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Make Xmas easier for those who work: PM

AAP logoAAP 24/12/2016

Australians can make the Christmas season easier for those who still have to work by driving safely, preparing for natural disasters and looking out for each other.

That's the advice from Malcolm Turnbull in the prime minister's annual Christmas message.

Mr Turnbull urges Australians to reach out to those who find this season difficult: the lonely, the poor, the sick and those absent from their families.

"Of course, many Australians continue to work very hard over the break, including those who keep us safe," he says.

Hardworking emergency services personnel, doctors and nurses are still busy while others relax.

"We can make it easier for them and safer for us by driving carefully, preparing for the bushfire and cyclone season, if we live in those areas, and by taking good care of each other," he says.

He also praises the work of Australian armed forces overseas, sharing his gratitude for their courage and tenacity to defend our values.

Mr Turnbull says it is love that brings us closest to the best we can be, whether we are of faith or not.

"In Australia, we have much to be grateful for, not least that so many people of so many different backgrounds, races and religions live together here in a harmony founded on mutual respect," he says.

Mr Turnbull wishes Australians a 2017 filled with peace, happiness and love.

"From Lucy and me, and our family, to you and yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a relaxing and safe holiday."

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