Time for Government to act on Indonesian decline, Major Report launched at Parliament House

CANBERRA ­ February 27, 2012: A detailed report into Indonesian language study was launched at Parliament House today indicating Australia¹s capacity to benefit from this century¹s dynamic growth in Asia is being hindered by our lack of language skills.

Despite the nation¹s focus on the ALP leadership challenge attendance at the launch of a report exceeded organisers expectations.

Politicians from both sides of politics with an interest in Indonesia attended including Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Bishop, MPs Josh Frydenberg, Ewan Jones, Mike Symon, Barry Haase and Senator Alan Eggleston.

A copy of the report Indonesian Language in Australian Universities: Strategies for a stronger future authored by Murdoch University Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, David Hill, was submitted to the office of the Minister for Tertiary Education.

A full transcript of Prof Hill’s launch address can be found at: http://altcfellowship.murdoch.edu.au/Docs/ALTC_Report_Launch_Address.pdf

An electronic copy of the full Fellowship report Indonesian Language in Australian Universities: Strategies for a stronger future can be downloaded from the Fellowship website at: http://altcfellowship.murdoch.edu.au/finalreport.html

A pre-launch news report in The Australian headed “Indo expertise ‘almost extinct'” can be accessed at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/indo-expertise-almost-extinct/story-e6frgcjx-1226282032770

For further media information contact Professor David T. Hill (dthill@murdoch.edu.au; 08 9360 2412; 0449 069 963) or Mr Liam Prince (l.prince@murdoch.edu.au, 0415 101 844).

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