Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fill the missing stars, there is room for more brave citizens 
Australia Day 26 January and a pledge for old and new citizens:
From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
Whose rights and liberties I respect,
And whose laws I will uphold and obey.
For citizenship these words are described as a pledge not an oath and use of the words under God is optional. A citizenship test uses multiple choice questions such as: What do we remember on Anzac Day? What are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag?
According to the official web site, 118 196 people were approved to become Australian citizens in 2008-9  by conferral, descent or resumption. The top ten previous citizenship of people were led by UK by a wide margin followed, in order,  by India, China, South Africa, NZ, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Australia allows dual nationality.