I send my warm greetings to everyone celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. This is a special time of the year for people of multiple faiths.

Equally, it is a chance for the broader community to acknowledge the meaning and significance of this occasion and to share in its universal message that even in the midst of darkness, light will ultimately prevail.

With its focus on the ideals of hope and wisdom, Diwali is a fitting moment to reflect on the blessings that we all share in this land, a place where people of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths live together in remarkable harmony.

Our commitment to understanding, respect and inclusion binds us to one another, and makes our multicultural, multi-faith society one of the most peaceful in the world.

I pay tribute to the Australian Indian community for your contribution to this success; I also acknowledge your influence on the constructive and friendly ties our nation shares with India.

May everyone celebrating Diwali this year be refreshed by its sense of hope and renewal, and by the fellowship of your family and community.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia

27 October 2019

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