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The National Arboretum played host to Canberra’s newest Australian citizens

From DIAC Newsroom:

17 September 2013

 

The National Arboretum played host to Canberra’s newest Australian citizens today, with more than 100 people from 37 countries joining the Australian family as part of Australia Citizenship Day celebrations.

The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, presided over the ceremony, with the new citizens pledging their commitment to the responsibilities and privileges of living in the country.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said Australian Citizenship Day is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the values we share and our common future.

“Today we celebrate our democratic values, equality and respect for each other, and think about what unites us as Australians,” the spokesman said.

“We encourage anyone who is eligible to formally become a part of our community as Australian citizens.”

Among the group at the National Arboretum was the Cullen family, originally from Hertfordshire in England. After living in Australia for more than four years, Marie-Louise and Andrew Cullen spoke of their excitement as they, and their five children, prepared to officially become “Aussies”.

“Becoming Australian citizens for us means accepting Australia as our home, accepting the Australian way of life as something we buy into, and providing a settled environment for our children where they feel part of the country that they will probably go on and live the rest of their lives in,” said Mr Cullen.

“It is an exciting step in our lives and basically formalising that desire within ourselves to be part of Australia.”

The ceremony was one of many around the country today as some 2250 people from 92 countries became Australian citizens.

 

 

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