Federal Government to force local councils to hold Australia Day citizenship ceremonies
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.
"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.