‘Pom invasion’ hitting Down Under

Changes to the points system, which come into effect on 1 September, will award five valuable extra points for people who can pass a standard English language test, a Brit-friendly policy partly designed to lure more “poms” here.

To others, the award of extra points to fluent English speakers is more sinister, with shades of the monocultural “white Australia policy”, the umbrella term for a swathe of policies and laws engineered to limit non-white immigration which finally petered out in the early 1970s.

The comments about the new citizenship test are ironic because I’m being forced to learn the most popular sports and when various saints days are to prepare for the ‘Life in the UK’ test. I’ve managed 34 years of my life without having to know a thing about sport, and now I have to learn sports stuff? It’d make more sense if the English were any good at sport!

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