Part C: Dictation test
The Parliament decided that a dictation test would be used as the means of excluding people. The law, which came into effect in December 1901, stated that a 'prohibited immigrant' included:
Any person, who when asked to do so by an officer, fails to write out a dictation and sign, in the presence of the officer, a passage of fifty words in length in an European language directed by the officer.
The dictation test meant people were excluded from entry because of their language skills, not their race. In practice, the test was only given to 'non-white' migrants and was nearly impossible to pass. It was an effective way of keeping 'non-whites' out of Australia.
How would you go at the dictation test? You can take the test on the following page.