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Australia has unveiled details of a new citizenship test for immigrants.

They will be asked questions about history, institutions and culture - as well as committing to Australian social values focusing on "mateship".

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Critics believe the requirement of an English language exam discriminates against non-English speakers.

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The prospective citizen will have to give a correct answer to 12 out of 20 questions - drawn from a total of about 200.

Some elements will almost certainly be beyond the knowledge of many ordinary Australians, says the BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney.

They include knowing the country's first prime minister or when European settlers arrived in Australia - or what the opening line of the national anthem is. Another one could be related to the nation's most important horse race.

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For the first time, the draft guide lists 10 essential Australian values every citizen must embrace - focusing on "mateship and a fair go" and including tolerance, compassion, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and secular government, equality of men and women and peacefulness."


Yes, because nothing quite says tolerance, compassion, freedom of speech, religion, government and equality for all like refusing someone citizenship cause they can't tell you what's important about a fucking horse race.

In english, no less.

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scarlet_arts
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Imagine how worried I am about my boyfriend sitting this test a couple of years from now.

He only speaks American :(
elenuial
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
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What does "mateship" mean, anyways?
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bluetyson
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Barry Jones etc. notwithstanding, a fair chunk of parliament likely flunks this.
benpeek
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
yeah. truthfully, i reckon i'd fail it. i can't remember australia's first pm off the top of my head.
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 26th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Not that the fact that most Australians would fail hands down is even remotely part of the issue - how, but how, does spouting obscure facts describe a personality? I'm sure quite a few of those nasty freedom fighters know their histoyr.

Oh, and case your looking for a way to remember Oz's floral emblem, Monty Python always comes through:

'This here is the wattle,
the emlem of our land.
You can stick it in a bottle
or you can hold it in your hand."

Agnes
benpeek
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
we can only hope the wattle song is in the test.
ex_chrisbil
Aug. 26th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure I agree with you on the language thing (a fair requirement, in my opinion, although probably the only one on the list) but I'm with you on the rest.

Geez, I really want to move to Australia, too!
benpeek
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
i dunno. personally, i don't see what speaking english has to do with being australian. sure, it's the main language here, but that doesn't stop you from learning this stuff in chinese or swedish or whatever.

also, pretty much every other government document i've ever seen comes with the mutiple language choices.
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ataxi
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
We can hope Rudd will get rid of this farce if elected, or at least change it to something a bit less bullshit-ridden.

But what's a citizenship test ever going to be other than a test of how well you can learn your script, smile politely and tell them what they want to hear? In itself, an excellent assessment of how well you'll fit into the Australian workforce.
benpeek
Aug. 26th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
yeah, you're right: the citizenship test is nothing but smile, nod, and learn the countries propaganda... but that whole mateship thing really shits me. blah. anyhow, as for rudd, i don't see him as being any different to howard and his lot. not much'll change if he gets in, imo.
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ohilya
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
In a wholehearted attempt to curb any problems and try to help out would-be immigrants (like myself! Awesome!), I'd suggest that each and every would-be taker of this test read Robert Hughes' 'The Fatal Shore.'

(Horse races? Humans are so odd)
benpeek
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
hughes fatal shore is actually pretty cool. also of interest is the tim flannery stuff--i think he did a melbourne one recently, but his sydney one is neat.

where you from originally?
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ohilya
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I point to Hughes when telling people what they ought to read to learn about Oz.

And my family was kicked out of the Soviet Union back in '83. Landed in the US, and we recently moved back home to Moscow. I moved to Australia.

Go figure.

Oh man, identity crisis! What is art, who am I? Ohhhh!
ohilya
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, I decided to go and see what kind of citizenship tests are used (if at all) in the other three countries in which I've lived. For your interests:

Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/ENGLISH/resources/publications/look/look-22.asp

Russia: http://compatriot.su/citizenship/advice/78.html

US: http://usgovinfo.about.com/blinstst.htm

Interesting point here being that the Russian one doesn't ask would-be residents to know a thing about Russia. Can you provide a certified document stating that you have some kind of educational history (i.e.: high school diploma)? Can you provide a document showing that you've taken a legitimate and certified exam of the Russian language? Could you pass a Russian language exam if needed again? If so, welcome.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
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