INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016

Joint Media Release with Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Bill Shorten MP and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong.

Today we extend our best wishes to everyone celebrating India’s milestone 70th Independence Day.

When the tricolour is raised above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort today, it will symbolise nearly seven decades of prosperity in India.

India has grown into a global economic powerhouse and has successfully lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty.

Today, millions of people in Australia and around the world will join in celebrating all that India has achieved.

More than 450,000 people in Australia’s Indian community will celebrate and share their story and national identity.

The contribution of the Australian Indian community is significant and serves to strengthen the bond between our two nations.

Australia and India are inexorably linked by language, democratic heritage, and a commitment to peace in our region.

Like Australia, India is also one of the world's great multicultural nations.

We stand side-by-side in our shared endeavour for peace, prosperity, freedom and harmony.

We wish everyone celebrating the very best on this important day.