New Year messages

January 1, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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New Year messages from Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.


Welcome to 2017.

Malcolm Turnbull

When I look back at the last year, and all of its surprises and challenges, we can be very proud of how much we have achieved.

In 2017, we will continue to work hard to ensure that all Australians are able to weather the economic challenges the world presents and seize the opportunities that technology and the rapid growth in our region offer.

Conflict around the world should make us all the more grateful and proud that we are such a harmonious society, with people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds living together in peace.

But we must never take it for granted. Our police and security services have foiled a number of terrorist plots designed to undermine our society and scare us into changing our way of life which is the envy of the world.

The way Australians responded to the most recent arrests says a lot about our great nation. We refused to be cowed or frightened and we went about our business – attending Christmas church services, including in one of the locations police believe was a terrorist target; lining up to attend the cricket; shopping in the sales; seeing the New Year in.

We will continue to root out Islamist terrorists and violent extremists and put them behind bars, just as our Defence Force will continue to combat and destroy them in Syria and Iraq.

Those who have sought to divide us have failed just as those who try to divide us in the future will fail. And that’s because we remain united in our determination to maintain our Australian values and our Australian way of life.

Freedom, diversity and security – these are great Australian strengths. And they are built upon a foundation of mutual respect.

So as we celebrate the end of 2016 and look ahead to 2017, rest assured that national and economic security will again be my priority.

There will be plenty of surprises and challenges in 2017, just as there have been in 2016. But our unique strengths as a nation ensure that we are well placed to meet the unexpected and make 2017 a winning year for all Australians.

I wish everybody a New Year filled with peace, happiness and love.


G’day. On behalf of my family, I want to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2017.

Bill Shorten

Wherever you are and however you are celebrating across Australia, I hope you get a chance to spend some time taking it easy with friends and family.

2016 was a difficult year for many Australians. As a nation, we witnessed unhappiness far too often.

From the scourge of drugs and violence against women, through to youth unemployment and older Australians unable to get re-employed.

So as we look ahead to the challenges of 2017, it is clear that too many people are feeling left out and left behind.

The Labor I lead will continue to stand up for the things that matter to ordinary Australians.

And there is no more important issue to me than jobs.

To those who simply want a good, secure job in 2017, my united Labor team and I will keep fighting for you.

We’ll keep standing up for Medicare and we’ll fight for a decent education for our children – whether they’re at school, university or TAFE.

And we’ll keep working hard to build a strong economy that delivers for all Australians.

I sincerely hope 2017 will be a year full of joy, good health and success for you and your family.

Happy New Year!


One Response to “New Year messages”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    The real terrorist threat (actual) are the nutter men who murder their wives/partners weekly in Australia.

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