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Sign the petition to replace the Citizenship Test with a face-to-face interview

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:08 AM
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Sign the petition to replace the Citizenship Test with a face-to-face interview

Could you or your ESL neighbour read, comprehend and answer this question;

What is the name given to the party or coalition of parties with the second highest number of members in the House of Representatives?

By law people should not be discriminated against in their quest to become Australian citizens because they do not have high English literacy skills. According to Linguist Tim McNamara those with basic English skills would not pass the test because it requires high English proficiency. Numbers of applicants have more than halved in the last quarter out of fear of failure and deportation. Moreover, the test examines computer skills, high literacy levels and the inner workings of all levels of government rather than values and desires to contribute to Australian life.

The above question is at year 9 literacy standard - not basic level. We call for a change in tactic. One that stops disadvantaging certain ethnic groups. Replace the written test with a face-to-face test to ascertain true English communication skills through questions regarding value systems and life in Australia. As Australians we should demand all people are given a fair go - something applicants are made to study but not experience until they become citizens.

A written, multiple-choice, high-level literacy test does not inform immigration of intent or motives in becoming an Australian citizen. Each applicant should be afforded the opportunity to verbalise their ideas and plans for their future in this country and each Australian should be provided the peace of mind that each new Australian citizen has been assessed fairly and thoroughly.

It has always been in Australia's best interests to invite migrants to become citizens. With figures dropping from 30,000 to just 9,000 in 3 months it shows a threat of serious disengagement - pushing ethnic communities deeper into enclaves. Separation is not in the country's best interests. Australia has been held as a model for multiculturalism to the rest of the world because of its success in social and economic inclusion of everyone. These new numbers threaten separation, higher unemployment and frustration as seen in some European countries recently.

Politicians have lobbied in the past to scrap the test because they know how disadvantageous it is to applicants and the economy of Australia. Scrap what is a loop-hole akin to the White Australia policy. Replace the Australian Citizenship test with a face-to-face interview now!

See if you can answer the following question:
Which arm of the government has the power to interpret and apply laws?
Is it Judicial, Executive or Parliamentary?

Now answer it in 'basic' Spanish.
¿La parte del Gobierno tiene el poder de interpretar y aplicar las leyes?

Sign the petition to Mr. Chris Bowen MP and let him know how discriminatory this test is.

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:35 AM
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In my opinion an absolute waste of time and bandwidth on a minor and irrelevant issue.

All the questions in the test come from a tiny booklet. And if you committed to come to Australia you are committing to learn local language. The questions are basic and simple and if you bothered to read the document you wouldn't find it hard at all! The "discrimination" card is so abused lately it makes me sick!

You wouldn't expect Spanish to administer their country in anything but Español? Why should I expect something else from Australia? Every country has values and standards which people have to adhere to. Be that in China, Russian or the Holy Land! Being slack and not reading the small booklet is one thing, using the discrimination card is another thing.

Don't people have something more important to do? In my opinion, Volunteering in an orphanage probably be of a more use to the society than this.

And wouldn't a face-to-face interview be MORE discriminating? I remember that was the procedure during "White Australia" policy. Honestly.......useless waste of time in fixing what already works perfectly well.

And saying people fear deportation due to citizenship test failure is preposterous !

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

We are told to remember the idea, not the man. Because a man can fail. He can be killed and forgotten. But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world.

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Old 04-08-2012, 03:57 AM
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I am definitely supporting the idea of computer citizenship test. I went through it myself and it is really simple when you speak English and have a bit of understanding in Australia as a country and not just want citizenship to give you eligibility to receive some government payments. And yes - we speak English in Australia and this is primary language here. All other languages are less popular. So there is no discrimination in requiring Australian citizens to speak and understand English. Moreover, if we want to limit cultural differentiation due to language problem, we need to require citizens to speak English. This refers to all speakers - Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Hindu, East European and other.

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:25 AM
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I agree that there should be a personal interview, but for all the different reasons. The current computerized test is way too easy. the manual is just 20 pages of text. It's a mere formality. If you read the manual, you can answer the question "What is the name given to the party or coalition of parties with the second highest number of members in the House of Representatives?", (answer: Opposition),- in no time. But there SHOULD be a personal interview AFTER the test. "Whose laws have priority, God's or Parliament's?" - could be one of the questions.

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