Australia on 20 April revealed that it will introduce ‘Australian values’ test to aspiring citizens, besides a tougher English test.
Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, was quoted by the Agence France Presse as saying that theirs was a remarkable nation which was not defined by race, culture or religion, unlike many others.
Talking to reporters, he said that what distinguished Australia was gender equality, commitment to democracy, freedom and support to common and political values.
As these essential values make them Australian, their citizenship process should demonstrate that, he said.
Turnbull said that this was the reason they were adding changes to make citizenship tougher, which would make for a stronger Australia.
Another change that has been brought in will need people applying for citizenship to be permanent residents for four years as against one year currently.
In addition, they will have to showcase a job record and how well they have assimilated into the local community. Changes to the citizenship law will be tabled in parliament soon.
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