Australia unveiled significant changes to its citizenship process on Thursday, flagging - among several changes - new tests on English language and
The new requirements would put "Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes", the government said.
But as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull explained the system, social media observers were keen to interrogate an obvious question.
What exactly are 'Australian values'?
That question appeared to trouble even Mr Turnbull, when a reporter asked him to provide a summary.
"What we will… the answer is yes, but the discussion paper that [the immigration] department has released is going to engage public discussion on
this," he said.
After some further comments, he said: "Australians have an enormous reservoir of good sense, and we know that our values of mutual respect,
democracy, freedom, rule of law, those values, a fair go - these they are fundamental Australian values."
Despite his clarification, Mr Turnbull's response drew rapid criticism from political commentators. "Wow... doesn't answer," said one; another
dubbed the briefing "surreal"; a third suggested Mr Turnbull was in "full gibbering mode".
So the public came up with humorous suggestions
Sharing comments on a hashtag #AustralianValues, many people were quick to offer amusing alternatives.
Some joked that sporting fans complaining about rising match costs demonstrated "Australian values", while others poked fun at Australians' use of
language and skill at making coffee.