NOTE 2018: On Mr Potato Head’s latest frolic see Peter Martin and Benjamin Miller. Oh, and we no longer have a dedicated Immigration Department in Australia. Did you know that? Instead we have this gargantuan thing.
Seems Malcolm Turnbull is these days Mr Potato Head’s glove puppet when it comes to citizenship and “Aussie Values”….
Some say this could be our next Prime Minister and most agree Malcolm Turnbull is getting more and more desperate to hang onto leadership. The issue being dragged back into the spotlight is this: New citizenship test: Here’s what is changing. I agree wholeheartedly with Jonathan Green:
I remember a time when a key Australian value was abhorrence for the pompous, self righteous, sanctimonious expression of national values.
And haven’t we been down this track before! Back in the day I posted: When asses rule…, Migrants to sit English test, That idiotic citizenship “test”, Government careers down path of superficial idiocy on citizenship test, Citizenship and human rights and That de facto English test: scrap it, or admit what it really is! I also posted in May 2007 Ninglun’s Dinkum Aussie test, mate!
Since the sample citizenship test is such a travesty, let’s get real. The government, for a fee, may use this test any time they like. They can even employ me to generate thousands of similar questions.
1. The best blogger in Australia is
C) Jim Belshaw
D) Marcel Proust
2. When you see a shark while swimming in a Blue Mountains creek you should
A) be very surprised
B) report it to the police
C) eat it
D) report yourself for environmental vandalism
3. Bushwalkers should beware of
C) hoop snakes
D) all of the above
4. A popular Australian pastime is
B) getting pissed
C) horse racing
D) listening to Radio National
5. The ABC is
B) very biased
C) very very biased
D) far too biased
6. Australia’s greatest Prime Minister is
A) John Howard
B) John Howard
C) John Howard
D) John Winston Howard
7. The Liberal Party is
A) the obvious choice to lead Australia
B) the best choice to lead Australia
C) the only choice to lead Australia
D) the party you should join tomorrow
8. Labor are
A) in thrall to the trade union movement
B) not to be trusted
C) getting too bloody cocky
D) all of the above
9. Work Choices
A) never existed
B) was a good idea at the time
C) is far better than anything in your home country
D) is a close relative of the hoop snake
10. When watching the cricket you should
A) avoid snoring
B) close your eyes and think of England
C) look for a bookie
D) wear a silly wig
Any suggested questions?
The real thing (current version) may be practised here. Apparently changes under consideration are as follows:
A new citizenship test, besides assessing their commitment to Australia, their attitudes towards gender equality and whether they have assimilated with the Australian social values, will also test their English proficiency by including a reading, writing and listening test.
If an applicant fails the test three times, they will have to wait for two years before they are allowed to attempt the test again.
Those seeking Australian citizenship will have to demonstrate that they have integrated into the Australian society by way of joining clubs, employment and enrolling their children in schools.
The new test includes questions on domestic violence, genital mutilation and child marriage but the government denies the test is targeted at the Muslim community…
The Revenant of Oz has quite rightly claimed credit.
In my opinion all that is really needed is that we ensure by education that all Australian citizens take their pledge seriously. It really says it all. (Of course being descended from a family that goes back in Australia to at least the 1820s I have never been called upon to make this pledge. Obviously I would if I could…)
From this time forward
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.