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Naturalization ceremonies have become a familiar part of the Australian scene in the post-war migration years. At warm, friendly ceremonies in municipalities throughout the nation, Mayors and other civic officials administer the Oath of Allegiance to non-British migrants who have lived for five years in Australia. This period of residence is shortened to two years for minors between 16 and 21 years and other special provisions further reduce or eliminate the waiting time in some cases. Candidates for citizenship must be of good character and must have an adequate knowledge of English and of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The Mayor welcomes the candidates and addresses them on citizenship before administering the Oath of Allegiance

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A12111, 1/1962/12/5
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