Friday, September 15, 2006

Australia Leading The Way

Fair Dinkum!
SYDNEY (AFP) - Migrants to Australia would have to pass an English language test to prove they were "fair dinkum" (genuine) about fitting into society Down Under, Prime Minister John Howard has said.
Under the proposed changes, which will be officially unveiled in a government discussion paper Sunday, migrants will also have to demonstrate a knowledge of Australian history.

Howard, who has spoken at length in recent weeks about the need for Muslim migrants to integrate into Australian society, said people who genuinely wanted to fit in would have no problem with the government's blueprint.

"Certainly we are going to lift the waiting period to four years, there will be a fairly firm English language requirement and the paper itself ... will contain quite a number of issues," he said.

"It won't become more difficult if you're fair dinkum, and most people who come to this country are fair dinkum about becoming part of the community.

And what about the opposition?
The opposition Labor Party leader Kim Beazley weighed into the debate this week when he suggested migrants and tourists should sign a declaration saying they support Australian values before they could get a visa.

The values cited by Beazley included freedom, democracy, respect for women and "mateship".
The islamists will surely have trouble with those.

That even goes further, for tourists!

We should do the same with our visas.

Looks like they're on the same page in squashing multiculturalism to preserve Australia's identity.

Only the Green Party (or is that Watermelon Party -- Green on the outside, Red on the inside?) is opposed.


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