The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
As Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, I extend my best wishes to Muslim Australians observing Ramadan.
Ramadan is a special time for prayer, generosity and self-reflection for people of the Islamic faith. It is a time to consider and help those in need and to carry out charitable acts.
Muslims have been a part of Australia since the time of the outback cameleers in the 1800s, who played an important role in opening up the vast interior of Australia. With their assistance we built the Overland Telegraph Line and, later the Trans-Australian Railway, both critical in connecting Australia.
Today, Australia’s Muslim communities number around 600,000 and come from a large range of diverse cultural backgrounds, originating from more than 100 countries. More than a third of Muslim Australians were born in Australia. Many continue to help Australia to prosper, contributing in all facets of life.
At the same time, our unique model of multiculturalism is based on the successful integration of migrants into the Australian community premised on the acceptance of the core Australian values of parliamentary democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
It is important that we continue to understand each other as Australians in a culturally and religiously diverse society where people of all faith traditions have the right to express and maintain their religious and cultural heritage.
I send my best wishes to all Muslim Australians observing Ramadan.