The test to become an Australian citizen becomes more difficult, with migrants to be quizzed on their commitment to Australian values to weed out terrorists and criminals. Applicants will be required to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years (up from one year) and will only be allowed to fail the citizenship test three times.
(At present, there is no limit to the number of times a person can fail the test.) Some of the new questions include: “Can you strike your spouse in the privacy of your home?” and “Under what circumstances is it appropriate to prohibit girls from education?” “Membership of the Australian family is a privilege and should be afforded to those who support our values, respect our laws and want to work hard by integrating and contributing to an even better Australia,” the Australian Prime Minister said. Applicants must show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community (evidence of employment, membership of community organizations, school enrolment for all eligible children). “We want people who abide by our laws and our values, and we should expect nothing less,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.