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Tasmania to welcome more than 270 new citizens.

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Media release Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Immigration and Citizenship 008.08 26 January 2008 **Embargoed until midnight 25 January** Tasmania to welcome more than 270 new citizens More than 270 people from more than 40 countries will become Australian citizens at 17 Australia Day events around Tasmania. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said today that making the citizenship pledge was an important step marking the beginning of life as an Australian citizen. “Becoming an Australian citizen shows commitment and loyalty to this country and a desire to share in our common future,” Senator Evans said. The new citizens in Tasmania are among more than 14 000 people who will become citizens at 321 Australia Day ceremonies around the nation. The events in Tasmania range from large ceremonies in Hobart and Launceston which will together welcome more than 140 new citizens to an event on King Island where one person will become an Australian citizen. Senator Evans said Australia had been enriched by the cultures and traditions of the people from more than 200 countries who had come to Australia. “The common bond that unites us all is citizenship,” Senator Evans said. Media enquiries: Simon Dowding (Minister’s office) - 0411 138 541 Michael Porteus (DIAC national Communications Office) - 0419 442 000