Clarence welcomes new citizens

TWELVE new Australians will now make their home on the Eastern Shore after receiving a formal welcome at a citizenship ceremony in early July.

Presided over by Mayor Doug Chipman, the 12 Clarence residents from eight countries have now become full Australian citizens.

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, who represented Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton, said Australian citizenship conferred great benefits, but also a number of rights and obligations.

“Australia stands proud in today’s world and is recognised for defending the values, rights and obligations that will stand us in good stead for as long as we embrace them,” he said.

Senator Abetz encouraged every non-citizen to consider becoming an Australian citizen.

“It’s never too late,” he said.

“I’ve had the honour of attending a number of these ceremonies over the years and I’ve met some wonderful people who have made the pledge to become Australian citizens – some even after being here for more than 50-years.”

Caption: Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman and Liberal Senator Eric Abetz with Clarence’s newest citizens.