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1. The test comprises of 10 questions. You should complete the test within 10 minutes.
2. There is only one correct answer to each question.
3. All questions carry four marks each.
4. Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one mark.

Australia's treatment of asylum seekers has long been shockingly inhumane. But Prime Minister John Howard's latest policy twist is truly Q1. : he plans to "swap" would-be refugees held in the country's illegal offshore detention centres with Cuban and Haitian Q2. the US is holding in Guantanamo Bay


Q3. People are to be treated as , shipped off half-way across the world at the whim of a desperately unpopular politician who will seemingly go to any lengths to Q4. his chances of re-election later this year. The first asylum seekers to be exchanged are likely to be the 83 Sri Lankans and eight Burmese held on the Pacific island of Nauru, according to the BBC.


Howard's rationale is simple: treat 'em mean and hope they'll be less keen to try to come to Australia in the first place. No matter that people fleeing persecution have already suffered enough in their home country; no matter that the UN's refugee convention, which the Australian government has signed up to, legally commits Australia (and other signatories) to give refuge to those fearing for their lives at home.


Deterring people who dare - how Q5. of them! - To cross the world in search of a better life from heading Down Under is everything


Each element of this policy is Q6. Even if one presumes, as Howard does, that some (or even most) of the people detained on Nauru do not have legitimate claims for asylum, how can it be right to treat them all - including those, such as torture victims, who are genuine refugees - inhumanely? Even people with Q7. . scars elicit Q8. rather than sympathy from hard-hearted immigration officials - after all, they reason, the wounds might be self-inflicted.


In truth, of course, one cannot neatly distinguish refugees from "economic migrants" - most people move for a variety of motives - any more than the Victorians could separate the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor. And in any case, given that there is no other legal route for most people from poor countries to go work in Australia, is pretending to be a refugee really such an Q9. crime that it warrants ever more elaborate mistreatment by the Australian government?


Immigrants from Sri Lanka or Burma are not an Q10. , army; they are mostly people seeking a better life for themselves and their family, just like the millions of Britons who have moved to Australia in recent decades.

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