It is my great pleasure to wish Pakistani-Australians all the very best for Pakistan Independence Day.

The Pakistani community in Australia is an extremely active one, with many Pakistani-Australians making a significant contribution to a variety of fields, including engineering, health, business and academia.

Pakistanis in Australia and back home have both achieved great things but the Pakistani love of sport is something that resonates extremely well with Australians.

The Pakistani community in Australia are a proud and passionate people. They have enriched the Australian cultural landscape with their customs and beliefs, and our society is strengthened by the contribution of all Pakistani-Australians.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Independence Day and pay my respects to the Pakistani-Australian community.