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  • ALL AUSTRALIANS ENCOURAGED TO REFLECT THIS AUSTRALIA DAY

This Australia Day, more than 16,000 people from 154 different countries are set to become Australian citizens at almost 400 citizenship ceremonies nationwide.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton congratulated our newest Aussies as they pledged their loyalty and commitment to our country.

“Australia Day provides the opportunity for all of us to openly reflect on what it means to be Australian,” Mr Dutton said.

“Today we gather to publicly and respectfully express our national pride, celebrate our shared values and recommit our determination to make Australia an even better place for future generations to come.

“It is an opportunity to come together, stand united in our democratic beliefs and values and acknowledge the importance of what it means to become an Australian."

Many thousands of existing Australians are also expected to affirm their citizenship on our national day, bringing communities together in regional and metropolitan Australia.

Mr Dutton will preside over a morning ceremony at his local Rotary Club in Samford Valley, followed by another ceremony in Strathpine.

“Citizenship is the common bond uniting all Australians. Whether you are a citizen by birth or by pledge, today we are reminded by the numbers of those affirming their loyalty to Australia and its people, that we truly do live in the ‘lucky country’,” Mr Dutton said.

Today’s newest citizens join more than five million others who have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first ceremony in 1949.

Further information: Minister’s Office – 02 6277 7860

 

For information about and/or interviews with new citizens in your local area, contact the media team at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 02 6264 2244

 

APPENDIX A: Statistics for Australia Day ceremonies

 

·         16, 209 people expected to be conferred

·         154 countries

·         391 ceremonies

 

State

No. of People

No. of Ceremonies

No. of Countries

NSW

3387

98

108

VIC

3774

79

113

QLD

4312

76

115

NT

186

7

39

WA

3069

80

109

SA

1175

37

74

TAS

279

13

53

ACT

27

<5

13

Overseas

12

<5

<5

Nationally

16209

391

154

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