An Aussie Pom

25 February 2008

I received a letter last week advising me that “the Australian Government and People  welcome you as a new citizen”.  All I need to do is take the Pledge at the next available Citizenship Ceremony, and I’ll be able to have all those benefits that are promised to Australian citizens – a vote, an Aussie passport etc.  And all those responsibilities, like being called upon to defend my country.  Though I hope Australia never gets into such a state that they’re relying on me to take up arms to defend the country from ravaging hordes.   

Among my friends, the main comment is that they weren’t consulted.  And the second comment is “What kind of tree are you going to get?”.     There’s a lot of publicity here about new citizens being given an Australian tree to plant in their gardens but I’ve never met anyone who’s received one.  A friend of mine was asked to choose from a list of trees, but didn’t actually get sent one.  Another friend was given a pen.  I’ll let you know what I get when the time arrives (some time in the next two months I believe).

And what happens to my blog?  Should I rename it?  “Oz Oz”?  Or “Oz Pom”? 

Another friend pointed out that I may become an Aussie citizen, but I’ll always be a Pom to her!  




  1. Congratulations!

  2. That’s what I need to do this year too. It feels right now.

  3. Congratulations – go, Aussie, go!

    My students got Australian native shrubs – grevilleas I believe! And yes, they are real.

  4. I think it would be worth starting a war (well, a minor skirmish) just to see my sister defending you all with a pair of size 10 needles and a ball of 8 ply…

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