Say g’day to thousands of new Aussie citizens
AUSTRALIA has welcomed thousands of new citizens as part of Australian Citizenship Day ceremonies across the country, as the Federal Government battles councils over their rights to hold ceremonies.
About 400 new Australians were congratulated by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton at a ceremony at Calamvale, in Brisbane’s south, yesterday.
“Through citizenship we share a commitment to the Australian values of democracy, respect, security and freedom,” he said.
About 5000 people from 131 countries became citizens in the past week to mark Citizen- ship Day, with the majority of new citizens from India, the UK and South Africa.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove hosted a ceremony at Government House in Canberra yesterday, while major ceremonies were also held in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin.
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 hold citizenship ceremonies. NEW parents have the chance to graduate top of the class in weaning, spoonfeeding and charming fussy eaters.
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