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Friday, January 26, 2007

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

On January 26 for Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Here are just a few of the attributes that make our country unique...

The life savers on the beach and the farmers in the bush; the larrikins; our sporting heroes, artists and visionaries; the volunteers who dedicate their lives to others; the spirit of pulling together in hard times and achieving beyond expectation; the eminent Australians from all walks of life, the battlers and the ordinary Australians who are anything but ordinary. Each year on Australia Day we elect special Australian people for their achievements that make them stand out in Australia.

Fragile yet enduring, harsh and extreme, lush and bountiful - a continent like no other. Our ancient land offers boundless opportunity, sustains us and makes us who we are.

A nation of difference and unity. People from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together. Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together. The rich and resilient spirituality; the knowledge, art and history.

A society built on fundamental rights and responsibilities. Freedom of thought and expression. Participation in government and respect for and equality under the law. An enduring spirit of mateship and fairness. A compassionate society committed to access to employment, housing, health and education. Ours is a land of opportunity where we can do anything!

Now I am off to have a Barbeque with my family, normal blogging resumes Monday!

Be encouraged.
GBYAY

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