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AustraliaFederal Government to force local councils to hold Australia Day citizenship ceremonies

16:55  12 january  2019
16:55  12 january  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Federal Government to force local councils to hold Australia Day citizenship ceremonies© Provided by ABC News The celebration of Australia Day on January 26 is increasingly contentious. The Federal Government has ramped up its efforts to force local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.

Immigration Minister David Coleman has announced he will update the code that governs how citizenship ceremonies are conducted, to ensure they are held on January 26.

Several councils around the country — including Melbourne's Yarra and Darebin — have already been stripped of their power to host citizenship events after voting to move the ceremonies to a less contentious day.

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The federal government quashed previous attempts, saying that refusing to hold a citizenship ceremony on 26 January because a council did “This includes arranging a citizenship ceremony to align with an ‘anti or alternate Australia Day celebration’. “ Local councils are now on notice that if

Hawke said the decision by the council not to hold a citizenship ceremony on 26 January next year, to support the campaign to change Australia Day to a Instead, citizenship ceremonies for residents of the local government area, which has a population of 80,000, will be conducted by neighbouring

Yarra City Council replaced its citizenship ceremony with an event "marking the loss of Indigenous culture".

The Government says any breaches to the new code will see more councils lose the ability to host the ceremonies throughout the year.

"New citizens should be given the opportunity to become an Australian on our national day," Mr Coleman said.

"While most councils already hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, becoming an Australian on our national day is a great privilege and I want more people to have that opportunity.

"Australia Day is an incredibly important part of our national calendar, and each year Australians in huge numbers celebrate our success at the many events organised by councils across the country."

Councils will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the code.

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