Tonight, Jews in Australia and around the world will gather at Seder tables to celebrate Passover, the Festival of Freedom, which symbolises the power of hope and faith over oppression.
These are challenging and unsettling times, especially since COVID-19 means that friends and family will not be together.
However, I am optimistic that scientists from all nations, working hand in hand, will find an antidote to this pandemic.
At the same time, we are reminded that the virus of antisemitism is still here.
Not since the end of the Second World War has there been such a vicious campaign of antisemitism, accompanied by violent attacks against Jewish communities, as well as the heartbreaking victimisation of young people at schools, as we saw last year at Cheltenham Secondary College and Hawthorn West Primary.
There is a lot at stake and still so much left to do.
We know that extremists are exploring the Coronavirus to promote their antisemitic, racist conspiracies to stir up hate.
Our mission is now more urgent and critical than ever before.
As we face these frontiers of bigotry, the ADC remains devoted to helping the victims, and will never let up in providing support to those affected.
I am comforted by the knowledge that you, our friends and champions, will always stand with us.
Thank you for doing your part, and for making a difference.
Wishing you and your family a joyous and healthy Passover.