Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has welcomed a call by the Coalition government for all permanent migrants to Australia to have to pass a mandatory basic English test before being granted permanent residence and citizenship.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says migrants could a face primary school-level English test.
Citizenship Minister, Alan Tudge says he’s concerned new figures show an increase in the number of non-English speakers in the country approaching one million and the rules need to be changed.
Senator Bernardi has told Ben Fordham on Sky News immigrant infants and toddlers should be the only exception to the English-speaking rule.
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