Operation & # 39; protect & # 39; Australia Day: Scott Morrison to oblige EVERY council to party on January 26 – otherwise they will be deprived of their right to hold citizenship ceremonies
- Premier Scott Morrison further established January 26 as Australia Day
- Councils will be stripped of their ability to grant citizenship unless they abide by it
- Mr. Morrison says that implementing new rules is meant to 'protect and respect the day & # 39;
- The new rules come because two councils have withdrawn all their citizenship rights
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken a drastic step to anchor January 26 as Australia Day, saying that he is trying to protect & respect the day & # 39;
Mr. Morrison has announced that he will force all 537 councils across Australia to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
If they do not keep to the rules, disobedient councils are fired from their ability to make unlimited citizen's expenses.
The new government enforcement comes after the concern that city councils politicize our national day & # 39 ;.
Premier Scott Morrison has unveiled a drastic new trick to keep the day of Australia on January 26th
Mr. Morrison announced his promise to protect our national day and ensure that it is respected & # 39; as he prepares for the federal elections.
We believe that all councils that have the privilege of holding citizenship ceremonies must be obliged to hold a ceremony on Australia Day, & # 39; he said.
The Prime Minister says he is concerned that councils are avoiding rules to protest against Australia Day and hopes to put an end to local councils trying to circumvent the rules or play politics with Australia Day.
Two councils in Melbourne have already had the right to revoke citizenship ceremonies after their vote to disregard the Australia Day ceremonies in favor of the Invasion Day & # 39; events in the native theme.
Last year, more than 70 percent of all Australian councils held citizenship ceremonies even though there was no effective enforcement to do so.
However, the government stressed that councils who want to hold ceremonies the night before – claim that the night has better weather conditions – are rebellion.
Councils that hope to spend citizenship will, & # 39; privelege & # 39; revoke unless they do it on 26 January under a reform of the ceremony of Australian citizenship (stock image)
The city council of Hawkesbury and the Kempsey Shire Council on the north coast of New South Wales are threatening to revoke their citizenship rights.
According to earlier guidelines, councils could issue citizenship on the day of 26 January.
But the revised ceremony of the citizenship of Australia ceremony will see that abolished.
Under the changes, the councils will also be obliged to hold a second ceremony on the Australian Citizenship Day, which falls on 17 September.
An unprecedented dress code will also be maintained.
& # 39; In all respects afterwards on the boardies and flip flops for the BBQ, but for the official ceremony it is right to do to show respect in how you dress, & # 39; said Mr. Morrison.
The revised code has been reportedly completed and will be issued to the councils in the coming weeks.
Although there was no strict enforcement, more than 70 percent of councils held citizenship ceremonies on January 26, 2017. Pictured is a citizenship ceremony at Hyde Park in Sydney
However, it will only become effective in 2020.
Before the code was announced, it was revealed that councils abolished celebrations across the country, to the anger of some residents, while some of the Greens' MPs attend the invasion days instead.
Byron Bay in New South Wales, Fremantle in Western Australia and Victoria & # 39; s Darebin, Yarra and Moreland councils were among the first to cancel official events on January 26th.
The changes are reportedly made out of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who regard Australia Day as a time of mourning.
The national holiday recognizes the date in 1788 when the first fleet arrived and British sovereignty was declared on the land that would become Australia.
Neither the coalition government nor the Federal Labor have expressed any support for moving the date of Australia Day from 26 January.