This #HarmonyWeek, we are sharing a message from His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
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 had the opportunity to meet outstanding Australians each and every day.
We are 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 our differences and our common values that we are Australian.
Now I have some homework for you during Harmony Week. 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 didn’t put up their hand 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’.
Go to my website www.gg.gov.au to find out how you can nominate someone from your community.