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Migrants wanting to come to Australia could face a conversation test

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  1. TruthTheOnlyDefense

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    The Turnbull government is considering a basic conversational English test as a requirement for migrants to becoming Australian citizens.

    Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge is expected to announce the plans, after consultation with migrant and business groups, in a speech to the Sydney Institute on Thursday.

    "This would become a stronger incentive to learn the language as permanent residency is the most important objective for many," he's expected to say.

    A conversational English test would replace the International English Language Testing System used to assess skilled migrants, The Australian reports.

    Australia is approaching a million non-English speakers and the increase is concerning, Mr Tudge believes.

    "This is particularly so, given the concentration of non-English speakers in particular pockets, largely in Melbourne and Sydney," he's expected to say.

    It's not the first time Mr Tudge has flagged the importance of English for migrants.

    In March he suggested migrants must demonstrate they've made an effort to integrate before becoming citizens, steps which could include joining a Rotary Club or a soccer team.

    The government has been in talks with crossbench MPs to garner support for changes to citizenship laws that were shot down in the Senate last year.

    © AAP 2018

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/14/06/50/migrants-could-face-conversation-test

    Great idea Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis etc need to be able to speak English fluently.

    Kick out those who can't speak English fluently most of them are here creating problems, god knows we have our own problems in Australia.
     
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    There is already IELTS so how would this be different?
     
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    macaulays foster children already do it so whats new. Its like american universities asking british to take english language test.
     
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    Its not like they are giving away citizenship without language proficiency. There is already a strict criteria to clear before you submit your request. What would be different if this suggestion is implemented?
     
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    Nothing its another way to get a handle on whom to let in or not, simply put discriminate based on your whims and fancies.

    IELTS is a transparent test that can be taken any where but that would be a problem isnt it?
     
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    Isn't this there right ?
     
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    Yes Australian english should be mandantory!!!
     
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    I think, more than the language, Western Countries should put some condition to accept the broad culture of the Western nations as a mandatory criteria prior to any one for applying even residency in these countries...

    At the end of the day, cultural similarity is required to be assimilated to the society in addition to language too...