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According to the World Economic Forum's 2012-2013 ranking of global competitiveness, Australia placed 20th, behind Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Canada, Taiwan, Denmark, Qatar, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, and Switzerland.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
A laugh a day
Junny Ebenezer founded the first Indonesian community language school in Australia. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in education; her dissertation focusing on cross-cultural skills development. Writing from Singapore, Junny shares her thoughts on bilingual education and her observations of the educational and linguistic experiences of her children within the Singapore system.
The annual Brookes Oration honours the significant contribution of Sir Wilfred Brookes, grandson of Alfred Deakin, the second Prime Minister of Australia after whom Deakin University is named.
This year's oration, Gender equality and diversity, will be delivered by Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Retired), former Chief of Army, champion of human rights. Lieutenant General Morrison was awarded 2016 Australian of the Year for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
Despite having one of the most multilingual societies in the world, rates of language uptake in Australian schools are low, with the number of Year 12 students studying a second language dropping in the past 50 years from 40 per cent to 12 per cent.
The people who have occupied south-west Western Australia for 30,000 years are determined to ensure the survival of their Noongar language.