Citizenship Tests Are Meaningless
Australian Citizenship is meaningless to most people.
Australian citizenship gives you, in order of importance:
1. An Australian Passport, which in terms of travel is one of the most valuable passports available.
2. The right to continue residing in Australia even if you commit a serious crime.
3. The right to vote for the Socially Democratic, Tax and Spend party of your choice.
Whether or not a permanent resident of Australia decides to take up citizenship has no effect on their continued ability to live and work in Australia. To do that, all you need is to be a permanent resident.
If the idea is to keep “undesirables” out of Australia, then merely testing people who want to become citizens is counterproductive at best. After all, the people who actually do decide to become Australian citizens are usually the ones who really like Australia.
The people who just live here because it’s better than the shit country they came from (e.g. Kiwis or Barmy Army deserters) rarely bother to take out citizenship anyway.
If the idea is to keep terrorists out, well I’m sorry but being a citizen is irrelevant to how good you are at blowing things up, unless the citizenship test is going to include questions about bomb-making.
Any test applied to immigration intake has to be applied to applications for permanent residency . In other words, before people can even dream about becoming citizens.
And besides all that, questions about “Australian values” are meaningless anyway. I’m an Australian and I have completely different values to most other Australians. The one thing I have in common with most other Australians is that I can speak fluent English.
Speaking English is the one single skill that will help you more than any other in being successful in Australia. Your future here is very limited if you can’t speak English (unless you are a dependent of someone who can). So by all means test people for English skills, but again, the point is that they should be tested when applying for residency, not citizenship.
And don’t we already do this anyway under some kind of points system?
Anyway, the point is that a test applied to “citizenship” will have no practical effect and is just political posturing. Anyone who is coming here with the intention of causing trouble will probably put in the effort to study and pass the test in any case.