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Harmony Week message

The Governor-General has encouraged all Australians to celebrate our nation’s diversity during Harmony Week.

During the week, the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley will attend a Citizenship Ceremony in Armidale (streamed via Facebook) and, as they do every week, spend time celebrating the richness of spirit that exists across all parts of our community – including visiting school groups, thanking veterans and their families and supporting organisations focused on helping people in the community.

“Australia is one of the most multicultural societies on earth, comprising people from every corner of the globe.

“We have different backgrounds, different experiences and different cultures.

“Yet we are one nation and we are all Australians.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Harmony Week is a celebration of our diversity.

“An opportunity to recognise that we are at our best when we are inclusive, respect each other and celebrate the fact that everyone can belong in our great country.

“Whether virtually or in person, Linda and I have the opportunity to meet outstanding Australians each and every day.

“We’re privileged to witness or learn about great acts of kindness and compassion.

“And we see and hear about incredible examples of community spirit and selfless service.

“The people doing these deeds are all different. They come from different backgrounds and have different experiences.

“We should celebrate that diversity – in Harmony Week and every week – and recognise that it is through both our differences and common values that we are Australian.”

In his Harmony Week message, the Governor-General also encouraged Australians to consider nominating someone from their community for recognition through the Order of Australia.

“The Order of Australia is our nation’s preeminent system through which to recognise achievement and service to the community.

“Anyone can nominate someone to be considered and all Australians, regardless of their background or field of endeavour, are eligible.

“Most recipients consider themselves to be ‘ordinary’. They don’t put their hand up for recognition.

“But they do deserve recognition and to be celebrated.

“We all know people like this.

“I need you to nominate them so that we, as a nation, can say well done and thank you.”