Colour Pledge Poster which has the text of the Australian Citizenship pledge. It was issued by The Department of Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Canberra in 2004. It emphasises the need for Australian citizens to have a shared vision and commitment to the future of Australia, and highlights the common values and aspirations of Australian citizens. It represents the continued desire to encourage migrants to take out citizenship as well as a new trend towards affirmation - existing citizens reaffirming their national allegiances.
'Australian citizenship pledge' poster, featuring a full-colour collage of Australian states' flora and fauna, with the text of the citizenship pledge at the centre.
Issued by the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in 2004. Some of the documents are part of the 'Living in Harmony' initiative; others are part of a strategy to encourage immigrants to become Australian citizens. The documents add to a developing collection of material relating to Australian citizenship and political notions of social cohesion and cultural identity.
The focus of the Living in Harmony initiative is Harmony Day, held each year on 21 March since 1999. The day promotes the notion of Australia as a multicultural society, provides an opportunity for commitment to respect and understanding between Australians of all backgrounds and encourages the rejection of racism. The Living in Harmony initiative also provides a community grants program and a community partnership program - refer http://www.immi.gov.au/multicultural/harmony/index.htm. The grants are targeted at interfaith, youth, media and arts and sport. In 2004, priority target areas are innovative projects aimed at the genuine and important needs of older Australians, Australians living in rural and regional areas, Australian women, with particular emphasis on Muslim women and Indigenous Australians. The Living in Harmony documents contribute to the record of the post-war political shift from the idea of assimilation to that of multiculturalism.
The citizenship documents provide contemporary information about a process of naturalization that was in effect in the Colonies as early as the 1850s. After World War II annual citizenship conventions discussed issues surrounding citizenship and population in the context of mass migration programs. The debate continues today. The proposed documents represent on-going attempt to encourage migrants to take out citizenship as well as a new trend towards affirmation - existing citizens reaffirming their national allegiances. This may be interpreted within a current environment of national security fears and a desire to engender a politcally inspired national unity. Like the community movements of the 1950s (such as the Good Neighbour movement), there is also a desire to encourage participation and initiatives at a community level with the calls for community citizenship and affirmation events.
Collected from Department of Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Ms Deborah Tout-Smith - Museum Victoria, 20/04/2004
Place & Date Used
Australian Citizenship Pledge / From this time forward, under God, / I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, / whose democratic beliefs I share, / whose rights and liberties I respect, and / whose laws I will uphold and obey. / *A person may choose to make the Pledge with or without the words "under God"
Type of item
Paper - unfolded
84 (Length), 29.7 (Width)