Wednesday, 3 May 2017



Dear all,

I have started a petition on to protest a proposal by the Turnbull Government to increase the English language test for citizenship. The new standard echoes the White Australia policy by making it very hard for non-Europeans to reach. It is higher than university standard writing, reading, speaking and understanding and much higher than requirements in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. It will disproportionately affect refugees and effectively bar a substantial number of permanent residents from ever becoming citizens, meaning they won't be able to vote, get a passport or stand for public office. Please sign the petition and share it with your networks.
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Under the White Australia policy, non-European immigration was restricted by a fifty-word dictation test almost impossible to pass. The proposed increased English standard for Australian citizenship outlined by yourself and Peter Dutton  echoes this and is grossly unfair: The standard of writing,...

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