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Media: Former PM of Australia advocates focus on Chinese

Submitter: Brent Woo

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

Media Body: Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, speaks out against the linguistic
lethargy of Australia. His remarks are themed on language and how Western
perspective about global language must shift in these times.

Read more:
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/national/national/general/rudd-
breaks-his-silence-with-asian-overture/2523655.aspx?storypage=1
Issue Number: 23.1901
Date Posted: April 16, 2012

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