It gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to everyone observing Nepalese New Year. New Year is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward with optimism and hope to a new year of health and happiness.

Here in Australia, we join with the Nepalese community to embrace the exciting rituals around the New Year festival and delight in the sights, tastes and sounds of this important day.

We are fortunate that so many Nepalese families have built their lives here and chosen to join their stories to the Australian story.

Australia has thrived because of migration. We can see this in our schools, workplaces, businesses and in our culture.

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I give thanks to the Australian-Nepalese community for the extraordinary contribution they have made to our successful multicultural nation.

I trust everyone will have a joyous New Year celebration.

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