http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/current/index.html Should people who are victims of torture and trauma be exempted from taking a citizenship test? The government of Australia thinks so.
"People who have a “permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity” will, from November 9, be exempted from the Australian Citizenship Test, following the passage of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill through the Australian Parliament. Aimed primarily at providing a citizenship pathway for people who have suffered torture and trauma, particularly refugee and humanitarian entrants, this section of the Bill was amended following debate within the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. The Bill originally provided for an exemption for people who had “suffered torture and trauma outside Australia”. The Coalition opposed this, suggesting in the Senate Committee’s report that the definition of trauma was so vague “it is almost meaningless and could open the floodgates”. The Greens argued (ultimately successfully) that the exemption be expanded to include people who have suffered significant trauma while in Australia, a position also put forward in the RCOA submission to the Committee. For more information, see the Minister's explanation of the legislation, information from the Senate Committee inquiry and RCOA's submission." What do you think?