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Christmas a time to live a life of loving kindness, says Prime Minister Julia Gillard
December 25, 2011
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says Christmas is a chance to live for one day the life we would most like to live - a life of loving kindness.
In her Christmas message, Ms Gillard says the most special thing about Christmas for her is the people she is with.
"Because it's a day we share with the people who are most important to us," she said.
"At Christmas, for at least one day, we can all live the life we'd most like to live, a life of loving kindness for those we care about most."
It's a time when people know they are not alone, Ms Gillard said, when they know they have people to protect and trust, and people who look to them to hope and persevere.
The prime minister said she knows she speaks for all Australians in expressing a Christmas wish to all those who have to work on Christmas Day to take care of us.
"Police and firefighters, ambulance officers and nurses, emergency personnel, all the essential services which keep our cities and towns running.
"And of course our troops abroad, everyone who gives up their Christmas Day to make our Christmas Day possible.
"Thank you for such a generous gift."