Australian Values

Lately, I’ve been told that I don’t share the same values as other Australians, all because I choose to cover my face. The terms “cultural values” and “Australian values” keep coming up, but no one bothers to define them, or to explain exactly how wearing the niqab contravenes them.

So I consulted Professor Google, and found this “value statement” that all new migrants need to sign if they wish to be accepted as Australian citizens.

Australian Values Statement

You must sign this statement if you are aged 18 years or over.

I confirm that I have read, or had explained to me, information provided by the Australian Government on Australian society and values.

I understand:

  • Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
  • Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background
  • the English language, as the national language, is an important unifying element of Australian society.

I undertake to respect these values of Australian society during my stay in Australia and to obey the laws of Australia.

I understand that, if I should seek to become an Australian citizen:

  • Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting their diversity
  • Australian citizenship involves reciprocal rights and responsibilities. The responsibilities of Australian Citizenship include obeying Australian laws, including those relating to voting at elections and serving on a jury.

If I meet the legal qualifications for becoming an Australian citizen and my application is approved I understand that I would have to pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people.

Signature of Applicant

Taken from

I read through them carefully, and can’t see any contradiction between my beliefs and values and the one’s stated above. I’d be interested to see if anyone can!



  1. Khrystene said,

    May 21, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Short and sweet and well said.


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