Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton. MICK TSIKAS

Proposed citizenship test is absurd

THE divisive proposal to require applicants for citizenship to have a university level of proficiency in English should be rejected.

Australia coped very well in the past waves of migration from non-English speaking countries without requiring absurd tests of English proficiency.

There must be a great many people living on the Coast whose families contain people who arrived here as migrants with little English yet who went on to contribute a lot as citizens.

My wife's family arrived in Nambour in the early 1950s with very little English, developed a farm through hard work and became citizens (subjects actually in those days) without having to pass some language test.

My wife started Grade 1 in Nambour speaking almost no English, yet went on to spend many years teaching at Nambour Primary.

Peter Dutton would tell you these people should not have become citizens.

The Dutton proposals are insulting and offensive and are intended purely as a divisive tactic.

CLIVE NEWTON

Nambour

 

Do you think the new citizenship tests should require people to have a uni level of English literacy?

This poll ended on 03 July 2017.

Current Results

Yes - how else can you get by in a country without speaking the language?

0%

No - it wasn't a problem for generations before, so why now?

70%

University levels of literacy is a bit high. Maybe just fluent or Year 7 level instead?

30%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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