If I decide to become a fully fledged Aussie some time in the future, I may have to take a Citizenship Test if El Presidente Howard has his way.
This is all red flag code for shoring up white Australian support and anti muslim sentiment running into the next election.
Australia is a highly successful multicultural society with more than 6 million migrants since World War II successfully integrating generations of migrants into the community. The citizenship requirements of two years' permanent residence, basic English and a public pledge to Australia and its laws and democracy seem to have worked well.
The test will be 30 multiple-choice questions drawn from up to 200 possible questions, with subjects including:
■Core civic values and responsibilities of citizenship.
Undying support for Aussie Sports Teams
Loving to beat the Poms at Cricket
The Right to Slip Slap Slop
The Right to play football with a Rugby Ball
The Right to own and use Vegemite
Making sure children wear a hat in the sun
Compulsory voting on Australian Idol
Defining mateship to a new Sudanese refugee.
Knowing the names of the Bananas in Pyjamas
■Australian settlement and reconciliation with indigenous Australians.
How the white man came to Australia, stole the native Australians land and never having to say that you are sorry.
■Australia's system of government, including the three elements of federal Parliament: the Queen and her representative, the Governor-General; the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Australias system of government united under one God the Liberal Party under the leadership of his Excellency John Howard.
■How laws are made and administered and the rights of citizens.John Howard decrees and so it came to be.
The right to drink beer
The right to watch and play cricket, footy...
The right to own and operate a barbie
The right to wear thongs.....
The right to get skin cancer
I'm off to to the pub to start studying now.
My question is how many Australians would do well in this test and if they fail, are they tossed out?
No Worries Mate!
Perhaps they can learn from the British Experience.