PM Anthony Albanese delivers his Christmas message

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has wished all Australians a merry Christmas while paying tribute to those who are giving up their day to help others.

“For so many Australians, this is a chance to rest,” Albanese said in his Christmas message.

“To spend time with our family, catch up with friends, and to cherish the memories of those no longer with us.”

Christmas was also a holy time, he added.

Albanese expressed his gratitude to everyone who’s giving up their Christmas for the sake of others.

“In particular, our emergency personnel and Australian Defence Force members, whether here or overseas,” he said.

“Our medical workers and our hospitality and those who give up for others through charities,” he added.

At the same time, it wasn’t an easy period for some, the prime minister said.

“I know many Australians are doing it tough at the moment, in particular those in Far North Queensland, dealing with the aftermath of the floods,” he said.

“To them, I say, you are all in our thoughts. May better times be ahead.”

Albanese also asked Australians to drive safely this holiday season.