Say g’day to thou­sands of new Aussie cit­i­zens

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

A free on­line e “speed­speed uni course” is teach- ing ev­i­dence­based re­search about feed­ingg and in­fant nu­tri­tion for a child’s first year.

About 15,000 0 par­ents, grand­par­ents and health work­ers s from 145 coun­tries h have signedi up for the two-week Mas­sive Open On­line Course, cre­ated by Deakin Univer­sity.

Course cre­ator Pro­fes­sor Karen Campbell, from Deakin’s In­sti­tute for Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity and Nu­tri­tion, said there was of­ten con­fu­sion among new par­ents and car­ers about how to ac­cess highq qual­ity, re­li­able a and un­bi­ased g guid­ance on infa fant feed­ing. “If you can h help a woman le learn to en­joy a h health­ier diet dur­ing preg­nancy, it has ben­e­fits for her, it prob­a­bly has ben­e­fits for her part­ner and her chil­dren in set­ting them up to eat healthily for the rest of their lives,” she said.

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