Rift pushed to one side for new cit­i­zens

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA has wel­comed thou­sands of new cit­i­zens as part of Aus­tralian Cit­i­zen­ship Day cer­e­monies across the coun­try, as the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment bat­tles lo­cal coun­cils over their rights to hold cer­e­monies.

Close to 400 new Aus­tralians were con­grat­u­lated by Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Pe­ter Dut­ton at a cer­e­mony in Brisbane’s Calam­vale yes­ter­day.

About 5000 peo­ple from 131 coun­tries be­came cit­i­zens in the past week to mark Cit­i­zen­ship Day, with the ma­jor­ity of new cit­i­zens from In­dia, the United King­dom and South Africa.

Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Sir Pe­ter Cos­grove at­tended a cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House in Can­berra, while ma­jor cer­e­monies were also held in Mel­bourne, Dar­win and Syd­ney.

Last week a third Mel­bourne coun­cil voted to drop all references of Jan­uary 26 as Aus­tralia Day out of re­spect for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

More­land City Coun­cil will con­tinue to hold its of­fi­cial cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony on Jan­uary 26 and says the Gov­ern­ment should not strip it of the right to do so.

Yarra and Dare­bin coun­cils lost their right to hold cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies af­ter the Mel­bourne coun­cils voted to dump Aus­tralia Day and co­in­cid­ing cer­e­monies on Jan­uary 26.

REVHEADS who “wheely” love their cars are be­ing urged to par­tic­i­pate in a Gee­long fundraiser for be­yond­blue.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ric­cardo Gen­tilu­omo, pic­tured here with Don Cam­panile and Don’s 1975 Ford Fair­lane, is pro­duc­ing a book, Wheel Love Gee­long. For $49, fam­i­lies can be pho­tographed with their ve­hi­cles and added to the book.

Mr Gen­tilu­omo hopes to raise $5000 to help com­bat de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

“In July I did a thing with be­yond­blue where I was pho­tograph­ing moth­ers with their chil­dren and we ended up rais­ing $28,000,” he said.

“I wanted to make it more lo­cal and I’ve got an in­ter­est­ing car — so I fig­ured I’d merge the two in­ter­ests for a good cause. I re­ally want to fig­ure out why a car brings a fam­ily to­gether.” Pic­ture: PE­TER RIS­TEVSKI

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