AUSTRALIANS JOIN TOGETHER TO SAY "WELCOME"

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National Mosque Open Day and Walk Together marches ran across the country today in celebration of National Day of Unity.

The day was launched on October 13 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Leader of the Greens Richard Di Natale.

State director of Welcome to Australia James Jegasothy said the event showed the diversity and the true spirit of Australians.

"There was a lot of passion and welcome out there in the community," he said.

"It proved to me that people just needed an opportunity to express it."

Mr Jegasothy is a refugee himself, who fled Sri Lanka with his parents and brother when he was a child.

"We were lucky enough to be really welcomed in Australia," he said.

"We came at a time when Australia had compassionate policies.

"I want people who come these days to feel the same welcome I felt."

Mr Jegasothy said it was good to see the Government agreeing to take in 12,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis, but said he believed Australia had the capacity to welcome many more.

Walks happened in 25 other cities and towns in the country.

(excerpt from ABC News)

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    The day was launched on October 13 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, along with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Leader of the Greens Richard Di Natale.

    State director of Welcome to Australia James Jegasothy said the event showed the diversity and the true spirit of Australians.

    "There was a lot of passion and welcome out there in the community," he said.

    "It proved to me that people just needed an opportunity to express it."

    Mr Jegasothy is a refugee himself, who fled Sri Lanka with his parents and brother when he was a child.

    "We were lucky enough to be really welcomed in Australia," he said.

    "We came at a time when Australia had compassionate policies.

    "I want people who come these days to feel the same welcome I felt."

    Mr Jegasothy said it was good to see the Government agreeing to take in 12,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis, but said he believed Australia had the capacity to welcome many more.

    Walks happened in 25 other cities and towns in the country.

    (excerpt from ABC News)

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