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Citizenship hopeful fails new test

Broadcast: 01/10/2007

Reporter: Stephanie Ferrier

The new Australian citizenship test was launched today, with 26 out of 27 people passing the
multiple choice exam in Victoria and Queensland.


TONY JONES: Australia's new citizenship test was launched today with 27 people sitting the multiple
choice exam in Victoria and Queensland. Many applicants said the test was easy but as Stephanie
Ferrier reports, some questions even stumped native-born Australians.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: These immigrants were among the first batch of future citizens to sit the test
and all but one passed with flying colours.

RONALD DELA CRUZ, APPLICANT: A lot easier than I thought. My head was just crammed with dates in

ALEJANDRO RUBILAR, APPLICANT: If you want to fully integrate in a country, you should know some
basic things.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: Applicants must correctly answer 12 out of 20 multiple choice questions on our
history, government and values, including three mandatory questions about Australian
responsibilities and privileges.

MARIUS VAN EEDEN, APPLICANT: A bit of the history, colours of the Aboriginal flag. But, yeah, there
are questions in there that I think some guys this in Canberra won't be able to answer.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: And it seems it's not only politicians that might struggle. Some of the sample
questions in this booklet will have stumped those who've lived here all those lives.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: What year was Federation? Do you know?

MAN: No, look, you've got me stumped there.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: Who was Australia's first Prime Minister?

SECOND MAN: No idea.

KEVIN ANDREWS, IMMIGRATION MINISTER: If people don't understand this knowledge and they're born in
Australia, then that's a failing of our education system, rather than a failing of the immigration

STEPHANIE FERRIER: In a YouTube post, the Democrats describe the test as "stupid", while ethnic
groups say it's unnecessary.

VOULA MESSIMERI, ETHNIC COMMUNITIES COUNCIL: Australia has had a system that has worked
extraordinarily well. Millions of people have become citizens over the last 40 years, with a test
that's already in place.

STEPHANIE FERRIER: The Opposition supports the test but says it's been poorly planned.

KEVIN RUDD, OPPOSITION LEADER: If a year later you can't provide us with the full batch of
questions, then what have they been doing?

STEPHANIE FERRIER: Seventy-four people are expected to sit the test nationally tomorrow. Stephanie
Ferrier, Lateline.