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Australian of the Year Alumni celebrate Harmony Day
21 March was Harmony Day, a day that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison AO, and 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, visited the Logan community in Queensland to celebrate Logan’s multiculturalism and diversity.
“I am deeply proud to be here at (Woodridge State High School) and in the Logan community because it is very clear that you have embraced true multiculturalism,” Mr Morrison said. “We as a nation recognise the traditional custodians of the land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. But for everybody else, you and me, we’ve come to this country. We’ve come because we or our parents can see a life that can be lived, where potential can be reached and that’s what’s made Australia great.”
They were welcomed to Logan by Queensland state finalist for 2014 Australian of the Year, Gail Ker OAM. “Welcoming new people is a very humbling experience and there is no better community than Logan at welcoming and including newly arrived migrants and refugees,” she said.
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Elsewhere celebrating Harmony Day, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General and 2001 Australian of the Year, hosted around a thousand people for lunch on the lawns of Government House in Canberra. The guests - foreign dignitaries, Indigenous representatives, community leaders, Defence personnel and school students - were seated at a 327-metre-long table.