SUNDAY, 25 DECEMBER 2016
BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: G’day
We’re coming to the end of a big year and Chloe and I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best for a safe and happy summer.
CHLOE SHORTEN: At a time when a lot of us are thinking about taking things easy, we think of those Australians who will be busy right through the break.
BILL: Our troops serving overseas and their loving families waiting back here – they also serve.
And we give thanks for our emergency services personnel – fighting fires, preventing crime, saving lives.
CHLOE: We all hope they have a quiet Christmas.
BILL: We think of all those Australians working this holiday season to make our Christmas run smoothly – modest heroes who get up before the sun rises or work through the night.
Hard-working people, relying on penalty rates to provide for their families - something I’ll always fight for.
And Christmas is also a time for us to spare a thought for the people who are doing it tough.
CHLOE: People without a safe place to stay or battling loneliness and women and children in refuges.
BILL: We’re so lucky that many Australians will roll-up their sleeves to provide hot meals, secure accommodation and a little bit of Christmas cheer in hard times.
CHLOE: So please be careful on the roads and safe around the water.
BILL: We hope all of you have a relaxing break, with the people that you love.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas.
CHLOE: Merry Christmas.