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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - February 1, 1966, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory No. 145 february 1966 naturalization ceremonies two changes planned by minister plans to simplify and shorten the naturalization ceremony have been announced by the minister for immigration or. Opperman. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the australian citizenship convention or. Opperman said the government had agreed that he should introduce to parliament some amendments to the nationality and citizenship act. " two matters will be dealt with in the amending Bill he said. " the first of these is the practice of requiring applicants for naturalization to renounce allegiance to their former countries before swearing allegiance to our Queen. " to its present form the renunciation is prominent in the naturalization ceremony he said. " the government has in min that the essential words of renunciation be incorporated by the use of Only four words As part of the oath of allegiance to the Queen,"mr.opperman said. The change would simplify and shorten the naturalization ceremony and enhance its dignity or Opperman said. " i believe also that while retaining a minimum form of renunciation the change will eliminate the emotional disturbance Felt by candidates in View of their natural and rightful love of their the second amendment would ensure that a Man and his wife would always be Able to become naturalized at the same ceremony when it was Clear that the naturalization of one was going to make the other eligible for citizenship also. At the Momenta woman unable to speak English Well has to wait for her husband to be naturalized at one ceremony and then receive her own certificate at the next. 6,200 were naturalized in Australia Day ceremonies most 6,200 Newa settlers became australian citizens at 158 naturalization ceremonies held in conjunction with Australia Day celebrations this year. This was nearly 1,700 More than the number naturalized at the same time last year and brought the total number of naturalization since 1945 to an estimated 477,500. Hie minister for immigration or Opper Man said that he regarded these ceremonies As an important part of Australia Day celebrations. Naturalization certificates we represented to 5,371 adults. They also covered about 800 children under the age of 16 who automatically gained citizenship with their parents. The largest number of candidates for naturalization Wasin new South Wales where 2,073 settlers took part in 67 ceremonies. The biggest single ceremony was in Brisbane on january 26, when 682 settlers became Australia citizens in the further 355 were naturalized in 36 ceremonies in Queensland county townships. Victoria held 30 ceremonies at which 1,095 took the oath of allegiance. Other naturalization ceremonies included 12 gatherings in South australian towns when581 became new citizens. In Western Australia 275 were naturalized at the Council House Perth. In nine county centres a further 180 received their certificates. Tasmania held two major ceremonies with 100 candidates at Hobart and 30 at Launceston. Convention tops says award Winner this year s Winner of the for citizenship sister Violet Eperjesy is seen above in a More familiar role. She is pictured with some of her patients at the Bam Yili aboriginal settlement 280 mile South East of Darwin. Sister Eperjesy who received her award at the australian citizenship convention said she enjoyed every minute of the convention. " i thought it was tops she said. She was also Able to catch up on some shopping in Canberra. Speaking of her award she said " it is a very great honour to have received it not Only for myself but for the nursing profession to which i belong and for other people coming to

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