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Locals councils ordered to host citizenship ceremonies on January 26

Prime Minister Scott Morrison with newly sworn citizens at an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, 2019. Source: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Local councils will be forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day following the introduction of new Federal Government rules. The government says the change will ensure a maximum number of people can become citizens on January the 26th and prevent some councils from politicizing the day.

Every year thousands of people are confirmed as new Australians.

Many of them attend citizenship ceremonies to make it official, with Australia Day being one of the most popular occasions to make that affirmation.

This year, about 300 councils held it on that day, but 36 did not.

Under new mandatory changes, Federal Minister for Citizenship David Coleman says all councils will have to hold them on January the 26th.

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