Minister Alex Hawke says Greens MPs will not be allowed to circumvent ban on holding citizenship cermonies

Darebin council has been stripped of the right to hold citizenship ceremonies less than 24 hours after voting to move its Australia Day celebrations and the assistant immigration minister, Alex Hawke, says Greens MPs will not be allowed to circumvent the ban.

The Melbourne MP Adam Bandt offered to hold citizenship ceremonies for Darebin’s neighbouring council, the City of Yarra, when that council voted last week against holding citizenship ceremonies on 26 January or using the term “Australia Day” in official correspondence.

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