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Sixty newest citizens among the palms.



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John Cobb MP Australian Government Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Centre

Sixty Newest Citizens Among the Palms

16 September 2005

Over sixty people will celebrate Citizenship Day tomorrow when they are conferred citizenship by the Lord Mayor of Palmerston, Annette Bourke, at the Charles Darwin University in Palmerston.

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, John Cobb, congratulated the new conferees, saying citizenship was a unifying force in our culturally diverse society.

The ceremony will feature Emily Wilson entertaining the new citizens with the national anthem and well-known Peter Allen classic, I Still Call Australia Home.

Citizenship Day will also be celebrated in Alice Springs where eight people from Fiji, Solomon Islands, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, France, Taiwan and Iran will be conferred.

There will be 61 conferees taking citizenship in Palmerston this year, an increase on the 50 candidates from last year.

‘Australian Citizenship represents our shared values - acceptance, equality, freedom of speech and religion, the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, our constitution and English as the national language.

I am pleased to see that more people from the Northern Territory are becoming citizens this year,’ said Mr Cobb.

‘Australian Citizenship Day, now in its fifth year, is emerging as a key date on the national calendar for citizenship and affirmation ceremonies.

‘I would also encourage people who are already Australian citizens to take part in the Australian Citizenship Day celebrations by participating in an affirmation ceremony,’ Mr Cobb said.

For more information on Australian citizenship contact the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit www.citizenship.gov.au

The citizenship ceremony will be held on the 17 September at Lakeside Foyer (Building C), Charles Darwin University, Palmerston Campus, University Avenue, Palmerston at 10am.

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