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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that:

We, the undersigned, believe that language learning is an investment in our children's future peace and prosperity. In a world in which links among our nations are deeper, more diverse and more immediate than ever before, Australia as a nation cannot afford its current monolingual policy of devaluing Languages Other Than English (LOTE).

We are committed to the ideal of peace and unity in diversity and ensuring continuous, extended, equal access to language learning throughout their education for all Australian students. Without this, our students will be disadvantaged in the global community cognitively, economically, socially and culturally.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

Take steps to ensure:

that we have a national policy on languages and

that languages are given an appropriate space in the curriculum.

Languages are our passport to the world of tomorrow and vital to our education of dynamic, proactive, inter-culturally competent Australians.

by Mr Bevis (from 658 citizens)