Citizenship changes revealed: Fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values

Citizenship changes revealed: Fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values, by Simon Benson.

Prospective Australian citizens will need to have fluent English, four years of residency, Australian values, and a demonstrated capacity to integrate as part of an overhaul of the citizenship test announced by the Turnbull government this morning. …

“We’re not defined by race or religion or culture, as many other nations are,” he said.

“We’re defined by commitment to common values, political values, the rule of law, democracy, freedom, mutual respect, equality for men and women … and our citizenship process should reflect that.” …

New questions that would target religious extremism will be designed to demonstrate appreciation of Australian values, with potential questions to include whether the principle of religious freedom allowed for children to marry, genital mutilation, striking a spouse and prohibiting girls from school.

That would appear to rule out followers of Islam, which is an incompatible and totalitarian political ideology that also happens to be a religion.

Why did it take so long? Who was responsible for ever not having these criteria? Was Turnbull motivated by mass defections from the Liberal party to Australian Conservatives and One Nation?

hat-tip Stephen Neil