Rift pushed to one side for new citizens
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