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Newest citizens for Western Australia on Australia Day 2003



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Gary Hardgrave MP Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Release H12/2003 - 26 January 2003

Newest Citizens for Western Australia on Australia Day 2003

Around 1,100 people are expected to become Australian citizens in ceremonies to be held around Western Australia during the Australia Day period this year, the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, said today.

Mr Hardgrave congratulated candidates on the commitment they were making to being part of Australia's common future and to the values that united all Australians.

'For each candidate today, their choice to become an Australian citizen is a concrete expression of their pride in being part of Australia's dynamic and diverse society.

'I urge everyone to take seriously the responsibilities of their Australian citizenship so that they can make an even bigger contribution to our community,' Mr Hardgrave said.

Celebrations across Western Australia will include the Premier's Australia Day Awards in Bassendean and a Family Fun Day at Albany with a children's carnival and craft market.

This year nearly 8400 candidates for citizenship will make the citizenship pledge as part of the Australia Day celebrations at ceremonies across the nation.

Many of the citizenship ceremonies will be followed by affirmation ceremonies, inviting Australians to affirm their loyalty to Australia and welcome new citizens into the community.

The affirmation is as follows: As an Australian citizen, I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I uphold and obey.

'Whether people are Australian by birth or by choice, we are all united by our unique identity and the values of commitment and responsibility inherent in our culture,' Mr Hardgrave said.

'Such values were recently highlighted in the support and dedication shown by so many Australians in response to the devastating events of the past year such as the Bali bombings, the drought and the recent bushfire crisis.

'Australian citizenship is an enduring symbol of our unity, and one which is highly valued by the community and the Government.'

For general citizenship information, contact Public Affairs 0419 442 000 or visit the Citizenship website at www.citizenship.gov.au.

26 January 2003

Media contact: Amanda Lynch 0419 123 862