Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanian sent their wishes to the 700,000 strong Australian-Indian community ahead of the 73rd Republic Day of India.
Mr Morrison said it was a wonderful coincidence that Australia shares its national day with India on January 26.
“There is an ease, a natural connection between our two cultures and a deep friendship. The Australians call it mateship. The Indians call it back (friendship),” Mr Morrison said.
“Our familiarity means we can easily work together – and together we strive to build a better world,” he said.
Mr Albanese said he was proud that Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley had declared India “the linchpin of Asia” and wholeheartedly supported its independence.
“On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I want to thank the Indian community in Australia and thank you for all you have done to shape our nation,” Mr Albanese said.
“I cannot underestimate the contribution your community makes to our country, and I hope that a government I lead will help you and your families achieve your aspirations. May your celebrations be a joyful sign that our best days are ahead of us,” he added.
Mr Morrison said the pandemic had tested communities that share Australian and Indian heritage.
“In 2022, we share hope for a recovery from COVID – with families reunited, students and travelers returning to our two coasts, and our peoples living in health, safety and prosperity,” a- he declared.
“I join them – and all Australians with a connection to India – in celebrating the enactment of the Constitution on this day,” he added.
Mr Albanese said values shared by Australians and Indians include “unshakable belief in the primacy of the ballot box”, universal health care, “commitment to dignity and human rights” and “passion for cricket”.
“Above all, we are friends,” he said.
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