Congratulations to all the new Australian’s who took the pledge on Australia day 2013.
In an increasingly globalized society, Australian citizenship quite often comes with more responsibilities than benefits. The Australian citizenship pledge is a person’s formal commitment to adhere to the law and respect the Australian community’s values and customs.
More people become citizens on Australia Day than any other day of the year, and Saturday broke new records with more than 17,000 new Australians welcomed at 430 events nationwide.
Queensland led the way this year with more than 5000 new citizens, whilst New South Wales and Victoria each welcomed about 3800. In total, these 17,059 new citizens hail from 145 different countries.
Saturday also marked the occasion of the Governor-General’s 2013 Honours Lists, including the awarding of such distinctions as Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), as well as the Public Service Medal (PSM), the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), and many other honours.
Click to learn more about awardees at the Governor-General’s Australia Day 2013 Honours Lists webpage: http://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2013-honours-lists
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