As the year comes to a close, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all your readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
This time of year can be extremely busy and stressful for many people for a variety of reasons. In the midst of that it is important to pause and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Irrespective of your faith, background or circumstance, the message is a relevant one. It’s a message of peace and goodwill and of love, hope and joy.
For me, it is an important time for my family and our Christian faith, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
While many celebrate with gifts under the tree the most precious gift of all is the time spent with family and friends over the holiday period. That for me is the true magic of Christmas.
2023 has been an increasingly tough year for Australian’s hurting as a result of the cost of living crisis and as a result more and more families are reaching out for help. Facing drought, flood and fires in Barker over recent years I have been humbled by the willingness of strangers to lend a hand to those in need. In times of crisis the strength of community shines through. This Christmas I encourage readers, if you are in a position to do so, to donate your time or resources to those in need. Just taking the time to make a call or visit to someone you know needs a little extra care this Christmas could make a big difference.
Please also take extra care on the road over the busy Christmas/New Year period. Australia, and in particular South Australia has seen a devastating road toll in 2023. As a result of road trauma far too many Australian families will face their first Christmas without a loved one whose life was lost on our roads this year.
Finally, please spare a thought for our Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas, as well as our front line and emergency service personnel who will work this Christmas to ensure we remain safe.
Merry Christmas, have a safe and prosperous New Year.
Tony Pasin MP
Federal Member for Barker