Peter Dutton wants a harder citizenship test and a comedian rises to the challenge

This past week Immigration Minister Peter Dutton appeared on 3AW to discuss Australian Citizenship. In the interview, Mr Dutton called for tougher citizenship questions for people looking to call Australia home. He stated, “We need to see whether people are abiding by Australian laws, whether they are educating their children, if they are able-bodied and of working age, whether or not they are engaged in work or whether they have had a long period of time on welfare”.

Mr Dutton also said that “the test is dictated essentially by questions around Australian trivia if you like. And my view is that we could look at a test that would more embrace Australian values.”

This morning comedian and writer for the ABC, Ben Pobjie, wrote his own questions for the Citizenship text that he thinks will represent the “Australian values” that Mr Dutton was referencing. While some of these joke questions touch on sensitive issues for Australians, some of them were downright hilarious. To read the entire list of questions here, but here are a few of our favourites.

“Question 3: If you are driving past a house and the residents have left their hard rubbish on the nature strip, what is the most Australian thing to do?

  1. Take all of it
  2. Leave most of it, but take the mattress because honestly there’s nothing wrong with it at all, and the TV, which doesn’t work but maybe Rob can fix it up
  3. Leave some of your own rubbish with it to save yourself some trouble
  4. Set fire to everything”
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“Question 6: Which of these activities could get you imprisoned under Australian law?

  1. Public nudity
  2. Describing Nauru
  3. Questioning the celebrity status of Bindi Irwin
  4. Tweeting”


“Question 8: The greatest duty of all Australian citizens is:

  1. The defence of the nation
  2. Stimulating the economy through rampant consumerism
  3. Participating in democracy
  4. Shouting on talkback radio”

Once again, if you would like to read all the questions you can do so here.