Sorry, women-haters. Looks like you’re a few steps farther from gaining your citizenship to Australia.
While Australia’s previous citizenship test focused on Australian history and politicsand gave applicants unlimited chances to pass, under its new test, applicants with a history of domestic violence are barred from citizenship, while qualified applicants have three chances to pass. Examples of these questions include:
- Under what circumstances is it appropriate to prohibit girls from education?
- While it is illegal to use violence in public, under what circumstances can you strike your spouse in the privacy of your own home?
- Does Australias principle of freedom of religion mean that it is permissible to force children to marry?
- In Australias multicultural society, under which circumstances is it permissible to cut female genitals?
Additionally, applicants must have lived in the country for four years, opposed to the currentrequirement of one year, and must speak fluent Englishthe exam will only be offered in that language.
Accordingto the Australian Bureau of Statistics, however, 28.5percent of Australia’s 6.9 million residentsare foreign-born, bringing into question the targeted intent of these anti-misogynist questions. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has deniedspeculations that these questions appear aimed at any group, particularly Muslim immigrants amid concerns of religious extremism, saying 99 percent of Australia’s Muslims are law-abiding citizens who find domestic violence “abhorrent.”
“What I want is, frankly, for people to abide by our laws, adopt our values, I want them to send their kids to school, if theyre of working age and have an ability to work, I want them working, not on welfare,” Dutton said on Australia’s Channel Seven programSunrise, according to Australian website news.com.au. “I want people to become great Australians, which is the migrant story of our country.”
“They are pointed at people who might think that domestic violence is OKwell, its not,Dutton continued. “If you have a different view, frankly we dont you want you to become an Australian citizen.”
Additionally,Australian Federation of Islamic Councils President Keysar Trad told news.com.au that he doesn’t think the questions target Muslims, but said they weren’tbeneficial for actual citizenship purposes and just “pander” to voters of Sen. Pauline Hanson, who has said disparaging things against Islam.In January, Hanson suggested that the citizenship test include additional checks, calling the old questions “stupid” and “childish.”
“I want to know that theyve got money in the bank, I want to know where theyre going to live, have they got a roof over their head or are we going to have to provide that for them,” Hanson said on Channel Seven at the time. “I want to know if theyve got their own health insurance, I want to know if theyve got a police check … We have to check these people. We are fools, we are being taken for mugs in this country.”
H/T Yahoo7 News