The Australian Citizenship Test

August 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

has a 20 question test, which you have to pass (at least 75% needed) to gain . I think NZ should do the same. It is a good way of ensuring new citizens understand the country they are joining.

News.com.au has published a practice test, which is copied below:

SECTION ONE: AUSTRALIA AND ITS PEOPLE

1. What do we remember on Anzac Day?

a. The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey

b. The arrival of the first free settlers from Great Britain

c. The landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove

2. What are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag?

a. Black, red and yellow

b. Green, white and black

c. Blue, white and green

3. Which official symbol of Australia identifies Commonwealth property?

a. The national anthem

b. Australia’s national flower

c. Commonwealth Coat of Arms

SECTION TWO: AUSTRALIA’S DEMOCRATIC BELIEFS, RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

4. Which of these statements about Australia’s system of government is correct?

a. The Queen of Australia chooses people to form the Australian Parliament

b. The government is elected by the people

c. The Prime Minister chooses our Members of Parliament

5. Which of these is an example of freedom of speech?

a. People can peacefully protest against government decisions

b. Men and women are treated equally in a court of law

c. Australians are free to not follow a religion

6. Which of these statements about government in Australia is correct?

a. The government does not allow some religions

b. Government in Australia is secular

c. Religious laws are passed by parliament

7. Which of these is an example of equality in Australia?

a. Everyone follows the same religion

b. Men and women have the same rights

c. Everyone belongs to the same political party

8. Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over?

a. To attend local council meetings

b. To vote in elections

c. To have a current Australian passport

9. Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over?

a. To do local community service

b. To carry a passport at all times

c. To serve on a jury if called to do so

10. Which of these statements about passports is correct?

a. Australian citizens can apply for an Australian passport

b. Permanent residents can hold an Australian passport

c. Australian citizens need a passport and visa to return to Australia

SECTION THREE: GOVERNMENT AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA 

11. Which of these statements about voting in Australian elections is correct?

a. People are free and safe to vote for any candidate

b. Voting is by a show of hands

c. People must write their name on their vote

12. What happened in Australia on 1 January 1901?

a. The Australian Constitution was changed by a referendum

b. The Australian Constitution came into effect

c. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was formed

13. What is the name of the legal document that sets out the rules for the government of Australia?

a. The Australian Federation

b. The Australian Commonwealth

c. The Australian Constitution

14. What is a referendum?

a. A vote to change the government

b. A vote to change the Australian Constitution

c. A vote to change the Prime Minister

15. Which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws?

a. Legislative

b. Executive

c. Judicial

16. Which of these is a role of the Governor-General?

a. The appointment of state premiers

b. The signing of Bills passed by the Australian Parliament

c. The appointment of the Head of State

17. Which of these statements about state governments is correct?

a. All states have the same constitution

b. Each state has its own constitution

c. The states have no constitution

18. What is the name given to the party or coalition of parties with the second largest number of members in the House of Representatives?

a. The Government

b. The Opposition

c. The Senate

19. What is the name of a proposal to make a law in parliament?

a. Royal Assent

b. Bill

c. Debate

20. Who maintains peace and order in Australia?

a. Public servants

b. Police

c. Lawyers

I got 19 out of 20 correct. Did not know the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Many of the questions could be used in NZ also.

The answers are over the break.

ANSWERS

1a, 2a, 3c, 4b, 5a, 6b, 7b, 8b, 9c, 10a, 11a, 12b, 13c, 14b, 15c, 16b, 17b, 18b, 19b, 20b

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32 Responses to “The Australian Citizenship Test”

  1. Robyn (3 comments) says:

    A test like this turns the citizenship process into a trivia quiz. There’s more to being a New Zealand citizen than knowing facts and figures about the country.

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  2. Redbaiter (8,371 comments) says:

    Here’s one they should tack on the end-

    Why does Australia have a flag that represents one race as separate from every other race?

    a) Because Australia is infested with leftists who want to divide and weaken the country to pave their way to power?

    b) Because successive govts have been too weak to counter communist subversion?

    c) Because not enough people have read Keith Windschuttle or Geoff McDonald’s book “Red Over Black”?

    “Chililing and almost unbelievable story of the Marxist manipulation of the Aboriginal land rights movement .” Geoff McDonald was expelled from the Communist Party “for daring to criticise.” Communist use of Aboriginal issues to advance own ends; sees Aboriginal land rights and federal intervention in State affairs, especially Qld, as holding back industrial development and dividing the nation.

    http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/red-over-black/author/geoff-mcdonald/

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  3. Odakyu-sen (577 comments) says:

    Let’s come up with a common-sense test for NZ citizenship. I’ll start with the first question:

    1. Do you oppose *marriage outside your (religion/culture/social class)? (Actually 3 separate questions)

    *Ignoring the marriage/partnership/cohabitation issue

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  4. Ross Miller (1,687 comments) says:

    I guess that crimdotcon would answer each and all of those questions with …. money talks better, how much?

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  5. TheContrarian (1,085 comments) says:

    Wow Red, that is a special type of crazy.

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  6. sgthree (13 comments) says:

    rumour has it that if you answer ‘Macquarie’ to all the questions they count that as a pass

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  7. dime (9,805 comments) says:

    only 18/20. opps. slacker.

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  8. Redbaiter (8,371 comments) says:

    Old Mongolian saying-

    “He who speaks truth must always have one foot in the stirrup.”

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  9. Brian Smaller (4,007 comments) says:

    The new Internet-Mana test would add some interesting questions.

    Would up let your daughter marry a White Mo-fo?
    (a)Hell, no – I am with Hone on this.
    (b)Yes, as long as they are rich German Visionaries.

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  10. RRM (9,786 comments) says:

    Well I think that is very good.

    Quite a few questions I didn’t know the answer to. But then, I’d rather cut off my left testicle than become an Australian.

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  11. Ross Miller (1,687 comments) says:

    Brian S 2.59 …. didn’t you mean ‘Heil’ rather than ‘”Hell’ …. just askin

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  12. Gulag1917 (857 comments) says:

    Australian immigration criteria; the standard to which NZ should aspire.

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  13. Lindsay Addie (1,413 comments) says:

    19/20, missed the same question as DPF.

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  14. ROJ (114 comments) says:

    No need to worry about becoming part of Aussie anytime soon then.

    75% is 15 of 20, reminds me of Muldoon’s famous line on emigration “… raises the IQ of both countries”

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  15. duggledog (1,505 comments) says:

    The New Zealand one should say ‘do you agree to go home and never return again if you are convicted of a criminal offence within the first seven years?’

    If they don’t them don’t let them in

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  16. Rightandleft (662 comments) says:

    I got 20/20 but then I am a History and Social Studies teacher so I cover a lot of this stuff in class since much of it has to do with Parliamentary government in general or also applies to NZ. I wouldn’t mind taking a simple test like this to get my NZ citizenship next year but I would be a little worried about the possible wording of questions around the Treaty or its principles since there is so much open to interpretation there.

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  17. Rightandleft (662 comments) says:

    duggledog,

    The whole point of citizenship is that you are making this country your home, and it often involves forfeiting citizenship in your country of birth, so there would be no other ‘home’ to go to. I believe in one standard of citizenship, one law for all. And I also think that if such a law were actually passed you know the judges would just be much more likely to give people discharge without conviction where they otherwise would have convicted, because they’d judge deportation too harsh punishment for any but the most serious crimes. You just have to look at some of the most recent cases and you know it’s true.

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  18. kiwi in america (2,428 comments) says:

    Quite pleased I got 20/20. I lived in Australia for 2 years in the 80’s, have business interests there and have travel there frequently. The US version has 100 questions and they are tougher and they are not multi choice. Its an excellent idea for New Zealand to do the sam.

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  19. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    20/20 Lucky guess on Aboriginal flag

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  20. Don the Kiwi (1,686 comments) says:

    20/20

    Mind you, I lived in Oz from 1979 till 1988.

    And anyway, I’m a smart-arse. ;-)

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  21. georgebolwing (774 comments) says:

    Quite glad that I got 20/20, what with being born and raised in Australia. I suspect that in some parts of Australia, many of my former country-men would struggle to get most of these. They can, however, all recite the alternative pledge of allegiance:

    This is the wattle,
    The symbol of our land.
    You can stick it in a bottle,
    You can hold it in your hand.

    Australia.
    Australia.
    Australia.

    Suck more tubes.

    There is a quiz on the form to become a New Zealand citizen. It is more like a check that you have read the accompanying brochure.

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  22. nasska (11,189 comments) says:

    Make them answer the questions in English (or Maori). This would KO the useless bludgers who never bother learning the written/spoken language of their new country & therefore have no chance of integrating or getting worthwhile employment.

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  23. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    NZ citizenship test:

    1. How much money do you have?

    Welcome aboard, Kiwi Kim!!

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  24. ShawnLH (4,483 comments) says:

    I would take Kiwi Kim over leftard Jew hater Dean Papa any day.

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  25. ShawnLH (4,483 comments) says:

    “Why does Australia have a flag that represents one race as separate from every other race?”

    They don’t is the simplest answer.

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  26. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    I love you too Shawn, you are a wonderful man.

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  27. Kiwi Dave (84 comments) says:

    So let’s guess NZ’s citizenship questions.

    1). The Tiriti o Waitangi is:

    a) stupendously fabulous;
    b) means whatever bureaucrats say it means;
    c) superior to the UN Declaration of Human Rights;
    d) all of the above.

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  28. David in Chch (512 comments) says:

    20/20. Mostly logic, and an educated guess about the aboriginal flag, like adamsmith1992 did. And I have visited Australia but never lived there. Don’t want to, either.

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  29. Milk Me (157 comments) says:

    I got 20/20 ‘cos I’m a smart arse, but there was a few tricky ones in there like this one.

    15. Which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws?

    a. Legislative

    b. Executive

    c. Judithcal

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  30. G152 (280 comments) says:

    20/20.
    Must be an Aussie though I’ve never been there

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  31. Viking2 (11,370 comments) says:

    More important question;
    Can you read, write and speak clearly in “Strlaian English”?

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  32. Fight Communism (19 comments) says:

    They Forgot the last Question
    Why is Australia
    over run by Commie Loving Camel Humpers

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  33. Fight Communism (19 comments) says:

    Australia and NZ are just undefended sheep farms run my camel humpers and sheep shaggas
    who could not be trusted to wipe their own back sides

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