City of Fremantle could lose citizenship ceremoy after Tangney MHR takes aim over Australia Day stance

Fremantle’s Australia Day fireworks have been cancelled and replaced with an event on January 28.
Fremantle’s Australia Day fireworks have been cancelled and replaced with an event on January 28.

CITY of Fremantle could have its citizenship ceremony revoked over its plan to move Australia Day celebrations to January 28.

The City has divided opinion after announcing it would cancel its Australia Day fireworks and instead hold the “culturally-inclusive alternative” One Day in Fremantle two days later.

Tangney MHR Ben Morton said he sent a letter to the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Boarder Protection Alex Hawke with his concerns about the move.

“Freo council needs to pull its head in and focus on picking up the rubbish, fixing potholes and providing value to ratepayers,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“Their politically correct, backward looking decision to hold events on January 28 rather than celebrate Australia Day with the rest of our country on January 26 actually divides Australians and takes us further away from reconciliation.

“Having your citizenship conferred to you on Australia Day is very special; the actions of Freo Council will deny that very special occasion to our new citizens.

“I have written to the minister responsible for citizenship seeking assurances that new citizens will have the ability to receive their citizenship on our National Day, Australia Day, January 26 and not as part of a fake Freo celebration on the 28th.

“Specifically I have asked the minister to take action to prevent Fremantle council from legitimising its alternate event by including a citizenship ceremony.”

Mr Hawke is expected to write to the council next week.

City of Fremantle and Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson have been contacted for comment.