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Tuesday, 13 June 1989
Page: 3815


Senator JENKINS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that the October 1984 report by the Senate Standing Committee on Education and the Arts, entitled A National Language Policy, recommended that `the learning of languages at primary school level should be substantially increased', and that `all secondary students should experience' language learning';

(b) commends the Western Australian Minister for Education (Dr Carmen Lawrence) for recommending that all of the State's schoolchildren from Year 4 should study a second language commencing in the 1990 school year;

(c) notes that Aboriginal languages will be available at all schools in Western Australia and that most children in Aboriginal communities will be taught a tribal language;

(d) accepts the description of these measures in the Australian of 13 June 1989, as `the most positive implementation so far of the Federal Government's five-year-old Australian Language Policy; and

(e) urges other states and territories in Australia which have not already done so to take similar action to implement the National Language Policy recommendations.