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Dutton says Bill Shorten should stare down the left of his party to support his citizenship.

He said the English test lifts the level from 5 to 6 out of a scale of 1-9.

This is a very different scenario than it was post world war two with people fleeing war-torn Europe coming to Australian in the late 1940s and 50s where people went directly into manual Labor and had very little interaction with the education system or even broader society. People kept within their own communities.

In the 21st century, there is a lot of assistance available on line and the reality is that people do better across their working life if they have better English language skills.

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, is on ABC Radio justifying the new citizenship test, since Labor has decided to reject the requirement for aspiring citizens to reach level six (a university standard) of English.

Asked what problem the government was trying to solve, and how many people would fail to meet that standard now, Dutton said the government doesn’t know how many pass under the current test that would fail the higher standard “because we don’t test for that now”.

Every study demonstrates that people who have greater English capacity, there is the ability for them to get better jobs, do better at school and integrate better into Australian society.

If people take the opportunities that are available to them, and over the course of the four years they know that at the end this is the language test and this is the requirement to pass, people will improve their skills.

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