Big turnout as new citizens take oath

CANDIDATES: The citizenship candidates lined-up in front of Mayor Leon Stephens for their swearing-in ceremony. At left is Sue Supaporn-Harmer, formerly of Thailand, now of Port Pirie.
CANDIDATES: The citizenship candidates lined-up in front of Mayor Leon Stephens for their swearing-in ceremony. At left is Sue Supaporn-Harmer, formerly of Thailand, now of Port Pirie.

Port Pirie hosted a bumper crop of new citizens at the council chambers on Australia Day.

Eight people including children were sworn in as Australian citizens by Mayor Leon Stephens.

Mr Stephens said the candidates had ranged from "doctors to housewives". "It is fantastic some of the things these people have to share with us," he said.

The candidates lined up to recite their oath of allegiance then were introduced one-by-one to the crowd of about 30 family members and friends. Mr Stephens said Australia asked in return that the citizens "be a good neighbour and share with our community".

He read a letter from Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge who said, "we believe in freedom, the rule of law and democracy". The democracy had been borne out of fires and floods. Mr Tudge congratulated the new citizens on behalf of the federal government.

The ceremony was performed under the Citizenship Act 1948. Australia Day Ambassador VIcky Welgraven offered an acknowledgement to country.

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