I send warm greetings to Muslims in Australia who are celebrating Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha is the celebration of prophethood of Abraham – a figure also central to the beliefs of Christians and Jews – through charitable acts and prayer for those who are less fortunate.

Australia is the most successful and harmonious multicultural society in the world and the Muslims community is an integral part of that. Those who would seek to sow division amongst us should stand condemned and remain as outcasts in our society.

We are nation that is united in its commitment to the shared political values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. We underpin that with mutual respect for people of every religion, of every race, of every background.

This Eid, we should reflect on our success and be proud of our achievement in today’s world which is too often riven with division and hate.

I wish you all Eid Mubarak!