Scott Morrison uses Christmas message to commend 'amazing' firefighters

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is encouraging Australians to look forward to 2020 and praised those who served their communities in a year of natural disasters.

The PM's Christmas message.

The PM's Christmas message. Source: Twitter

In a year when floods, drought and bushfires have ravaged the country, Australians are being urged to keep their chins up and stand with their families and communities.

Scott Morrison has spoken of "the nation we've been blessed to live in" during the Prime Minister's annual Christmas message released on Christmas eve.

"This spirit is what makes Australians the amazing country it is, and in this Christmas time we give thanks despite these terrible challenges for the wonderful country that we've been blessed to live in," he said.


"We're an amazing country, we're an amazing people and 2020 is another year in which we demonstrate why this is the best country in the world."

Showing his gratitude to all Australians serving the country during the Christmas period at home and overseas, Mr Morrison encouraged everyone to look forward to 2020.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media about the bushfires on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media about the bushfires on Tuesday. Source: AAP

The prime minister sent a heartfelt message to the families of Geoffrey Keaton, 32, and Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, the two firefighters who lost their lives battling the flames in New South Wales.

"To Andrew and Geoffrey's parents, we know this is going to be a tough Christmas for you, first one without both those two amazing men," the prime minister said.

Mr Morrison gave his thanks to all volunteers fighting the blazes, as well as the defence forces who are on duty overseas.

"They are a reminder of why this country is amazing and they are a reminder of what we've got to give thanks for," he said.

"Despite great challenges, Australians have stood up, showed tremendous spirit and have responded."

Labor Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also highlighted the resilience of Australians in the face of difficulties.

"In 2019, we think particularly of those people in the community who have been fighting bushfires. We think of those empty seats at tables where people have lost loved ones," he said.

"This is the greatest country on earth. And the thing that makes it the greatest country on earth is our people."

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Published 24 December 2019 at 5:58pm