Easter in Australia will be different this year, as it will be all around the world.

It's still true that we'll be able to gather together in our immediate family, but there won't be the opportunity for that extended family gathering, special times I know, as well as going off to church and our religious services where we can remember the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The coronavirus means this Easter will be different and we will be staying at home.

And it's important because we cannot undo the tremendous progress we have made together in recent times.

So this Easter we are staying at home. Don't travel. Don't go away.

For Christians, not being able to gather does not diminish the hope that we have through this important Easter period.

This year, we will live out our faith by doing the right thing.

That means staying at home, making sure we're checking on our neighbours and supporting our communities and families, our friends.

That's what living our faith is all about.

So as we go into this Easter long weekend, whatever your religious views might be, I do wish you a Happy Easter, Australia.

I hope it is a time as you come together in your homes, together with your immediate family, that it will be a strong reminder about what's most important.

Happy Easter, Australia.