Last week our Publisher and founder Mia Freedman addressed a Citizenship Ceremony in Sydney. She spoke with forty of Australia’s newest citizens and their loved ones, as they celebrated formally becoming part of our country
This is what she said……
By MIA FREEDMAN
It is customary on significant occasions like this one, to open with a quote from an influential figure in history. Someone whose eloquent phrasing and carefully chosen words bring a sense of gravitas that mine alone could not.
One might quote a Prime Minister, or a President, a statesman, a freedom fighter, a great philosopher or outstanding historian.
Well, I’m a working mum of three kids and I honestly don’t have time to read Aristotle at the moment. I’m also a writer and an editor – so I know a decent phrase when I hear one.
So I’m going to quote Harry Potter instead.
There is a wonderful scene in the first of JK Rowling’s famous series of children’s books, where Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter’s teacher, says to him:
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
And he was right.
Today, each of you has made a choice.
And unlike myself and Malcolm and others gathered here today – who were born as citizens of this great country – you have made a conscious choice to become an Australian.
And that choice is a very powerful thing indeed.
In making that choice you tell us – your fellow Australians – and you tell the world, who you truly are.