The Government’s attempts to force citizens through an expanded values test is unnecessary, the Greens say, while welcoming the commitment to expanded language classes.
“Arbitrary tests don't make a society more cohesive,” Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said.
“Scott Morrison locks up asylum seekers and Peter Dutton attacks African Australians. Instead of attacking multiculturalism and democracy, Scott Morrison should value them.
“Before Scott Morrison tries to enforce this test, he should have to pass it himself. I reckon he’d come undone on questions about the right to protest or freedom from arbitrary detention.”
Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim welcomed the increased funding and availability of English language courses.
“This is something the Greens have been demanding for years,” Senator McKim said.
“Regardless of the Government’s motivation, we owe it to people who have decided to make Australia their home to help them settle in as best as they can.”