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Fears Of Terrorism Force Changes In Immigration And Naturalization Qualifiers

Contemporary Australia is in the midst of a period of immigration reform. Changes have recently been made to Australia’s citizenship test and foreign Visa system after heightened fears of terrorism and the increasingly popular view that immigration threatens the Australian way of life. The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, talked with the Australian media about the changes to the citizenship test, saying: “Australian citizenship should be honoured, cherished. It is a privilege.” Changes have been made to the content of the test alongside it’s passing and eligibility criteria.

Specifically, foreigners who want to become Australian citizens must satisfy the following conditions: have lived in Australia for the last four years, have a proficiency in speaking, writing, and understanding the English language. They must also demonstrate a willingness to integrate into the local community and uphold Australian values. Several semantic changes to the test have been made, including a greater focus on criminal backgrounds, cheating on the test, and incompatible values.

Prime Minister Turnbull explained that certain questions in the test would reflect the concerns of the Australian people, identifying people who were unconcerned by contemporary socio-cultural issues, including genital mutilation, polygamy, sexism and domestic violence. Prime Minister Turnbull has categorically denied that these questions are aimed at identifying members of a specific religious background.

Internationally and domestically, Prime Minister Turnbull has attracted a lot of support for the changes. However, the reform has not been without its detractors. A spokeswoman for the opposing Labor Party, Penny Wong, made headlines after criticizing several of the changes, saying: “If English grammar is the test there might be a few members of parliament who might struggle.” Following Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement, several minority political groups have taken credit for the changes. The leader of the nationalist, right-wing One Nation Party, Pauline Hanson, drew widespread condemnation after saying “Looks like Malcolm Turnbull has been reading One Nation 2016 campaign flyers for inspiration. Should I get a speech writing credit?”

Source: Mail Online
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