Geraldton mayor bucks PM’s Oz Day boardies ban

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
VideoScott Morrison wants new Australians to dress appropriately for citizenship ceremonies

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn is urging the Prime Minister to rethink a ban on board shorts, thongs and singlets at Australian citizenship ceremonies.

On Sunday the Federal Government announced changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, forcing councils to hold ceremonies on Australia Day.

The revision, which will be introduced in 2020, will also implement a strict dress code that stops new citizens from wearing board shorts, thongs and singlets.

Mr Van Styn said the City would continue to host citizenship ceremonies on January 26 “with great pride” but would not prevent people from becoming a citizen based on what they’re wearing.

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Earlier this morning Mr Van Styn started an online petition to reverse the ban, which already has close to 100 signatures.

Full story in tomorrow’s print edition of The Geraldton Guardian.

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