Who were the first explorers to cross the Blue Mountains?
Name the first and second Prime Ministers of Australia.
What is Australia’s national flower?
Name the GREATEST cricketer of all time.
What is the year of Federation?
What year did the Melbourne Cup start?
These are all questions on the new Australian Citizenship test. Aspiring citizens must get at least 12 out of 20 answers correct. Yes I do know the first Prime Minister of Australia (Sir Edmund Barton) but this is a factlet I looked up because Australians are famous for having no idea what the answer to this question is. If you went out in the street and began quizzing folk it could take you hours to find anyone who knew this.
I will hazard a guess that the national flower is the wattle. If it isn’t the wattle I want to know why!
The sports questions are completely embarrassing to me. Yes I should accept that for many Australians sport is art, religion, tribe and joy but I would like Australia to accept that for many of us it is none of these things. A bunch of blokes running around after balls like dogs.. perhaps now that sport is included in the citizenship test this is a treasonous sentiment.
I will be very interested to read the whole test when it is released. Will there be questions about famous Australian artists? Pioneers in the medical field? I certainly hope so if sports events are going to be memorized by migrants as part of an Australian catechism.
Painting is “Copper Delight”
by Cairns artist Ingrid Douglas