Australians are being encouraged to support annual Australia Day citizenship ceremonies around the country.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said it was more important than ever to reflect on what it means to be Australian, whether it is by birth or by pledge.
“After disturbing events in the past year both in Australia and overseas, citizenship ceremonies provide a way for Australians from all walks of life to come together and stand united in our democratic beliefs and values,” Mr Dutton said.
“These ceremonies are an opportunity for the community to celebrate our bond, for new and existing citizens to reflect on the benefits and obligations of Australian citizenship, and to affirm a universal commitment to uphold the laws and values of Australia.”
Almost 16,000 people from 152 different countries will become Australian citizens as part of Australia Day celebrations around the nation, in more than 330 ceremonies being hosted across all states and territories. Events on Australia Day will include a ceremony on a special flight from Perth over Antarctica, a ceremony on the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the one-day international’s tea break, and a ceremony on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, at which the Governor-General will attend and the Prime Minister will preside.
Mr Dutton will preside over a morning ceremony at his local Rotary Club in Samford Valley, before taking to the SCG to preside there.
“I congratulate those taking the final step in their journey to become Australian citizens, marking their commitment and loyalty to this country,” Mr Dutton said.