Massive changes in citizenship tests with aspiring Aussies to be asked about ‘camaraderie’, a ‘fair go’ – and whether it’s acceptable for men to hit their wives
- Australia’s citizenship test will undergo a major overhaul starting November 15
- The new test includes questions about Australian values for the first time
- It includes questions about same-sex marriage, domestic violence and polygamy
The Australian Citizenship Test will be revised to force respondents to study values such as ‘camaraderie’, ‘going honest’ – which is not acceptable for men to attack their wives.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge will unveil the changes to the content of the test on Thursday as part of Australian Citizenship Day.
The new test will also include questions about polygamy, same-sex marriage and racial abuse laws.
Major new changes to the Australian Citizenship Test will leave respondents with questions about core values such as ‘camaraderie’ and ‘going honest’ (pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg bump elbows in a show of camaraderie in parliament)
Until now, aspiring Australians only needed to study the ‘Living in Australia’ booklet, pass the test and then sign the Australian Declaration of Values.
Starting in November, a section on Australian values will be added to the booklet – and for the first time, the test will ask questions about those values.
Five of the new test’s 20 multiple-choice questions are about “ values ” – and respondents must answer all five correctly to pass, the Courier mail.
They will include ‘people are free to choose who to marry’, ‘if people in Australia learn English’ – and ‘it is acceptable for a man to hurt his wife psychologically if she disrespects him’.
The booklet also includes advice on camaraderie and a ‘fair go’.
It explains the ‘strong tradition of’ camaraderie ‘in Australia’ where people volunteer to help others’.
Apsiring Australians will face a new challenge from November 15 with changes to the Australian Citizenship test (Photo: Bondi Beach is packed with revelers celebrating Australia Day in January 2020)
‘A partner is often a friend, but can also be a spouse, partner, brother, sister, daughter or son. A partner can also be a total stranger, ”the booklet reads.
The booklet will also emphasize compliance with the rules, including the guideline to ‘follow the law even when no one is looking. ‘
Advice on religion is intended to demonstrate that there is no official religion in Australia and that religious teachings do not dictate the law.
Attempts to include Australian values in the citizenship test were rejected in 2017 due to an attempt to include an English language test
Minister Tudge said it will be a vital new way to integrate new Australians into the community.
‘Our Australian values are important. They helped shape our country and they are the reason so many people want to become Australian citizens, ”he said.
“We ask those applying for citizenship to understand our values more deeply before making the ultimate commitment to our nation.”
The changes mark the first major restructuring of the citizenship test in more than a decade.
Attempts to include Australian values in the citizenship test were rejected in 2017 due to an attempt to include an English language test.
Examples of value-based questions in the new citizenship test
Do people in Australia have to make an effort to learn English?
Is It Acceptable To Hit Your Partner?
Is it okay to ban girls from education?
Are people free to choose who to marry?
Can you encourage violence against a person or group of people if you have been offended?
Do religious laws take precedence over Australian laws?