GOF has just been on a little taxpayer funded jaunt which requires some boring Parliamentary language to fully explain.
Australian Federal Parliamentary legislation passed in the House of Assembly on the 15th February 2010 effectively amended the Citizenship Act 1905, which will now require all citizens to periodically (at least once in each decade) renew their citizenship by attending public ceremonies to swear their allegiance to Australia.
Section 27 (Part B, Clause 15) of the Australian Patriotism Act 2010 states;
"Candidates for citizenship renewal shall, with effect from March 1 in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten, be required to assemble at an officially designated and Gazetted Public Place, hereinafter throughout this amendment referred to as A Public Place, for the purpose of swearing the Oath of Allegiance to Australia and the Monarch of the British Commonwealth, but only after the candidate has divested him, it, or herself of all distracting accoutrements."
Then, as an addendum to the revised Act;
"Pursuant to the powers vested in me under Section 17 of the Oaths and Allegiances Act 1973, I hereby declare the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House to be a Public Place for the aforementioned purposes of the Patriotism Act."
I was fortunate enough to be selected by electronic ballot, and had my airfares paid by the Government to attend this inaugural ceremony in Sydney.
You might just be able to see me in the picture. (bottom, below.)
The event concluded with our mediocre choral attempt to hum the National Anthem.
The words, which up until now had been either too multisyallabic or nauseatingly insipid for most Australians to be bothered learning them, have since been amended by Prime Ministerial Decree and in future they will appear on large karaoke screens at each venue.
"Australians get your gear off,
For we are nude and free….etc"
P.S. This has been a work of fiction.
It contains not even the slightest fragment of truth.
(except for the bit about me being too disinterested to learn the
words of the National Anthem)
The naked assembly outside the Sydney Opera House was all
done in the name of Spencer Tunick's "photographic art".