Australian Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese has expressed gratitude for the Sikh Community’s contribution to society.
In his message on Vaisakhi, Mr Albanese said, “I want to take the opportunity to thank the Sikh community in Australia for stepping up to help the victims of the recent devastating floods.”
“In times of crisis, the warmth and generosity of the Sikh community know no bounds–whether it is the bushfires, floods or the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sikh community is the first to step up and lead. It is a shining demonstration of the values and character of the community,” he added.
He also remembered Sikh soldiers who fought alongside ANZAC forces in Gallipoli.
He said, “As we approach ANZAC day, I also wish to pay my respects to the Sikhs who fought alongside the ANZACS at Gallipoli. The strength of the Sikh community in Australia is long and proud.”
“To all those celebrating Vaisakhi-best wishes for health, happiness and prosperity to you and your families for the year ahead.”
Labor MP for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, has also wished the community on the occasion of Vaisakhi.
“The beginning of the harvest season marks a time of abundance; not just an abundance of food and other possessions, but in the company of friends and family. As the auspicious festival of Vaisakhi approaches each year, observants pay tribute to the harvest season and the birth of the Khalsa Panth. Vaisakhi is also timely reminder to speak up against the injustice of all forms in honour of the legacy of Khalsa. The Hindu and Sikh diaspora in Australia embody this sense of justice — specifically social justice — all year round,” said Ms Rowland.
“Glenwood Gurdwara, here in Greenway, is responsible for feeding thousands of people every year, all year round. Just recently, Turbans 4 Australia helped lead the flood recovery in our electorate of Greenway and across the nation. The T4A team collaborated with the Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre to provide sanitary items, cleaning products and other essentials to those affected by the floods. This year I wish all those celebrating a prosperous and joyous Vaisakhi,” she added.