8,000 new citizens celebrate Australian Citizenship Day

By Our Reporter

More than 8,000 people from almost 130 nations became Australians on 17 September

As we mark Australian Citizenship Day, 150 citizenship ceremonies are taking place across the country.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman welcomed 50 new citizens from 25 countries at a ceremony at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

“Citizenship Day is a time to recognise the value and significance of Australian citizenship and celebrate the contribution of all citizens to our great nation,” Mr Coleman said.

“Last financial year almost 130,000 migrants acquired citizenship by conferral, including more than 28,000 from India. The Indian community has played an important role in Australia for generations and these new citizens have embraced the fundamental values that underpin our society. The pillars of our nation – freedom, democracy, and the rule of law—have been embraced by generations of migrants to Australia,” Mr Coleman said.

The Government has invested in citizenship processing to meet increasing demand, while ensuring we maintain the integrity of our citizenship program, he said. “As a result, last financial year there was an 80 per cent increase in the number of citizenship by conferral applications approved.”

Since 1949, Australia has welcomed more than five million new citizens.

The Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) will today preside over a ceremony in the remote town of Newman in WA.

For more information about Australian Citizenship Day visit www.citizenship.gov.au


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