Prime Minister Morrison and Opposition Leader Albanese wished Diwali to all faiths, including Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist.
- Australia celebrates Diwali on November 4th
- NSW government urged residents to follow COVID safety protocols
- Some states have yet to open their borders for travel
“My warmest greetings to people of so many faiths celebrating the Festival of Lights,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has said Diwali is a timely reminder of the power of unity.
“It brings together Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and even Buddhists. Among its many beautiful aspects, Diwali can certainly be seen as a celebration of what unites India and Australia: multiculturalism and respect for other religions. “Mr. Albanese said.
“I would like to recognize once again the Indian community of Australia and your role in transforming our nation into what it is today. Australia without you is simply unimaginable,” he added. .
Prime Minister Morrison said residents have gone through dark times over the past two years.
“This year, we celebrate Diwali as we move closer and closer to the light at the end of our COVID-19 tunnel.
“This means that all the things we had to give up – welcoming, gathering, celebrating and ceremonial – will be possible again. For some parts of Australia we can celebrate this year, and for the rest of the country the next year. . “
New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra have allowed Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel abroad without seeking an exemption or quarantine upon their return to the country.
These states have also permitted interstate travel.
The NSW government has urged residents to follow gathering rules during Diwali celebrations despite the new freedoms.
Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments: