Message on Indian Independence Day by Hon. Alan Tudge

Message on India’s Independence Day by Hon. Alan Tudge, Federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Indian Independence Day as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, I extend my best wishes to our diverse Indian community celebrating the anniversary of India’s Independence.

Indian Independence Day is celebrated each year on 15 August and commemorates India’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. India, today is the world’s largest democracy sharing our liberal democratic values and commitment to freedom.

As Australia’s fifth largest export market, and our tenth largest trading partner overall, Australia and India have a relationship based on strong political, economic and community ties. Over the past decade, investment has grown significantly as has the number of tourists visiting our respective countries. The number of India-born in Australia has rapidly increased in the last two decades. According to the 2016 census there are over 455,000 India-born living in Australia.

As India is one of our top source countries of migrants to Australia, the numbers of According to the 2016 census there are over 455,000 India-born living in Australia. As India is one of our top source countries of migrants to Australia, the numbers of India-born continues to grow.

Our Indian community comes from all parts of the sub-continent and add to Australia’s rich cultural diversity and success as a multicultural society. Australia’s Indian community continues to contribute to our country’s achievements in so many areas including business, industry, sport and academia. Indian Australians are particularly renowned for their hard work and enterprising spirit and commitment to family values.

I would like to send my best wishes to all celebrating Indian Independence Day, wishing you all peace and prosperity in the future.

Alan Tudge MP

 

 

 

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