Integration is the way to go. Do you agree?

August 26, 2007 4:56pm CST
Under a draft law currently before parliament, people applying for Australian citizenship would have to pass an exam on Australian citizenship, values, history, government and culture. The exam would consist of 20 questions drawn from a pool of 200 possible questions based on information in the Becoming an Australian Citizen booklet. Mr Andrews said the test was an important part of the government's decision to place a greater emphasis on integrating new citizens into the community. "One of great achievements of Australia has been to balance two things, firstly the diversity of people who have come from more than 200 countries around the world and, secondly, the sense of integrating into one socially cohesive society," he said. "This is part of the government's emphasis that we continue to get that balance between diversity and integration correct in future, particularly as we now draw people from so many different countries and so many different cultures."
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• Australia
27 Aug 07
This is something i both agree and disagree on. I believe people coming into our country should know a bit about our country, as anyone who truely wants to become a citizen should atleast try to learn something about our culture. But i'm not sure an exam is the ideal way of doing so. I don't think i would even be able to pass it! But then again, what other way is there to screen people?