Citizenship test to get a major overhaul: reports


Extremists and radical migrants will be prevented from becoming Australian citizens in planned changes to visa laws, according to media reports.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has held talks at Parliament House this week to reform Australia's citizenship test, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The changes are reportedly aimed at identifying extremists and welfare-dependent migrants by asking questions on whether they have integrated into an Australian way of life and have adopted the country's values.

If successful, the changes will prevent these types of migrants from becoming citizens.

The move is a major departure from the multiple choice questionnaire and values statement introduced by John Howard in 2006, where migrants were asked questions on the Australian system of government, laws and democratic beliefs.

The Daily Telegraph reports the new questions will focus on employment history, capacity to speak English and school attendance. 

More to come.




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