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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland and Foreign Minister Bob Carr wish the Indian community on Independence Day

MESSAGE FROM PRIME MINISTER KEVIN RUDD
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It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to the Indian Australian community and to all involved in the celebration of Indian Independence Day.

Australia’s bilateral relationship with India is one of great depth, strength and significance. Our two countries share much in common, including a proud history of democracy and a consuming love of cricket.

Australia proudly boasts a strong Indian community and celebrations such as those underway for Indian Independence Day are an opportunity to recognise and admire the valuable cultural contribution that the Indian community has made to Australia.

It is with these thoughts in mind that I once again, on behalf of Australians everywhere, wish the Indian community a joyous celebration and Independence Day.

Michelle Rowland MP
Federal Member for Greenway

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It gives me great pleasure to send my best wishes to the Indian community on the auspicious occasion of Indian Independence Day.

On 15 August, we acknowledge the struggles of an independence movement and celebrate 66 years of Indian autonomy and the creation of the world’s largest democracy.

In Australia, the Indian community is a proud contributor to our society and their efforts in business, sport and the arts are distinct features of our great multiculturalism.

I am indeed privileged to represent a very diverse and multicultural electorate with a large population of Hindu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Tamil speakers.

I would personally like to thank them for their commitment to Australian multiculturalism and praise their contribution to our rich diversity.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr
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India has a rich cultural heritage and active community in Australia. Australia and India enjoy excellent diplomatic and business relations, including through growing bilateral trade and investment links and deep community connections with the 450,000-strong Indian community in Australia. These interests and partnerships on strategic and security issues mark Australia and India as natural partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Rudd Government values its strong political, business and cultural links with India. These ties are the foundation of our Strategic Partnership. The Australia-India relationship is in great shape under Labor.

India is Australia’s 10th largest trading partner with two-way merchandise trade exceeding $14 billion a year, and services trades of more than $2 billion.

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