It was a delight to recently join Randwick Mayor Scott Nash in welcoming our "New Aussies" at Randwick City Council's Citizenship Ceremony.
Randwick Town Hall was filled with excitement as our "New Aussies", guests, family and friends waited to take the "Pledge of Allegiance" which is the final step to becoming an Australian Citizen.
As Mayor of Botany Bay I presided over many many citizenship ceremonies. It was a duty that always filled me with pride. As I addressed our Nation's newest citizens, I reminded everyone that Australia was a land built by migrants and their children. Australia is a land that has always welcomed new citizens, best described in the second verse of our National Anthem; "For those who come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share".
Congratulations to all our new citizens.