Australia Day (22.8.2017)

Written on the 1 September 2017

22 August 2017


Members statements 



One of the most enjoyable things we do as MPs is attend citizenship ceremonies within our local communities. I am fortunate that in Southern Metropolitan Region a range of ceremonies take place, especially on Australia Day, which is particularly symbolic for so many who become Australian citizens on that day.

On Australia Day I attend several citizenship ceremonies, usually starting with a good old-fashioned Aussie breakfast at Kingston. I then attend a ceremony at the City of Stonnington, where the fabulous Stonnington City Brass band and vocalist Richard Thomas perform the most stirring and wonderful renditions of the Australian national anthem, I Still Call Australia Home and Waltzing Matilda, or at the City of Glen Eira, where the town hall is a sea of Australian flags, or at the City of Port Phillip, which embraces the spirit of Australia by starting with a smoking ceremony to recognise Indigenous Australians and concluding with everyone enjoying a sausage sizzle.

This is the spirit of Australia, and I for one do not want to lose that accepting way of life that brings people together rather than those actions that will divide us.

The decisions of the cities of Darebin and Yarra are certainly divisive, unnecessary and un-Australian.

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