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Australia Day 2021: ‘We are one and free’

January 26, 2021

Australia Day 2021: ‘We are one and free’

Australians let us all rejoice, for we are one and free.

From Manly to Palm Beach and out to Duffys Forest and Cottage Point, residents will come together to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day 2021.

Northern Beaches MP, Jason Falinski said today, perhaps more than any other Australia Day in living memory, is a day to acknowledge we are all part of the Australian story. 

Reflecting on the extraordinary events of the past 12 months, Australia Day is a time for residents to also give thanks to all those who have contributed so much over the past year.

“Our story, forged through fire, flood, drought and the coronavirus pandemic. On Australia Day, we reflect on the selfless and courageous sacrifice of thousands of first responders and frontline workers who put the safety and wellbeing of others before their own.

“We celebrate the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that defines us as Australians.” 

“Australia Day is a day to be proud of our nation and show how much we love Australia.”

Mr. Falinski said Australia Day is not just about the past year – it is about more than 65,000 years of shared history.

“We also reflect on our nation’s history, which began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture.

“We reflect on our modern history – the waves of immigration that have shaped us into one of the world’s great multicultural success stories and we celebrate those new Australians making their citizenship pledge on Australia Day.

“My own father and his family fled communist oppression searching for a better life of richer opportunities. They chose Australia and I am grateful for that, every day.”

“We all have different views and backgrounds, but Australia Day is a day to respect and share the stories, histories and contributions everyday Australians, like those from the Northern Beaches have made, and continue to make, to our nation.”

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