Australia will welcome new citizens on Australian Citizenship Day tomorrow with 68 ceremonies around the country.
16 September 2010
Nation to celebrate Australian Citizenship Day tomorrow
Australian Citizenship Day tomorrow will see more than 3600 people from 118 countries become citizens at ceremonies across the nation.
The Australian immigration department and local government councils will play host some 68 citizenship ceremonies in state and territory capital cities, major metropolitan centres and regional towns.
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said September 17 is an opportunity for all Australians to consider the meaning of Australian Citizenship.
“Citizenship is the bond which unites us all as Australians and symbolises our sense of belonging,” Mr Bowen said.
“Australian Citizenship Day is a time for all Australians to take pride in their citizenship and reflect on the meaning of being a citizen of this great nation.
“It is also a special day for our newest Australians to join the Australian community at ceremonies across the country. Becoming an Australian citizen is a step that shows commitment and loyalty to this country and the desire to share a common future.
“I congratulate all of Australia's newest citizens.”
School children across the nation will also help to mark Australian Citizenship Day with several schools holding special affirmation ceremonies to celebrate.