20 reasons NOT to be a citizen

So it is true, aspiring Australian citizens do have to answer some ‘mateship’ questions to ‘pass’ the Australian values test. To pass, one needs to score at least 12 out of 20.

I say bollocks.

It’s just another 20 reasons why many will be satisfied with a residency, as it provides almost the same benefits as a citizenship, but without the fucking jingoistic hogwash.

I find myself struggling to score 6 points, and I daresay lots of Australians do not know the answers to many of the questions.

*despairs* What hope is there for foreigners, when locals can’t even pass their own test!

Taken from The Age, here’s a list of 20 sample questions. Answers can be found here.


1. In what year did Federation take place?

2. Which day of the year is Australia Day?

3. Who was the first Prime Minister of Australia?

4. What is the first line of Australia’s national anthem?

5. What is the floral emblem of Australia?

6. What is the population of Australia?

7. In what city is the Parliament House of the Commonwealth Parliament located?

8. Who is the Queen’s representative in Australia?

9. How are Members of Parliament chosen?

10. Who do Members of Parliament represent?

11. After a federal election, who forms the new government?

12. What are the colours on the Australian flag?

13. Who is the head of the Australian Government?

14. What are the three levels of government in Australia?

15. In what year did the European settlement of Australia start?

16. Serving on a jury if required is a responsibility of Australian citizenship: true or false?

17. In Australia, everyone is free to practise the religion of their choice, or practise no religion: true of false?

18. To be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament you must be an Australian citizen: true or false?

19. As an Australian citizen, I have the right to register my baby born overseas as an Australian citizen: true or false?

20. Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required to enrol on the electoral register: true or false?

9 Comments so far

  1. tim (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    Authors of MB Melbourne,

    I take offence firstly at the language used in this, are you 14? Are you incapable of expressing yourself intelligently? Secondly, if it is that ridiculous to answer some general questions about the county you are seeking citizenship, I would like to hear what you would propose as appropriate?

  2. Lucio Dias Ribeiro (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    I think you’ve got a point, and I can understand you.
    Tim, Sorry mate, we hasn’t used any 14’s years old language, he’s expressed himself at the same way you’re doing here.
    More, he’s expressed intelligently yes.
    I’ve got a mixed opinion.
    I’ve come from Brazil, a beautiful country full of good things, but lacking sense of community.
    The reason I’ve moved to Australia is the chance to have a normal life without being afraid to lose my life at any corner being robbed by a junkie.
    Australia needs immigrants, good people is needed to keep growing this wonderful place. Patriotism is good (US has made themselves based on it), and the questionnaire should be forced trough people’s mind as mandatory for citizenship.
    If the government really wants, genuine wants to get immigrants to learn about Australia history and culture, want don’t do it at the english schools? Why don’t created books with easy access to the libraries?
    I tell you, I’ve been trying to find at the libraries a good book about Australian history that gives me the real history and not just facts, but it’s impossible to find.
    If you know any, please let me know I’ll be more than happy to buy it, and write about on my website.
    Bottom line is, the way the government is doing IN MY OPINION, it’s not the best way.
    Again, I agree with the concept but I strongly disagree with the method.
    Lucio Dias Ribeiro

  3. Lucio Dias Ribeiro (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    By the way, I’ve just asked more around 30 friends (all aussies) to get it answered and reply me the score.
    I’ll write it here.

  4. Alan (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

    I got 19 correct. They are not that hard to be honest. Not to mention all the true-or-false questions are in fact dead giveaways (true being the answer).

    adrock2xander, before you criticise the new citizenship test, do you know the CURRENT test requirement in a citizenship interview(1)?

    Yes there are already questions in place during current citizenship interview process, and have been for a long long time.

    I understand most people do not know that, and hence the new test can be seen as “controversial”, or “anti-immigrant”. But then again most people wouldn’t be as extreme as to calling the new test a “fucking jingoistic hogwash”.

    The current test during a citizenship interview includes:

    # assess whether you have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

    # assess whether you have a basic knowledge of the English language (if required).

    Now, I would argue that the current test, because its wording, is more difficult than the new test. When the interviewer asks you what are the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizen? Who would that voting is a privilege and not a responsible? Who would know that the requirement of being a jury if called is a responsibility of a citizen.

    You may argue the current test is not really a test as the interviewers generally inform you the answers if you didn’t know. The SAME can be said to the new test.

    Directly from the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship(2), this is what would happen if you “fail” the test:

    People would be able to take the citizenship test as many times as they need. A print-out of the test result would be provided to you, detailing the areas of the test where you have been unsuccessful. A number of Government funded English language services are also available to migrants. In addition, the Adult Migrant English Programme offers a citizenship course.

    The citizenship test, be it current or new, is designed to let the immigrant to know more about Australia, and not a deliberate, refusal to entry, as per White Australia era.

    Get your facts right before you criticise something, adrock2xander. And I would highly recommend you to do so before you call something a “fucking jingoistic hogwash”.

    (1) http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/application-process/interview.htm
    (2) http://www.citizenship.gov.au/test/qs_prospective.htm#whathappens

  5. Alan (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    I’ve been reading Metroblogging Melbourne for a long time, and have contributed by commenting if I had something to add. I’ve always noticed that adrock2xander has always be the whiging type. Perhaps one shouldn’t be surprised when his author profile reads: “he’s gona wash his car and water his plants with a hose. Stage 3 water restrictions can kiss his ass. If you still don’t agree with him, you can go fuck yourself.” and “[c]ontroversial, loud, rude and obnoxious, no topic is too taboo for adrock2xander.”

    That is not far from the truth actually. Out of the last nine blog entries including this one, seven entries in their entirety are dedicated to complaining against other people. They include, John Laws, dentists, family (two kids) having dinner, restaurant waiters, cabbies (Muslim), people who put up benches outside St. Paul Anglican Cathedral.

    Neighbours, tram driver (also Muslim) were not spared either. They featured in his earlier posts.

    One of the other two non-whiging entries is about a beautiful photo of St Kilda, but even then he has to have a go at the “two bus-stop like shelters”. The other blog entry is about Jennifer Hawkins.

    adrock2xander, I appreciates your contributions, but every time when I see your name appears after the words “posted by” on top of a blog entry, I’d be telling myself that it is yet another whiging post.

    Comparing to other authors, who constantly give us valuable information about this great city of Melbourne, your posts have been depressing to say at least.


  6. Bjorn (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    I honestly do not see what the big deal is, these questions are just a formality. As a Kiwi I don’t know half the answers but as these questions are publicly available it would be trivial to just memorise the answers. If English was your second language then it may be more difficult but perhaps that is the point. If you are ready to become an Australian citizen then I would hope your English is good enough to memorise these questions and answers.

    Adrock2xander please try to write some positive posts for a change.

  7. Katja (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    Those questions are actually quite a bit easier than some of the questions on the test for American citizenship. Of course, that test is only 10 questions, but those 10 questions come from 100 possible questions.

    I don’t see an issue with asking some simple questions about the country in which one is seeking citizenship… just like I see no issue in having to learn the language of the country in which one seeks to be a citizen.

  8. Gin (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    These are only the sample questions though, some of the others were a lot more difficult… I’m a reasonably informed citizen, and I don’t know who the hell crossed the Blue Mountains. Also, for those who complain about language, this is a blog, not a newspaper.

  9. colin (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

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