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The directions from the Federal Government to local councils to make the Australia Day citizenship ceremonies more formal and enforce a dress code are as ridiculous as they are un-Australian.

Australians are loved around the world for their daggy dress sense, and that is understandable when one knows that thongs, ugg boots and singlets are considered fashion items in the land down under.

A citizenship ceremony is not about dress code or formality, but all about new Australians committing themselves to their new country, and as an immigrant myself I know what a big step that is to take, and even more when one loses theĀ  passport from one’s birth country, as I did.

Becoming a new Australian is showing acceptance of one’s new home and culture and it is a very proud moment to receive the citizenship certificate from the mayor. It is wanting to be part of the nation, being allowed to vote and being eligible to stand for local, state and federal government. It is not only a privilege to become an Australian, but also a strong commitment.

Many people turn up at the ceremonies in dresses, shirts or T-shirts made out of the Australian flag, and others turn up in their national dress from their birth country. Some come in shorts, and why not on a stinking hot day in a country where boardies are the norm.

There is no disrespect in dressing who we are and what reflects our personality, and it is nonsense to believe people will turn up in formal wear to become citizens of a country that prides itself on freedom of choice.

Only three more weeks till Australia Day, and I am looking forward to being at the Fremantle ceremony, although we will celebrate our city’s diversity at the ONE DAY event a couple of days later.

And ‘well done’ again TRANSPERTH for closing the Fremantle line from January 27-30 at night, after the 7.55pm train to Perth. All those who want to come to the One Day concert on the Esplanade will now have to hop on buses. Our WA public transport authorities closed the Freo train line a few years in a row during the Fremantle Street Festival as well. Very inconsiderate!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Sam said, on January 6, 2020 at 10:25 am

    When you travel and/or live overseas you quickly come to the realisation that Australians do not dress well. I’d hope we can learn a thing or two from immigrants who avoid wearing something they picked off the floor that looks and smells “kinda clean”.


  2. angelwanderer said, on January 5, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I agree but there’s a limit to how far our Aussie flexibility should go.

    It’s a ceremony. It should have a minimum standard of dress. Some folks need a written heads-up on what’s deemed as unacceptable attire.

    It shouldn’t need to be said but we live in weird times. If authorities don’t say it and standards drop, we blame them for not making it clear from the outset.

    I’d dress up for the ceremony. My butt-crack would be safely tucked away. I’d brush my hair, straighten my shirt, polish my shoes and give thanks for the lucky country in this way.


    P.S Citisenship = Citizenship


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