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History meets the future on Citizenship Day.

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John Cobb MP Australian Government Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Centre

History Meets the Future on Citizenship Day

16 September 2005

Some thirty people will celebrate Citizenship Day tomorrow when they are conferred citizenship by the Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, at the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney.

The ceremony will bring together some of Sydney’s newest citizens in one of its most historic locations. The Barracks were built in the early 19th century by convict labour.

The conferees will reflect Sydney’s diverse communities, with 27 candidates from 25 countries of birth, including people from Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Nepal, Germany, Philippines, Taiwan and Russia.

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

There will be 778 conferees taking up citizenship in Sydney during the celebrations around Citizenship Day.

Other ceremonies in Sydney will be held in Willoughby, Warringah, Hornsby, Kogarah, Leichhardt, Woollahra, Auburn, Campbelltown and Fairfield.

‘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,’ Mr Cobb said.

‘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

The Hyde Barracks citizenship ceremony will be held on the 17 September at 11am.

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