Kyle and Jackie O are left stumped by Australian citizenship test


Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson were surprised to discover how difficult the Australian citizenship test really is.

The radio hosts were put to the test on Thursday by newsreader Brooklyn Ross, who read out several questions asked of new citizens.

Henderson, 47, answered most of the questions correctly, but Sandilands, 51, got only a handful correct.

Would-be Australian citizens must pass a test before being granted citizenship. (Pictured: Jackie 'O' Henderson)

Kyle Sandilands (left) and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right) were surprised to discover how difficult the Australian citizenship test really is

They both agreed if you weren’t born in Australia, the test would be ‘hard’ to pass, and Sandilands said he was ‘impressed’ his co-host got so many right. 

She attributed her success to a book she read ‘years ago’ called The Little Book of Australian History, saying: ‘It gives you everything that you need to know, that you should know, if you live here.’

The official practice test has 20 multiple-choice questions and you must get 15 (75 per cent) correct to pass. The answers are at the end of this article.

The radio hosts were put to the test on Thursday by newsreader Brooklyn Ross (pictured), who read out several questions asked of new citizens

The radio hosts were put to the test on Thursday by newsreader Brooklyn Ross (pictured), who read out several questions asked of new citizens

1. What do we commemorate on Anzac Day?

a. The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I

b. The arrival of the first free settlers from Great Britain

c. The landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove

2. What are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag?

a. Black, red and yellow

b. Green, white and black

c. Blue, white and green

3. What is the Commonwealth Coat of Arms?

a. The national anthem

b. Australia’s national flower

c. The official symbol of Australia, which identifies Commonwealth property

4. What happened in Australia on 1 January 1901?

a. The Australian Constitution was changed by a referendum

b. The separate colonies were united into a federation of states called the Commonwealth of Australia

c. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was formed

5. What is the capital city of Australia?

a. Brisbane

b. Canberra

c. Perth

6. Which of these is an example of freedom of speech?

a. People can peacefully protest against a government action

b. Men and women are treated equally in a court of law

c. Australians are free to not follow a religion

7. Which of these statements about government in Australia is correct?

a. The government does not allow some religions

b. The government in Australia is secular

c. Religious laws are passed by Parliament

The test includes questions about Australia's history and system of government. (Pictured: Opposition leader Peter Dutton in Parliament House on October 27)

The test includes questions about Australia’s history and system of government. (Pictured: Opposition leader Peter Dutton in Parliament House on October 27)

8. Which of these is an example of equality in Australia?

a. Everyone follows the same religion

b. Men and women have equal rights

c. Everyone belongs to the same political party

9. Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over?

a. To attend local council meetings

b. To vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum

c. To have a current Australian passport

10. Which of these statements about passports is correct?

a. Australian citizens can apply for an Australian passport

b. Permanent residents can hold an Australian passport

c. Australian citizens need a passport and visa to return to Australia

One of the first things new Australians do after getting citizenship is apply for a passport

One of the first things new Australians do after getting citizenship is apply for a passport 

11. Which of these statements about voting in Australian elections is correct?

a. People are free and safe to vote for any candidate

b. Voting is by a show of hands

c. People must write their name on their vote

12. What is the name of the legal document that sets out the basic rules for the government of Australia?

a. The Australian Federation

b. The Australian Commonwealth

c. The Australian Constitution

13. What is a referendum?

a. A vote to change the government

b. A vote to change the Australian Constitution

c. A vote to change the Prime Minister

14. Which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws?

a. Legislative

b. Executive

c. Judicial

15. Which of these is a role of the Governor-General?

a. The appointment of state premiers

b. Signing all Bills passed by the Australian Parliament into law

c. The appointment of the Head of State

One sample test question asks which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws? (Pictured: the High Court of Australia in Canberra)

One sample test question asks which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws? (Pictured: the High Court of Australia in Canberra)

16. Which of these statements best demonstrates Australian values about freedom of expression?

a. Everyone can peacefully express their opinions within the law

b. People with different views from me need to keep quiet

c. Only approved topics can be discussed

17. Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?

a. People in Australia should speak whichever language is most commonly spoken in their local neighbourhood

b. There is no expectation to learn any particular language in Australia

c. Yes, English is the national language of Australia and it helps to get an education, a job, and to integrate into the community

18. In Australia, can you encourage violence against a person or group of people if you have been insulted?

a. Yes, if you do not intend to carry out the violence

b. No, it is against Australian values and the law

c. Sometimes, if I feel very offended

One sample question asks what is a role of the Governor-General. (Pictured: Australia's Governor-General David Hurley)

One sample question asks what is a role of the Governor-General. (Pictured: Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley)

19. Should people tolerate one another where they find that they disagree?

a. It is against the law to disagree with one another

b. No, people only need to treat each other with respect if they agree with one another

c. Yes, peaceful disagreement reflects Australian values in relation to mutual respect

20. Which of the following is an example of contributing to the Australian community?

a. Volunteering or fundraising for a charity is a great opportunity to strengthen our community

b. I should not make any effort to get to know other people

c. People in Australia should not contribute to the community because Australia is a free country

Answers

1. A) The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I

2. A) Black, red and yellow

3. C) The official symbol of Australia, which identifies Commonwealth property

4. B) The separate colonies were united into a federation of states called the Commonwealth of Australia

5. B) Canberra

6. A) People can peacefully protest against a government action

7. B) The government in Australia is secular

8. B) Men and women have equal rights

9. B) To vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum

10. A) Australian citizens can apply for an Australian passport

11. A) People are free and safe to vote for any candidate

12. C) The Australian Constitution

13. B) A vote to change the Australian Constitution

14. C) Judicial

15. B) Signing all Bills passed by the Australian Parliament into law

16. A) Everyone can peacefully express their opinions within the law

17. C) Yes, English is the national language of Australia and it helps to get an education, a job, and to integrate into the community

18. B) No, it is against Australian values and the law

19. C) Yes, peaceful disagreement reflects Australian values in relation to mutual respect

20. A) Volunteering or fundraising for a charity is a great opportunity to strengthen our community

 

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