The Reading / Listening - Dual Citizenship - Level 4

Australia's deputy leader was disqualified from his position because he had dual citizenship when he was elected. Australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals from being elected because they are a "subject or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's ruling National Party* has just 75 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. The deputy leader could return to office in the future because he renounced his New Zealand citizenship.



The deputy leader said the decision showed Australia's democratic values. He said: "I respect the verdict of the court….It has given us all the freedoms we see." He added: "The decision…is clearly not the outcome we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should change. Around 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas. Many have a family history that entitles them to dual citizenship.

*CORRECTION: Australia's current government is a coalition between the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Prime Minister is Malcolm Turnbull from the Liberal Party. Barnaby Joyce is from the National Party.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dual Citizenship - Level 5 or  Dual Citizenship - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41772372
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/27/560364872/australias-deputy-pm-is-removed-from-office-over-citizenship
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-australia-politics/australian-court-rules-deputy-pm-ineligible-for-parliament-government-loses-majority-idUKKBN1CW022


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. disqualified
  2. when he was
  3. Australia's
  4. prohibits dual nationals
  5. a subject or citizen of a
  6. the 150-seat House
  7. return to office
  8. he renounced his
  1. in the future
  2. from being elected
  3. elected
  4. New Zealand citizenship
  5. constitution
  6. from his position
  7. of Representatives
  8. foreign power

Paragraph 2

  1. democratic
  2. I respect the
  3. not the outcome we were
  4. the business of government
  5. the dual citizenship laws should
  6. Around 28 per cent
  7. born
  8. entitles them
  1. of Australians
  2. goes on
  3. to dual citizenship
  4. values
  5. overseas
  6. verdict
  7. change
  8. hoping for

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Australia's deputy leader (1) ___________________ his position because he had dual citizenship when (2) ___________________. Australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals (3) ___________________ because they are a "subject or citizen of (4) ___________________ ". Australia's ruling National Party has just (5) ___________________ the 150-seat House of Representatives. The deputy leader could (6) ___________________ in the future because he renounced his New Zealand citizenship.

The deputy leader said (7) ___________________ Australia's democratic values. He said: "I (8) ___________________ of the court….It has given us all the freedoms we see." He added: "The (9) ___________________ not the outcome we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians (10) ___________________ citizenship laws should change. Around 28 per cent of Australians (11) ___________________. Many have a family history that (12) ___________________ dual citizenship.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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vethedualcitizenshiplawsshouldchange.Around28percentofAustrali
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dualcitizenship.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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