Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic was delighted to be part of Blacktown City’s welcome for 150 people who became Australian citizens on Australia Day.
“One of my favourite roles as an MP is being involved in our City’s Citizenship Ceremonies – and it takes on even greater meaning on Australia Day,” Mr Husic said.
“It’s always fantastic to see how happy the families and friends are of people taking their citizenship pledge.
“I would like to personally welcome Blacktown City’s newest citizens and wish them well as they officially join the Australian family.
“Becoming an Australian citizen is a significant step that shows commitment and loyalty to this great nation.”
Of those taking the pledge on Australia Day were 19 people from the Philippines.
They join the 12,000 people from a Filipino background, who have set up homes in the electorate of Chifley.
Across NSW, 172 Filipinos became Australians on Australia Day, 903 Filipinos nationally.
Australia Day is the most popular day of the year to become a citizen, with around 13,700 people from 144 countries attending 365 special ceremonies across Australia.
More than four million people from 200 countries have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949, including more than one million in the past decade and close to 100,000 in the past year.