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Seminar asks if Australia should introduce a formal citizenship test


Zoe Satherley
5 October 2006
‘Should Australia introduce a formal citizenship test?’ is a question Northern Rivers residents are being asked to consider at an upcoming public seminar at Southern Cross University.

The free seminar is being held in response to the Federal Government’s recently released discussion paper ‘Australian Citizenship: much more than a ceremony’.

‘Testing Citizenship: a public point of view seminar and discussion’ is being hosted by Southern Cross University’s Centre for Peace and Social Justice.

It will include four brief points of view, followed by a half hour discussion of the issues.

Speakers include Southern Cross University’s Dr Erika Kerruish, who teaches 'Unruly Subjects' and 'Ethics in Society' in the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Mick Martin, lecturer at the University’s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, as well as Lisa Weingarth who teaches English to recent migrants at the Lismore campus of the North Coast Institute of TAFE.

Anyone interested in this topic, especially members of the public, are welcome to attend on Wednesday, October 18, from 4.15pm to 6pm, in Z block, room 181 (access via the herb garden, from Rifle Range Road) at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University.

RSVP to Rob Garbutt by email (preferred) [email protected] or by phone on 6620 3568.

Photo: Mick Martin, lecturer at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.