To Muslims across Australia and around the world, Lucy and I send our warmest greetings to all those observing the Ramadan month of fasting.
For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year - a time for charity, for remembering the less fortunate in society, and a time for personal reflection and renewal.
At this time I also hope that you will enjoy Iftar, not only with family and friends, but also with neighbours who may be unfamiliar with Ramadan and Islamic traditions.
The practice of sharing meals establishes links across cultural communities and builds bonds of understanding.
We are a nation that respects each other’s right to freedom of speech, thought and religion. That right, supported by our principles of democracy and law, bind us together into what I believe to be the most successful multicultural society in the world.
I look forward this year to hosting Australian Muslims and representatives of various faiths at an Iftar dinner to honour the month of Ramadan
From my family to yours, Ramadan Mubarak