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Daily Archives: April 29, 2008

My Vodpod(s)

I have just added to the Ninglun’s Videos Vodpod and VodPod has itself had a facelift. It is well worth exploring now.

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Posted by on April 29, 2008 in music, site news, updates

 

That de facto English test: scrap it, or admit what it really is!

I am 100% behind Petro Georgiou on this one, as an ESL teacher and as a common-or-garden variety Australian citizen who has never had to sit for a “citizenship” test.

Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou says Australia’s controversial new citizenship test should not just be reviewed – it should be scrapped altogether.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans says he has no plans to abolish the Howard Government-era test, but he is open to making improvements.

Mr Georgiou broke party lines to oppose the test when it was introduced by the former government and says his views have not changed.

“I would hope that the review recommends that we go back to the early form of the test which was about basic English, and not have funny little questions about which cricketers were the best cricketers in Australia’s history,” he told ABC Radio’s AM program.

Mr Georgiou says the test is deterring substantial numbers of people from applying for citizenship.

His comments came after the release of new Government figures showing there has been a drop in the number of people applying for citizenship. —  ABC News

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Posted by on April 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, current affairs, immigration, Multicultural, multicultural Australia, multiculturalism

 

Sir Gustav Nossal on Talking Heads last night

It’s no secret that I enjoy ABC 1’s Talking Heads. Last night was the turn of distinguished Australian scientist Sir Gustav Nossal, a product of that Middle Europe Jewish world which, following the hideous events of the 20th century, contributed so many brilliant migrants to Australia.

PETER THOMPSON: So let’s chart the life of Gus Nossal and see where it all began.

SIR GUSTAV NOSSAL: My earliest memory is in Vienna. I went to hear Adolf Hitler give his first major speech after the dreaded Anschluss. At six years old, I didn’t know too much about it but it was dramatic.

My father, being of Jewish extraction, left it pretty late to decide that this 1,000-year Reich needed to be fled from. And we didn’t actually leave Austria for Australia until January 1939.

One of the aspects of the Austrian heritage which has stayed with me for a lifetime is a very deep commitment to the arts and to culture. And I have these memories of the old 78s with Caruso singing away, with all of the Beethoven symphonies, Mozart and so forth. And of my dad sitting in his armchair reading to us – Goethe, Schiller and Heinrich Heine…

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Posted by on April 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, challenge, culture wars, environment, Holocaust, humanity, immigration, Indigenous Australians, John Howard, multicultural Australia, multiculturalism, pluralism, TV