Australian Federal Government Considering Changes to Citizenship Test

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Australian federal government is considering a plan to replace the Howard government citizenship test with questions that aim to put a stop to people rorting the system.

Questions currently based on civics and citizenship, the system of government, national flag and historical events.  The considered changes would reportedly see a move toward more involvement in employment, education of children and whether or not family members are English-speaking. Early-stage meetings were held during the week, headed up by immigration minister Peter Dutton.

The reformed test is aiming to stop radical migrants and extremism, citing a senior government source who said there was a flow of people coming into the nation.

The current citizenship test was put in place by the Howard government in 2006.

After initially taking a mouthful of abuse, then Prime Minister John Howard publicly defended it by saying it was “not designed in any way to keep some people out and encourage others to come in”.

“This is about cohesion and integration, it’s not about discrimination and exclusion,” he said at the time.