I am delighted to provide this message of support to all those attending this year’s Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair (MEFF), and commend the organisation by the Australian MEFF Consortium.
For 28 years, the MEFF has been an important part of Sydney’s multicultural celebrations. An event that began in 1985, run by the Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare, has now become a national showcase of Islamic unity and diversity.
This event brings to mind the long and proud history of Islam in Australia dating back two centuries and today’s vibrant and growing Muslim communities, almost half a million strong, that contribute so greatly to our identity and success as a nation.
The increasing popularity of celebrations around Ramadan is further proof of the success of Australia’s multiculturalism and the benefits of cultural diversity. Our diversity is a source of social and economic strength, and adds vibrancy and dynamism to Australian life.
I hope that everyone enjoys the festivities.
The Honourable Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia