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27 August 2007
Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews released a draft of a proposed resource book entitled 'Becoming an Australian Citizen'. The book contains a preliminary draft of questions that will be asked in the proposed citizenship test for immigrants wishing to become naturalized.
The draft book is part of an information kit that includes fact sheets about how the test will be implemented as well as answering general questions about the proposed test.
The final draft of the book will be widely available in printed, electronic, and audio formats. A short sample of the test will be made available in the future as well.
The draft contains 20 questions designed to help prepare the potential citizen for the test, which are reprinted below:
Under the proposed legislation, a potential citizen will need to pass 12 out of 20 questions, which are drawn at random from a pool of about 200 questions. An applicant for Australian citizenship can sit the test as many times as needed, according to Andrews.
"It is important that people who wish to become Australian citizens can demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Australia and our way of life," he Andrews.
"A citizenship test provides the means of ensuring that prospective citizens have such an understanding," he added.
The citizenship test is expected to go live later this year if the legislation passes Parliament.