Scott Morrison, in his annual Christmas message, mourned the deaths of more than 900 Australians and the thousands more who lost families and livelihoods in 2020.
But the prime minister stated that Australia “could count our blessings as a country,” looking back on a difficult year of “stress and uncertainty.”
Morrison said there was an “ overwhelming feeling of gratitude and gratitude ” in a video for the nation on Christmas Eve in December.
He admitted that 2020 had not been easy because of the coronavirus pandemic – which caused travel bans, lockdowns, a million job cuts and $ 330 billion in debt.
Some of us have faced the loss of loved ones. Others, job losses and livelihoods. Separation from family. Isolation during lockdowns and lost meetings with those we love, ”he said.
‘This year was a time of stress and uncertainty for all of us.
The Prime Minister is pictured with his wife Jenny and their daughters Lily (left) and Abbey (right)
“But all this has brought us together again.”
Morrison said the ‘Australian spirit’ shone bright during the health crisis and was an asset to all 25 million Australians.
“While we needed to be socially distant, we were emotionally connected and turned towards each other,” he said.
The prime minister praised firefighters and volunteers who worked tirelessly last summer as devastating wildfires swept the country.
He also lauded medical professionals and researchers protecting Australians in the fight against Covid-19.
Mr. Morrison thanked ‘everyone who played his part’.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) shared his Christmas message to Australia on Christmas Eve
He extended this to Sydney’s northern beaches, where locals will be celebrating Christmas without families due to a mysterious coronavirus outbreak.
“So wherever you are in Australia, I think this Christmas is one where we as Australians can count our blessings as a country again,” Morrison said.
“We give thanks for Christmas this year because our blessings outweigh our struggles.”
Morrison said Christmas messages traditionally included a ‘shout out’ for a special group and decided it was appropriate to honor aged care Australians and their caregivers.
‘They’ve been through a lot this year with limited visits and the loss of hugs and kisses and visits from the company of family. It has been terribly difficult, ”he said.
The prime minister said there was an ‘overwhelming’ feeling of ‘gratitude’ and ‘gratitude’ in a video to the nation on Christmas Eve in December. Pictured: A woman in a Santa hat poses for a selfie on Bondi Beach
The prime minister, who is a Christian, said he would pray for Australia.
He concluded, ‘So stay safe. Stay CovidSafe.
May God bless you and your family this Christmas. Merry Christmas, Australia. ‘
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese echoed the Prime Minister’s remarks, saying that Christmas in 2020 is not only a joy, but also a relief.
‘It has been a difficult year. But Australians have taken up the challenge, ” he said in his Christmas message.
‘Especially our essential employees; the nurses, cleaners, supermarket employees and teachers who had to find new ways to teach.
Australians stood together. We helped each other. And we get through this together. ‘
In a separate post, Mr. Morrison paid tribute to the Australian Defense Forces troops who assisted in the coronavirus pandemic.
In a separate report, Mr. Morrison paid tribute to the Australian Defense Forces troops.
He thanked them for their efforts to keep Australians safe during the 2019/2020 wildfire season.
“Our army, navy, and air force had all been deployed, flying through orange skies to reach fire-stricken communities and areas,” he said.
He said there are about 1,500 ADF personnel working across the country to assist Operation Covid-19 and that more than 6,500 military and women provided assistance during the pandemic.
This Christmas nearly 1,500 Australian soldiers and women have been deployed abroad.
“Your service, your choices, your life, your service embodies not only who we are but also who we can be: strong, courageous, unselfish, driven by our love for family, community and of course the country,” he said.
“This Christmas, I want to honor your service, your choices, your persistent and unselfish patriotism.”
He closed the message by hoping for a more prosperous and peaceful 2021.
Mr. Morrison said there are approximately 1,500 ADF personnel working across the country to assist Operation Covid-19 and that more than 6,500 military personnel and women provided essential support during the pandemic.