This is a positive step, but I would like to see the actual content of the test. Australia and all non-Muslim nations need to set up a test that asks Muslim immigrants such questions as whether they can accept peaceful coexistence as equals with non-Muslims on an indefinite basis, whether they would someday like to see Sharia implemented in the country to which they wish to immigrate, what they think of women working, what they think of wife-beating, and the like. This would focus the attention of immigration officials and applicants on questions of jihad and Sharia, and make clear that the host nations consider such positions unacceptable. If an immigrant were later found to have lied on his application about his positions on such matters, that should be grounds for deportation.
From AAP, with thanks to JE:
A MUSLIM leader has welcomed a Federal Government proposal to introduce compulsory citizenship tests for Australian migrants.
Under the proposal by immigration parliamentary secretary Andrew Robb, prospective immigrants would have to take a test to demonstrate their English language skills and knowledge of Australia’s values, customs, laws and history.
Muslim leader Mustapha Kara-Ali, a member of the Prime Minister’s hand-picked Muslim community reference group, said a basic level of language skills and understanding of Australian culture could be a useful tool for new citizens.
“A basic understanding of Australian culture and a practical knowledge of the English language will go a long way in laying the foundation for a new mindset in the Muslim community,” Mr Kara-Ali said.
“It’s stifled minds that are opposing outright this draft blueprint by Mr Robb – it’s in the Muslim community’s best interest to set such citizenship requirements.”