Standing up for Canberra

Merry Christmas to Australia's Defence personnel

On behalf of Federal Labor, we wish all Australian Defence Force personnel, their families and friends a peaceful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

For most of us the festive season is a time spent with family and loved ones. At this time, we encourage all Australians to spare a thought for the more than 2,200 ADF personnel who are currently deployed overseas, spending this Christmas away from their families.

To the rest of the ADF and members of the Department of Defence – we hope you are able to spend some precious and well deserved time with your family and friends.

The ADF has some of the most highly skilled and highly capable personnel in the world – and we thank you for your service and sacrifice in protecting Australia and keeping our country safe.

To show your support for ADF personnel this Christmas send a message to or donate to a charity that supports Defence personnel and their families.