Most of us are lucky enough to spend this time of year celebrating with the people we love.
I’m looking forward to spending time with my wife Chloe and our 3 kids - and millions of Australians feel the same way about spending time with their loved ones.
But let’s also spare a thought for those Australians who will not be home for Christmas.
The men and women in our defence force, serving abroad and their families and loved ones who will especially feel their absence at a time like this.
To our emergency services personnel: fire-fighters, ambos, nurses and police officers – we also hope they have a safe and quiet break.
And all those Australians working unsociable hours, who will be giving up time with their family to work.
To those Australians I say thanks and be assured Labor will always stand up for your penalty rates.
I also want to send a special thank you to all the remarkable organisations helping Australians who are doing it tough at Christmas-time.
Their hard work and generosity helps bring a bit of Christmas cheer into the lives of people who would otherwise go without a good meal, or a safe place to stay.
And we count on these organisations to help women and children who live in fear of family violence, which is, tragically more common at Christmas.
If you can make a donation, or give up some of your time to join in this assistance- I encourage you to do so.
Christmas is a time to reflect on the things that matter most - families, our health and happiness.
Merry Christmas everyone – and all the very best for a safe and happy new year.
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THURSDAY, 24 DECEMBER 2015
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