New Australian citizens welcomed on Harmony Day

Harmony Day was marked in Canberra with a special Australian citizenship ceremony welcoming 135 people from 24 countries as Australia's newest citizens.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, congratulated the new citizens as they pledged their commitment to Australia.

"The ceremony provided an opportunity for new citizens to gather and stand united in our democratic beliefs and values and acknowledge the importance of what it means to become an Australian citizen," Mr Dutton said.

"Australia continues to weave a strong culture of acceptance and diversity into the fabric of the country by welcoming our new citizens. Our diversity is our strength and what more fitting and symbolic way to celebrate the pride and joy that comes with being Aussie than on a day that fosters cross-cultural relationships and respect like Harmony Day."

Conferees attended from 24 countries including Bangladesh, France, Peru, South Africa and the United States. Senator Zed Seselja delivered a welcome message from Mr Dutton and presented the conferees with their Australian citizenship certificates.‚Äč