Nineteen people from many parts of the world became Australians at a citizenship ceremony in Bundaberg today.
They were each presented their citizenship certificates and a Golden Penda, which is the Bundaberg Region's floral emblem.
The new Aussies came from India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Ireland, Egypt, Fiji, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
They were formally welcomed by Federal Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt, and Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey.
Mayor Dempsey offered warm congratulations.
“Acquiring Australian citizenship is a public declaration of your commitment to Australia,” he said.
“Today you have become members of one of the world's most culturally diverse societies.
“This morning is a time for you to remember. All present are privileged to share this special moment with you as you make your commitments and accept new responsibilities as Australian citizens.”
Mr Pitt read a welcome message from the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman.
“Australian citizenship represents full and formal membership of the community of the Commonwealth of Australia and Australian citizenship is a common bond, involving reciprocal rights and obligations, uniting all Australians, while respecting their diversity,” the message read
Persons on whom Australian citizenship is conferred enjoy these rights and undertake to accept these obligations:
- By pledging loyalty to Australia and its people,
- By sharing their democratic beliefs,
- By respecting their rights and liberties, and
- By upholding and obeying the laws of Australia.
“As such, citizenship is both of value to the individual and to the nation,” Mr Pitt said.
Rhythms of the Reef Chorus performed Waltzing Matilda and I Am Australian and sang the National Anthem
Bundaberg Regional Council will host six citizenship ceremonies in 2019.
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