expressed his gratitude for Aussies supporting each other through hard times. NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled Credit: News Corp Australia

“Whatever comes our way, we back ourselves to overcome and to push through, as we have during the course of this pandemic, saving lives and livelihoods like few other countries in the world.

“I could want for no greater gift than the spirit of the Australian people that’s been on display, that have inspired and endured and cared and shown great courage.”

The recent jumping castle tragedy in Devonport was front of mind for Mr Morrison as it has been for many Australians. He extended his support to the families of the six young people that lost their lives.

“Our hearts break for them. And this Christmas we’ll shed a tear and raise up prayers for them,” he said.

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Camera IconFamilies grieving those lost in the Devonport jumping castle tragedy have the thoughts of the PM and many Australians. NCA NewsWire / Grant Viney Credit: NCA NewsWire

Those giving up their Christmas to volunteer or care for others were thanked for their service, including the many frontline health workers struggling with surges in Covid-19 cases and Federal Police and Defence Force personnel serving overseas.

“They are driving trucks, delivering critical supplies, they’re giving us our booster shots and doing our Covid tests. They’re working in emergency departments, they’re volunteering in homeless shelters,” Mr Morrison said.

“They’re standing ready to respond to the many natural disasters that sadly we so often face this time of year and fires and floods and terrible storms that we’ve only recently just experienced. They’re patrolling our beaches. They’re serving overseas in our national interest.”

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Camera IconAussies giving up their Christmas to volunteer or care for others were thanked for their selflessness and service. NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard Credit: News Corp Australia

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also wished Australians a happy festive season and “better times” in the year to come in his message to the country.

“After such a tough couple of years, we all deserve a happy Christmas. Thanks to everyone for taking care of each other,” Mr Albanese said.

“With our borders opening up again, we’re getting back together, off the Zoom and actually back in the room with family, friends and loved ones.”

Himself a Christian, Mr Morrison wished those with faith to reflect on God’s gift and for everyone to experience what makes Christmas a joyful time of year.

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Camera IconThe PM urged Australians to unwind and enjoy Christmas with loved ones. NCA NewsWire / Kelly Barnes Credit: News Corp Australia

“May all those who need a refreshing after what has been a difficult year, by just having a good, long laugh out loud around that Christmas table with friends and family, may you find it. May those who have been alone this year experience the warmth of companionship this Christmas,” he said.

“Merry Christmas Australia.”

Originally published as Scott Morrison’s Christmas message urges hope and support through difficult times

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