Turnbull celebrates Australian values in Christmas message

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has used his Christmas message to urge Australians to celebrate the nation's values and diversity.

Mr Turnbull also asked people to remember the less fortunate and make an effort to help out a stranger.

"Whatever you're doing on Christmas this year, please remember those that need our love and support now more than any other time," he said in the video message, released on Christmas Eve.

"Those who are homeless, those who are alone or lonely, and those for whom Christmas is not a joyous celebration."

The Prime Minister said Australians should use the Christmas break to "reflect on what makes our country so great".

"Our rich tapestry of diversity, the way we respect each other, the way we look out for each other, for our family, friends and neighbours. These are the values we should celebrate today," he said.

Mr Turnbull was joined by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in thanking Defence Force and emergency services personnel and other workers who will spend the holiday on duty.

In his message, delivered alongside his wife Chloe, Mr Shorten singled out people working "for no other reason than they have got to help pay the bills, put food on the table".

"Without you, the rest of us couldn't enjoy our Christmas Day and I thank you for your hard work," he said.

This story Turnbull celebrates Australian values in Christmas message first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.