Every Australia Day I attend the Yarra Ranges Council Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony. While Australia Day is undoubtedly a special day for all Aussies, it holds a particularly special place in my heart as I can identify with the enthusiasm each citizenship candidate is feeling as they accept their certificate.
Born in England and arriving in Australia in 1967, I can still recall how grateful I felt to be accepted by this magnificent country as one of their own. The happy people, the clean environment and the fantastic weather were some of the drawcards. What may surprise some though is that the other major drawcard was Australia’s political system. Despite the fact we may disagree about how to handle issues from time to time, Australia’s system is perhaps the fairest and most democratic in the world.
I hope that each of you enjoyed your Australia Day and while throwing some lamb on the barbie, had a moment to reflect on just how lucky we truly are.