The federal government has intensified its efforts to force local councils to hold citizenship ceremonies in Australia Day.
- Several councils have already been deprived of their power to host citizenship events
- Some councils want to move ceremonies on a less controversial day
- Immigration Minister said "becoming an Australian in our nation the day is a privilege"
Immigration Minister David Coleman announced that he will update the code that governs the way in which city ceremonies are conducted, to ensure they are held on January 26th.
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The city council of Yarra replaced the citizenship ceremony with an event "that marks the loss of indigenous culture".
The government says that any violation of the new code will see more advice losing the ability to host the ceremonies during the year.
"New citizens should have the opportunity to become Australian on our national day," said Coleman.
"While many councils already hold citizenship ceremonies in Australia Day, becoming Australians on our national day is a great privilege and I want more people to have this opportunity.
" Australia Day is an incredibly important part of our national calendar, and every year Australians in large numbers celebrate our success in the numerous events organized by councils throughout the country. "19659008] The councils will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the code.  Arguments:
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