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The Case for English: The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs gives speech today

In a speech to The Sydney Institute today, 14 June 2018, The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has discussed the Case for English, explaining why a shared language is key to social cohesion and economic success. In this speech the Minister says:

'In 2006, about 560,000 people did not speak English well or at all. By 2011, that figure had grown to 655,000 and in 2016, it was almost 820,000. If we continue on the same growth rate from the past five years, Australia will be home to one million people who do not speak English well or at all by 2021. (If very young people are excluded, we will reach one million by 2026).'

To read the full speech click below:

The-Case-for-English----Hon-Alan-Tudge-MP.pdf

An interview with 5AA in Adelaide today:

Minister-Tudge-Adelaide-Interview.pdf

An interview in Perth today:

Perth-Minister-Tudge-Interview-on-English.pdf

An interview in Melbourne today:

Minister-Tudge-Melbourne-interview-on-English.pdf

As RMAs working in this space, what are your thoughts?

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  • Guest
    WA Thursday, 14 June 2018

    Just keep this whole bunch out at the next election.

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    Bernard M Scheelings Friday, 15 June 2018

    Centrelink applicants should not eligible for entitlements if their excuse for not being able to find employment because they can't speak/understand English. There are ample jobs available that do not require English, e.g. fruit picking, kitchenhands, toilet cleaners, floor sweepers, etc. Sending such applicants for English classes (a rort) for years on end doesn't help and is abused.

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