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  1. Visas and immigration
    People moving to Australia plan to become citizens and also feel that marking Australia Day is important for the nation and it also makes them feel welcome, a new survey has found. But most don't know the significance of the January 26 date and are unaware of sensitivities over the day among...
  2. Visas and immigration
    Almost 13,000 people from 129 countries marked the national day in Australia by becoming new citizens in 336 ceremonies across the nation despite controversy over the date. There have been growing calls for the date of Australia Day to be changed from 26 January because it represents the start...
  3. Visas and immigration
    A large majority of people who have moved to Australia and refugees want to become citizens and feel it is important to mark Australia Day, according to a new survey. Most newcomers say they plan to mark the day in some way and that Australia Day events make them feel more welcome in their new...
  4. Visas and immigration
    A desire to move the date of Australia Day, the national holiday commemorating the first British ships to arrive in 1788, has been lambasted as a minority view by a Government official. There has been a growing call for the date of the national day to be moved from 26 January but now Assistant...
  5. Visas and immigration
    The future of official events for Australia Day is increasingly in doubt, particularly in Melbourne where yet another councils has voted to abandon the national celebration out of respect for indigenous people. Australia Day on 26 January commemorates the anniversary of the arrival in 1788 of...
  6. Visas and immigration
    Australian citizenship is at the top of the political agenda at the moment with a rowdy consultation currently going on over proposed changes to make the application process tougher. But it is now affected people at a local level with the national Government stripping the city council of Yarra...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Tens of thousands of people from around 150 different countries became new citizens on Australia Day as part of a series of events to mark the biggest public holiday of the year. According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) 16,000 took part in official ceremonies and...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Australians typically celebrate the nation on Australia Day which is 26 January, but this year there are growing calls for the date to be changed as it actually marks the day the country was 'invaded' by the British. On 26 January 1788 the British fleet landed at Port Jackson, New South Wales...
  9. General chit-chat and news
    More than 16,000 people from 154 different countries became Australian citizens at almost 400 citizenship ceremonies nationwide to mark Australia Day. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton congratulated our newest Aussies as they pledged their loyalty and commitment to...
  10. Visas and immigration
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has marked Australian Day by urging people to reaffirm their pledge to make the country a beacon of hope in uncertain times. In his annual Australia Day message he said that Australia Day is about honouring the traditional owners of the land and paying...
  11. General chit-chat and news
    Australia Day 2013 falls on Saturday, 26 January and with a public holiday on Monday, 28 January this is the perfect opportunity for Australians to party from Saturday through to Monday. So, how will you be celebrating Australia Day?
  12. Visas and immigration
    The biggest national holiday in Australia is being celebrated today (Wednesday January 26) with one of the most important official parts of the celebrations being the welcoming of new citizens. Australia Day marks the arrival of Europeans to Australia in 1788, and has become an occasion for...
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