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Australian Citizenship Day Celebrated Across the Nation

September 2017, 19
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People belonging to 131 countries were granted citizenship as a part of Australian Citizenship Day. Through this initiative, Australia warmly welcomed thousands of new citizens into its fold. There were ceremonies across the country even though the federal government was locked in a battle with local councils over the rights to hold ceremonies.

400 new Australians were congratulated by Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in Brisbane. It was through citizenship that all shared a commitment to the Australian values of respect, democracy, freedom, and security he said.

It is estimated that approximately 5000 people, from 131 countries, were made citizens, to mark Citizenship Day. There were citizens from all over the world but the majority of them were from the United Kingdom, India, and South Africa.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove was the Guest of Honor at a ceremony in Canberra. There were major ceremonies held in Sydney Melbourne and Darwin.

Last week as a mark of respect for the Aboriginal people, a third Melbourne council, voted in favor of dropping all references of January 26 as Australia Day.

Moreland City Council will hold its citizenship ceremony officially on January 26th, but Yarra and Darebin councils lost their right to hold them after the councils in Melbourne voted to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26th.

Alex Hawke, Assistant Immigration Minister said that these councils breached the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code because the events cannot be used for political, partisan or religious expression. 

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