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Monday, 4 July 2011
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National Schools Curriculum

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of certain citizens of Australia including representatives of community, educĀ­ational, political organisations, institutions and establishments across the country,

Draws to the attention of the House:

The matter of the importance of including Turkish in the National Schools Curriculum as a language of social, cultural, community, and economic importance to Australia and its people. The inclusion of Turkish in the National Schools Curriculum is important because:

It is a language spoken in a vast geographical area of the world with over 150 million people according to UNESCO.

Turkish will be the ninth most widely spoken language when added to the current list of languages in the National Schools Curriculum draft document.

Tens of thousands of Australians visit Gallipoli on an annual basis.

Turkey has a dynamic fast growing economy with increasingly growing relations with the Turkic speaking countries and her neighbours.

It is the language of a vibrant community in Australia.

Turkish has a unique structure which draws the interest of many linguists.

We therefore ask the House to:

Ensure that the Turkish and other community languages are included in the National Schools Curriculum currently being developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority.

from 10,148 citizens