John Howard wants to impose "citizenship tests" on new migrants to Australia, quizzing them on English-language and Australian history and values before granting them citizenship. This sort of exercise has a long history, dating back to the "White Australia" policy which held sway up until 1973, and it is primarily aimed at excluding the "wrong sort" (meaning "wrong colour") of immigrants. At the same time, its also aimed at propagating Australia's national myths, a false and sanitised version of its history. So here's a few questions they probably won't be asking.
- Who discovered Australia?
- Where was the first Australian settlement?
- What proportion of Australia was originally owned by its indigenous peoples?
- How many Aborigines did European colonists kill between 1770 and 1900?
- What happened to the Aborigines of Tasmania?
- When were Australian aborigines granted Australian citizenship?
- When did Australian aborigines get the vote?
- When was the last legal "abo hunt"?
- What was the purpose of the policy of forcibly removing aboriginal children from their parents and giving them to white families?
- How many aboriginal children were removed from their parents in this way?
- When did the policy of forcibly splitting up aboriginal families officially end?
- When is the "Day of Mourning"?
- What is the common-law doctrine of "aboriginal title"?
- What was Mabo v Queensland about?
- Should land taken from aborigines be returned to its original owners?
- Do Aborigines have an equal right to protection under the law as other Australians?
- Do Aborigines have an equal right to education, healthcare and government services as other Australians?
- Is it appropriate for the Australian government to spend only half as much per capita on healthcare and education for Aborigines as it does on other Australians?
- How many Aborigines die in Australian jails each year?
- Should the Australian government do anything about this?
- Should the Australian government say "sorry" for its treatment of its indigneous people?
Unfortunately, John Howard's answer to the latter is a firm "no".