It gives me great pleasure to send my best wishes to the Australian Sikh community on the occasion of Vaisakhi.

Vaisakhi commemorates the moment when a movement stood up for its beliefs and opposed an oppressive regime.

BILL SHORTENThe actions of Guru Gobind Singh united a people and stressed that the Sikh cause was one of peace and not hatred.

The teachings of Guru Gobind Singh emphasises service to others, equality, courage and sacrifice. As the Australian Sikh community unites in celebration of these teachings, may we all be inspired in our pursuit of happiness, peace and equality for all people.

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I would like to thank the Australian Sikh community for their contribution to the values and ethos of our diverse and vibrant nation.

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I wish you and your families a fantastic celebration.