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澳大利亚公民法案夭折参议院

更新时间:2017/10/20 10:49:44 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

After a more stringent citizenship bill failed in the Senate Wednesday, the Australian government says it will lower its standard for English language skills in a trade-off for other, tougher citizenship legislation.

澳大利亚一项标准更严格的公民法案星期三未能在参议院通过。澳大利亚随后政府表示,将降低对英文能力的要求,以换取保留其他更严格的移民标准。

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday the government is willing to lower its competency requirement for English language skills to "modest" -- a designation of basic communication skills with many mistakes.

澳大利亚移民与边境保护部部长杜敦星期四说,政府愿意把对公民的英语能力要求降低到“一般”,意思是可以基本交流,但允许出现很多错误。

Language skills are not currently tested in the Australian citizenship process although some English is required.

澳大利亚在审批公民申请的时候不进行英文考试,但是要求具备一定的英文能力。

The opposition has said asking applicants to pass a language test had the potential to create an underclass of noncitizens.

反对人士说,要求申请人通过语言考试有可能导致出现二等非公民。

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced plans to abolish a temporary work visa program popular with foreigners and replace it with a new program requiring better English-language and job skills.

今年早些时候,澳大利亚总理特恩布尔宣布取消外国人青睐的临时工作签证,代之以要求具备更强英文能力和工作技能的新计划。

Dutton said the government will work with opposition lawmakers to amend the bill, including changing the language requirements.

杜敦说,政府将和持反对意见的议员共同努力,修改法案,包括改变对语言的要求。

But opposition leader Bill Shorten suggested the government abandon the bill. "If it's bad for the interests of ordinary people, we won't vote for it,'' Shorten said.

但是反对派领袖萧藤建议政府放弃这一法案。他说:“如果法案不符合普通人的利益,我们不会投赞成票。”

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