What ben­e­fit Asian lan­guage?

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

PRIME Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard has an­nounced she will in­sti­tute a plan, at great ex­pense, to be­gin the process of teach­ing Aus­tralian chil­dren an Asian lan­guage. Seems that this is nec­es­sary, aswe are to be dragged closer to our Asian neigh­bours.

We have to ask, “What will be the ben­e­fit to our chil­dren to learn anAsian lan­guage?”

Will it make them bet­ter pre­pared to deal with the hordes ofAsian tourists that will, in fu­ture, flood into the coun­try? Well, our chil­dren might be able to com­mu­ni­cate with tourists, as they pull rick­shaws around the CBDs of our cities.

The money that will be spent on Asian lan­guage teach­ers (and the rest of the in­fra­struc­ture) would be bet­ter spent teach­ing our chil­dren maths, chem­istry, physics and ge­ol­ogy, so they could be pre­pared to take their place in the con­tin­u­ing de­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia.

Un­less, of course, the plan is to turn our once pros­per­ous Aus­tralia into a tourist won­der­land and al­low the man­u­fac­tur­ing and food pro­duc­tion to be out­sourced to other nations.

How long do we have to en­dure the mad­cap poli­cies of our short-sighted politi­cians? Jay Nauss Glen Aplin

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