Australia: Jobs quota for speakers of Asian languages?

Last week, the Australian government published its white paper on ‘Australia in the Asian Century’, which, among other things, recommends that all students should be encouraged to learn an Asian language. Now, former prime minister Kevin Rudd has joined the discussion, calling for the business community to “set aside a quota of jobs for Australian students who can speak an Asian language”. Such a quota would serve as an incentive, showing students that learning an Asian language could lead to a secure career path for them.

To learn more about this issue, read this article on the ABC News website, this opinion piece from the Syndey Morning Herald, and this post on the Language on the Move blog.

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