People are people no matter where they are from, how they have travelled or what their story is and they deserve to be welcomed, unconditionally, non-judgementally and with open arms. First impressions are lasting, so think of the enduring legacy guaranteed by a smiling welcome to australia. New arrivals will stay in our country not only because they have to but because they want to.

Now to lend some proper wisdom to my contribution I’d like to quote the most welcoming of them all, Mother Teresa, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty” and perhaps more appropriately, “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”