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Promoting Indonesian language in WA

  • John Hyde MLA

Perth, Western Australia   /   Sat, May 19 2012   /  12:12 pm

West Australia (WA) already has the most multicultural population of the Australian states but the WA Barnett government has failed to take advantage of our relationship with Indonesia and its huge potential.

While Queensland has strategically and consistently built on its relationship as the closest state to Japan with significant economic, tourist and language benefits, WA has not taken its relationship with Indonesia to similar levels.

With a population of about 240 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation, the world’s third biggest democracy and home to a rapidly expanding middle-class. The International Monetary Fund projects Indonesia will achieve one of the fastest growth rates of the world’s 18 largest economies between 2009-2015, outstripping even the powerhouse economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

In 2004, the Federal Parliamentâ€...