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Record number of new citizens for this Australia Day

A RECORD number of people will become Australian citizens at ceremonies around the country today.

More than 17,000 people from 145 countries will take part in 430 Australia Day citizenship ceremonies across the nation.

In Queensland, almost 5000 new citizens from 121 countries - the highest number in the nation - will pledge their allegiance to Australia.

There will be 82 special citizenship ceremonies around Queensland on Australia Day, from the nation's largest at Brisbane City Council with about 1200 conferees, all the way north to Thursday Island where four people from four different nationalities will become new Australians in a small ceremony in the Torres Strait.

Numerous Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast ceremonies are being staged, together with ceremonies dotted all across the state including in Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

In the state's far north-west, even Mt Isa is getting into the spirit of the day with a small ceremony being staged.

New South Wales will welcome almost 3800 new citizens from 113 countries as the state celebrates Australia Day with 115 special citizenship ceremonies.

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