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    Strewth! Australia drops cricket from citizenship test

    Strewth! Australia drops cricket from citizenship test
    Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:20am GMT

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is to modify a test for prospective new citizens to exclude questions on history and culture, and specifically cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, a government minister said on Saturday.

    Immigration Minister Chris Evans said that following a review by seven eminent Australians, the Labour government had decided to modify the test, saying it should not be a "general knowledge quiz."

    The test was introduced under conservative former prime minister John Howard, and originally included a controversial section on Australian history and culture.

    This has now been relegated to a non-testable section of a book for prospective citizens, Evans said in a statement.

    Evans said the focus of the new test would be on a pledge of commitment that new citizens are required to make.

    "The pledge is about our democratic beliefs, our laws and the rights, responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship," Evans said.

    "It is crucial that prospective citizens understand these concepts so the questions on the new test will focus on the commitments to the pledge rather than being a general knowledge quiz about Australia."

    In other changes, the book for prospective citizens is to be rewritten in plain English and the pass mark for the test will be increased from 60 to 75 percent, with no mandatory questions.

    Bradman, who still has the highest career Test batting average of 99.94 more than half a century after he retired from Test cricket, is a national icon and legend in Australia. He died in 2001.

    Shortly before Bradman's death at the age of 92, then prime minister Howard named as the "greatest living Australian."

    (Editing by David Fox)

    uk.reuters.com

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    Now that's a move in the right direction Mid.

    I wonder how many young Aussies actually know or care who Don Bradman was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Bradman, who still has the highest career Test batting average of 99.94 more than half a century after he retired from Test cricket, is a national icon and legend in Australia. He died in 2001.
    My mother watched him bat at Headingly when he scored 300 in a day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    I wonder how many young Aussies actually know or care who Don Bradman was.
    Blasphamy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy
    My mother watched him bat at Headingly when he scored 300 in a day!
    Yep an absolute legend of sport but really to have questions about him included on a citizen application test is a bit silly IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy
    Blasphamy! LOL
    From what I can gather the youth of Oz now, and with it being so multi-cultural doesn't really care about a bloke that could hold a bat over 50 years ago.

    When I was growing up Bradman was a god but these days most young kids wouldn't give a tinker's cuss. Quite understandable really as there are more important things happening in our world at this moment.

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    Just had a go at the multi page "practice test"' for the brit citizen application 'cos a non Brit friend of mine is about to take it and asked me to have a look !!

    Just hope the OZ one was written by a genuine Ozzie !

    Being a 'pickey' bastard and having done many years as a proof reader I found "only" 197 grammatical /tense/ spelling mistakes in the 55 page test paper!

    13 of them made the question unanswerable !!

    I am sure that the test was set by a non native English speaker who just picked the questions after a quick flip through an encylopedia!

    Just hope the Ozzie test is not set on the same basis !

    ( before you ask - I failed 60 % when 75% is the pass mark - I really should have known when the next census in the Uk will be, What year did women get the vote ( trick question as there are two answers there - property owners got it first ) etc etc etc )

    BBQ tonight at my place - gonna start the bloody fire with my passport !!!

    Rant over !

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