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A Message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison
27 March 2022
I send my best wishes to all here in Australia and around the world celebrating
Greek Independence Day.
In 2021, sites and monuments across Australia were illuminated in glorious blue
and white to honour the Bicentenary of Greek Independence. I am delighted that
one year later, we continue to celebrate the past, present and future of Greece.
From the ancient past to the modern era, Greece has given the world riches of
art and architecture, philosophy and science, literature and sport. In these
uncertain days, we cherish democracy — the voice of a free people — as the
greatest of these gifts.
In 1821, the people of Greece stood in the face of autocracy and demanded
liberty. You built your hard-won independence on the foundations of democracy
and sovereignty. In the centuries since, you have defended these ideals with the
same defiant unity.
Today, in Europe, we are witness to an aggressive authoritarian regime’s acts of
coercion, bullying and violence against a liberal democratic state.
Nations that celebrate a democratic inheritance, so powerfully enacted by the
Greek people in their quest for independence, stand together to condemn these
outrages. Those who believe in a world that favours freedom will not be cowed
by threats or violence.
Here in Australia, we take courage from the power and spirit of democracy and
unite in support of freedom and sovereignty.
On Greek Independence Day, Australia honours the epic history of Greece and
gives thanks for the generations of Greek Australians who have given so much to
advance our great nation.
Happy Independence Day!
The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Adelaide, South Australia