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The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia 

The India Australia Business and Community Awards are a wonderful opportunity to honour and celebrate the deep business and community linkages between Australia and India. 

To each of the award finalists, I offer my warmest congratulations. Your achievements are a source of inspiration, as well as of social and economic strength, to all Australians. They also contribute to closer links between Australia and India, one of our most important and valued strategic partners.   

I pay tribute to generations of Indian Australians who, through sheer determination and hard work, have come to thrive and prosper. Each embodies the very best of our country—the spirit of courage and purpose, of leadership and resilience, combined with an unshakable work ethic.  

Through their efforts, each has created opportunities for themselves and their families, as well as driving greater prosperity and fairness for our country. The privilege enjoyed by all of us to realise our aspirations is the promise of Australia. It’s the freedom to be rewarded and respected for our efforts, and to be accepted for who we are.  

This is why people from all over the world have come to call this great country home, and have made us one of the most peaceful and harmonious multicultural nations on earth. 
I thank everyone in attendance tonight for your commitment to these ideals, and for your contributions to making Australia the success it is today.