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Would you pass? Aussie citizenship test undergoes major change

Would you pass? Aussie citizenship test undergoes major change

The Australian citizenship test will be updated for the first time in over a decade to include a section on Australian values.

The new test will have questions such as: “Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?” and “In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?”

There will also be some more confronting questions such as whether it is acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him. Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said he wanted would-be citizens to have a better understanding of the country’s values before they were declared an Australian.

“The updated citizenship test will have new and more meaningful questions that require potential citizens to understand and commit to our values like freedom of speech, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, the importance of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.

“We are asking those who apply for citizenship to understand our values more deeply before they make the ultimate commitment to our nation.”

The updated citizenship test will have 20-multiple choice questions, including five on Aussie values.

Those taking the test will be required to correctly answer all five questions on Australian values, and have a mark of at least 75 per cent to pass.

Questions from the updated citizenship test

• Why is it important that all Australian citizens vote to elect the state and federal parliament?

• Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?

• In Australia, can you encourage violence against a person or group of people if you have been insulted?

• Should people tolerate one another where they find that they disagree?

• In Australia, are people free to choose who they marry or not marry?

• In Australia, is it acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him?

• In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?

• Do you agree that men and women should be provided equality of opportunity when pursuing their goals and interests?

• Should people’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression be respected in Australia?