Australian Citizenship: the Path to a Powerful Opinion

Even among the most mild-mannered of people, opinions play a significant role in daily life and well-being. From opinions that touch upon seemingly unimportant or superficial topics to those that focus on major issues confronted by a country or by humanity as a whole, the strength and diversity of perspective across a wide sample of the population is undeniable. This is certainly the case in Australia, which is home to people originally from countries around the world, many of whom have sought out a new lifestyle in the country. Thanks to the national interest in democratic government, people in Australia can count on having their opinions weighed and counted as both major and minor decisions are made, though there is one notable exception that interferes with the involvement of some of those who live and work down under. Immigrants may find that it is difficult to have their opinions understood and considered by others, particularly if they have outstayed their visa without applying for Australian citizenship or taking the national citizenship test.

Though some people may enter the country with the idea that their opinions are limited to their original country of residence, the situation is likely to change as immigrants experience work and lifestyle in Australia. Potentially strong ideas about how certain things should be run or maintained, which programs should be created or destroyed, and who should represent the people are likely to form as experience in the new country builds up, and immigrants may be frustrated by the idea that their status prevents them from having a powerful viewpoint. Of course, banding with other immigrants can potentially make voices more clearly heard, yet this is often a source of conflict in local communities and immigrants are sure to find that speaking out as an Australian is able to create a bigger and more peaceful buzz.

Taking the steps to become an Australian citizen may not always seem attractive to newcomers, particularly in the face of heavy loads of paperwork and potentially intimidating tests. Working with helpful test preparation services and other sources of assistance available to immigrants can greatly ease the stress of the process, however, and those who decide to complete it and follow through will find that voices are more heavily weighed in decisions at every level of social and political life. There are of course many other benefits associated with obtaining citizenship in Australia, but the ability to have one’s voice valued and heard is often among the most rewarding for people originally from other countries. Though it may not seem like an essential element of daily life at the outset, sharing and understanding opinions, and having one’s own opinions considered, is a major component of overall well-being, and people who feel unheard or uncounted may harbor a great resentment for their environment. Through becoming a citizen, however, immigrants secure the right to be heard –a fact that can make life in the country exceptionally more enjoyable.

6 Comments

  • NightTerrors September 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Interesting. Any test tips by the way?

  • PatriciaPolito September 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the good reading. Food for thought.

  • GerardoMatr September 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I do agree with this one. It leads to resentment the feeling of not being heard or not been able to be heard. One starts thinking that doesn’t deserves to speak because is not a citizen. A cast out.

    Thats why I so believe that seeking for citizenship is the healthiest option when migrating to a new country. You need to be part of, not just live in. 😀

  • SharonFit September 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I can say I understand where the writer is coming from with this. There is some truth behind the shallow words. However the text seems incomplete. Which is the real point there?

  • Cherry(L)Pie September 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    there is a point where every human wants to be heard. There is always something bugging us to raise our voice loud and clear. Not being a citizen really stops you to do that. Is a great benefit to be able to be heard and considered.

  • SaltyLight September 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Cool! Liked it, good stuff 😀

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