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8 July 2011 14:58

A week late, but via Greg Sheridan comes this amazing and disheartening statistic:

...there are fewer Australian Year 12 students taking Indonesian now than there were in the 1970s. The same trend of decline is evident in universities.

Earlier this year I signed up for a TAFE night course in Canberra to learn introductory Indonesian. I was looking forward to the class, but just before it was due to start I received a phone call: the class had been cancelled because there wasn't enough interest. In our nation's capital they couldn't find a dozen adults interested in learning the language of our largest and most important neighbour.

Seventy-seven percent of Australians say they want a closer relationship with Indonesia; they just don't want to be involved.

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