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Turnbull Pushes 'Australian Values' Agenda In Facebook Video

The post promotes reforms to citizenship requirements and migrant visas.

22/04/2017 6:19 PM AEST | Updated 24/04/2017 9:43 AM AEST

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has doubled down on his "Australia first" message, promoting reforms to citizenship requirements and migrant visas in a Facebook video on Saturday afternoon.

Turnbull says changes to the citizenship test and the scrapping of the 457 working visas is reflective of the government prioritising "Australian jobs and Australian values".

"Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world," Turnbull said.

"We do not define our national identity by race or religion, but by a commitment to shared Australian values."

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister declared 457 working visas would be abolished in favour of a more restrictive system. The announcement was criticised as "unprecedented", leaving current 457 visa holders and businesses in limbo.

"We are also reforming our migration laws, to ensure that temporary foreign worker visas do not become passports to jobs that should or could be done by Australians," Turnbull said in his Facebook message on Saturday.

Two days later, Turnbull announced changes to the Australia citizenship requirements and testing. Questions like "is it OK to assault your partner behind closed doors?" and "is it acceptable to keep girls from school?" could be added to the new test -- along with requirements to know a certain level of English and to have had a minimum of four years residency in Australia.

The new standards will be applied to all new applicants for citizenship.

"Our reforms will put these values at the heart of our citizenship requirements," Turnbull said in his Facebook message on Saturday.

"Membership of our Australian family is a privilege afforded to those who support our values, respect our laws and want to integrate and contribute to a better Australia."

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