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Media: Australian politician Bishop: Asian languages are a must

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia Julie Bishop talks about
language policy goals.

'I believe that we should have a much greater focus on a second
language. . .
In fact my view is it should be mandatory.'

She then goes on to specifically mention Mandarin, Japanese, and
as possible languages of focus.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/asian-language-
Issue Number: 22.4905
Date Posted: November 28, 2011

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