The prime minister has posted an Easter message on Facebook praising emergency service volunteers.Malcolm Turnbull has urged all ns to reach out to the less fortunate and spend time with loved ones over the Easter long weekend.
The prime minister said in a video message posted on Facebook on Thursday the festival of Easter was about “life and renewal”.
“Jesus’ example of love, sacrifice and service to others is one that inspires us all and it’s a reminder that Easter is also a time to remember and reach out to those in need, the less fortunate, the homeless, the lonely and the sick,” Mr Turnbull said.
He paid tribute to police, fire and ambulance workers as well as nurses and doctors working over the long weekend.
With a number of states and territories still recovering from fires, cyclones and floods, he praised the efforts of emergency service workers.
He said natural disasters had “done their worst but brought out n character at its very best”.
“We should also remember those who are far from home this Easter, including the men and women of the n Defence Force.
“So over this Easter long weekend Lucy and I hope you have a safe, peaceful and inspiring holiday shared with the people you love.”
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also thanked emergency services and others who will be working over the weekend which, for many, “is a time for prayer and worship.”
“For all of us, this is a weekend for rest and reflection, for family and friends,” he said in a statement..
“Of course, there are always ns giving-up their break for the sake of others: from our emergency services personnel to the men and women who wear the uniform of this country, always putting duty before self. It’s right we take a moment to thank them for their contribution.”