Addressing Council Chambers on Monday night, Ms Gibson proposed a return to larger ceremonial gatherings, saying guests and family were missing out on the important occasion after it was moved to a smaller space.
“I would ask the Mayor to make sure that at the next citizenship ceremony we sing our National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair … I think it’s what our residents would expect, and this is a very special day for these new residents,” she said.
Councillor James Spenceley, who voted in favour of the motion, told Mosman Collective he couldn’t “fathom” Council’s decision.
“I simply can’t fathom who can’t support the singing of the National Anthem at a citizenship ceremony,” he said.
“It’s such a special day for our new Australians and such a special thing to sing your National Anthem for the first time.
“Why would we not want to make their day just a little more special?”
North Sydney Councillor James Spenceley describes the move as absurd.