The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader attended citizenship ceremonies as part of the 2013 celebrations of Australia Day.
Julia Gillard spoke and presented citizenship certificates at a ceremony in Canberra. Amongst others, she welcomed the actor Miriam Margolyes as an Australian citizen.
Tony Abbott spoke at a citizenship ceremony at Holdfast Bay in Adelaide. He told the gathering that whilst diversity is cherished, so too is unity.
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Tony Abbott’s remarks at the City of Holdfast Bay Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, Adelaide.
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Mr Mayor, distinguished parliamentary colleagues, particularly my federal parliamentary colleagues Steve Georganas, Andrew Southcott and Senator Simon Birmingham, ladies and gentlemen. It is a thrill and an honour for me to be here at Glenelg on this Australia Day and to say to this fine group of Australians and Australians to be, Happy Birthday Australia. [Read more…]