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Oz PM: Speak English and respect our values!

Longer waiting periods, "Australian values" and good English could soon become neccessary requirements for Australia's immigrants.

Published: April 21, 2017, 12:03 pm

    Canberra

    Basic English would no longer be enough to become an Australian citizen, with a new test to be rolled out soon by the Australian government.

    “We’re standing up for Australian values and the parliament should do so too,” prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

    Applicants would now need a minimum level 6.0 equivalent of the International English Language Testing System, and applicants may only be eligible for citizenship after waiting four years as a permanent resident, up from one year, Reuters reported.

    “What we are doing is strengthening our multicultural society and strengthening our values,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra. “Australian citizenship should be honored, cherished. It’s a privilege.

    “I reckon if we went out today and said to Australians, ‘Do you think you could become an Australian citizen without being able to speak English?’ They’d say, ‘You’re kidding.’ Surely you’d have to be able to speak English.”

    Turnbull said because the current immigration process was mainly “administrative” it was not adequate to judge whether a person would accept “Australian values”. The current citizenship multiple-choice questionnaire tests a person’s knowledge of Australian laws, national symbols and colors of the Aboriginal flag. “If we believe that respect for women and children and saying no to violence…is an Australian value, and it is, then why should that not be made a key part, a fundamental part, a very prominent part, of our process to be an Australian citizen? Why should the test simply be a checklist of civic questions?”

    The new test will include questions about how dedicated parents are towards their child’s education, and whether becoming part of a gang would count as an Australian value. Migrants could also be asked whether they support female genital mutilation and forced marriages.

    In the same week, Turnbull announced scrapping a temporary work visa for foreigners and replacing it with a tougher “Australia First” policy.

    The new citizenship requirements are expected to be passed with the backing of right-leaning senators in parliament. Turnbull’s party is losing votes to nationalist, anti-immigration parties such as One Nation.

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    • Australian White Goy

      Sorry, but I disagree with this farcical requirement of English-language proficiency as a requirement for Australian citizenship.

      It is a downright variant of civic nationalism cuckoldry.

      How would this apply to White/European non-English speaking groups who rightfully deserve to migrate here despite not being exactly fluent in English. I am thinking here of groups such as the South African Boers/Afrikaners, for example.

      Or those in the Russian-Ukrainian civil war.

      Ethno-nationalism and a return to the White Australia Policy, as well as greater emphasis on POPULATE OR PERISH!! is what is needed.

      But I don’t hold out any hope of this happening with our cucked politicians. Sadly the West needs to wake up to the fact White Genocide is REAL.

      Being proficient in English is no big deal considering it is basically the lingua franca internationally. There are many NON-WHITE/EUROPEANS who can easily swamp Australia (and other English-speaking countries, including the UK) – and are swamping them. There are too many Chinese and Indians as it is here, not to mention in England.

      No. This is bad policy. Sorry, I disagree with it.

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