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Muslim leader backs ‘Aussie’ test

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.

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