Australian Prime Minister – Holi message

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister    HOLI 2019

 For centuries, the ancient festival of Holi has celebrated the arrival of spring and the promise of renewal and rebirth.

Though it is not spring in Australia, today Holi’s significance is broader: bringing people of all cultural backgrounds, and all walks of life, together in a carnival of joy.

As Australians, we are fortunate to live in a land that is home to a diversity of traditions, where we are free to share in and learn from the observances of other cultures.

The festival of Holi allows us to celebrate the interwoven ties between the Australian and Indian people. About 700,000 people of Indian descent call Australia home – the fastest growing diaspora in our proudly multicultural nation.

Though so different, we understand each other. Australia and India are both proud democracies, with the shared belief that the way to create the fairest society is to ensure a more prosperous society.

Our shared commitment to peace and respect is an enduring source of our national well-being. As our second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin wrote, “The distance which separates us…is being steadily diminished between us, year by year.”

Holi is an occasion to affirm these values and to be grateful and proud of who we are.

With these thoughts in mind, and in a warm spirit of friendship, I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Holi this year.


The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

Sanjeev Bhakri, Prakash Mehta and Scot Morrison

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Australian Prime Minister – protection of our religious freedoms is synonymous with our identity

The Australian Prime Minister Hon Scott Morrison #ScoMo has a issued a press release vouching for the freedom of religion as essential to Australian identity in a diverse Australian society of today. Hindus applaud his statement and support a multicultural Australia, free of religious hatred and free of terrorism.



Prime Minister

Australian PM Scott Morrison saying Namaste to Hindus at Deepavali 2018


 Thursday 13 December 2018


There is no more fundamental liberty that any human being has than their fundamental right to decide what they believe and or not believe.

What you believe should always be a matter for you.

The protection of our religious freedoms is synonymous with our identity and it is particularly relevant because of our diverse Australian society.

Some of our largest and most established communities and some of our more recent arrivals to Australia have a higher proportion of members expressing identification with a religious belief.

94% of Indian born Australians identify as having a particular religious faith and those faiths are many including Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Muslim.

PM with some of the Hindu Council team members

If you support an open tolerant multicultural Australia then you will support and understand religious freedoms.

Religious faith is a way of life and an integral part of harmonious Australian culture that is critically important for our continued success.

Australians are substantially united that all beliefs and all Australians, including not having a belief, should always be respected by each and every citizen.


Media Contact: Rosa Stathis, 0417 669 223

Prime Minister’s Press Office

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Muslim leaders boycot discussions to stop terrorism

A proposed round table to discuss how Australia could better identify and stop extremism will be boycotted by Muslim leaders this week in response to comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said religious leaders were “making excuses”.

On 9 November 2018, at around 4:10 pm, a man set fire to a Holden Rodeo ute on Bourke Street between Swanston Street and Russell Street, in Melbourne’s Central Business District. The attacker emerged from the vehicle before it burst into flames. Police stated that there were propane gas cylinders in the vehicle, but they did not explode.[2]

Bourke STreet Mall East, Melbourne

The man then went on a stabbing spree with a large knife and wounded three pedestrians, one of whom was later pronounced dead at the scene. The attacker was then confronted by two Victoria Police patrol officers who arrived at the scene. A member of the public also attempted to ram a shopping trolley into the attacker.[3] After slashing at the police officers, the attacker was shot once in the chest by one of the officers. The attacker was then restrained and taken to receive medical treatment under guard, but later died in hospital.[4]

The attack is considered to be “terror-related” by police.[5] Police have confirmed that the attack was ISIS-inspired.[6] Islamic State has taken responsibility through its Amaq news website.[7][8][9]

Police identified the attacker as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who moved to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s with his parents and siblings, and attended Al-Taqwa Islamic College. He was married with a young son.[10]

Sisto Malaspina, aged 74, was killed when the perpetrator stabbed him above his collar bone. Eyewitnesses said it appeared Malaspina was walking over to the car after it burst into flames to offer assistance, when he was stabbed. A former nurse tried to revive him by performing CPR but the stabbing had punctured a major artery causing too much blood to be lost.[18]

Those injured were a 58-year-old retired businessman from Launceston, Tasmania,[20] who suffered knife injuries to the head and was taken to the Alfred Hospital for surgery[21] and a 24-year-old security guard from Hampton Park who received lacerations and was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.[22]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison received criticism for a statement he made on television suggesting that Muslim communities in Australia were partly responsible for failing to report extremism,[24] with the Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, responding that Morrison’s position constituted “serious discrimination” against Muslims and blaming security agencies for failing to prevent the attack.

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