I extend my warmest wishes to the Federation of Indian Associations of WA Inc (FIAWA) and the broader Indian community, both in Western Australia and nationally, on the special occasion of Australia Day and Indian Republic Day.
The significance that 26 January is a day of national importance for both Australia and India is never lost on me.
Each year, it is a unique opportunity to celebrate the two as one, reflecting on our shared values and achievements.
I am very grateful for the invitation to join your joint celebration event this year and sorry that other commitments will prevent me attending in person.
The event’s theme of ‘Reflect, Respect, Celebrate’, words which describe exactly how we should approach and commemorate our national days and the proud traditions they represent, deserve a special mention.
With more than 77,000 people of Indian ancestry living in Western Australia, I pay tribute to the outstanding contribution the Indian Community makes to the life and commerce of our wonderful State.
I acknowledge the impressive and supportive work done by FIAWA over the last three years, providing assistance to so many in need.
Your generosity makes a remarkable difference.
Congratulations again to all members of FIAWA for organising this event, and those celebrating with you. I know it will be a great success.
Very best wishes,