Lima (Peru), Nov.22 : Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said that the current test for the granting of Australian citizenship, does not have a question on or about cricketing legend Sir Donals Bradman.
He also confirmed that his government is to change the Howard Government's citizenship test after a review of the exam headed by retired diplomat Dick Woolcott. Prospective Australian citizens will not be tested on cricketing legend Don Bradman but his story will be part of non-examinable material contained in the test resource booklet, Rudd said. "Guess what? Under the Rudd Government, the Don is contained in the booklet. And guess what? The Don wasn't in the questions set under Mr. Howard and the Don isn't in the questions set under me. Nothing has changed. The Don has been as preserved as the Don has been in the past," news.com.au quoted Rudd, as saying. Rudd said it was important that Bradman be a part of the citizenship test booklet because he was part of the Australian story.
"That's why he's there. It's important, all of us grew up with tales of the Don," he said.
Citizenship hopefuls will now be tested on Australia's democratic beliefs, laws and rights rather than on general knowledge about the nation. They will be required to make a pledge of commitment and be tested on questions about the values underpinning that promise.
A team of seven eminent Australians, led by Woolcott, a former foreign affairs secretary, said Australian historical and cultural facts should be included in the test resource kit but said the information should be in a section of the booklet not used for testing. Immigration Minister Chris Evans backed the recommendations, saying that the test would focus entirely on the pledge.