In recent months, the issue of cuts to language programs at Australian universities has received significant media attention. We have collated below some of these articles. Please contact ASAA if you know of other articles that should be featured here. We’ve also included links to petitions circulating on this issue, and articles on our Asian Currents blog as well as ASAA statements.

Opinion pieces 

 ‘Closure of Indonesian language programs in Australian universities will weaken ties between the two countries‘ The Conversation, 21 April 

Maraknya penutupan program bahasa Indonesia di berbagai kampus Australia akan lemahkan hubungan kedua negara

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/16/cutting-asian-language-courses-at-australian-universities-hurting-students-job-prospects-experts-say

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/economic-diplomacy-global-tax-education-exports-and-team-australia

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-uni-cuts-threaten-to-make-us-the-bogans-of-the-pacific-20210326-p57ehg.html#comments

https://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/blogs/aef-advocates/education-consultant/2021/02/25/looking-to-languages-new-opportunities-right-on-our-doorstep

https://asialink.unimelb.edu.au/stories/creativity-and-crisis-indonesian-in-australian-schoolshttps://www.aspistrategist.org.au/its-time-australians-knew-their-indonesian-neighbour-better/

https://theconversation.com/axing-protection-for-national-strategic-languages-is-no-way-to-build-ties-with-asia-154555

https://www.humanities.org.au/civicrm?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=8783&qid=308550

https://asiasociety.org/australia/australias-language-deficit-threat-its-role-global-economy

https://www.smh.com.au/national/dumb-and-dumber-language-cuts-risk-australia-s-regional-relationships-20201214-p56n7h.html

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/dumb-and-dumber-language-cuts-risk-australia-s-regional-relationships-20201214-p56n7h.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/australia-Indonesia-relations-need-to-talk-the-talk

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/the-tip-of-the-iceberg-murdoch-university-is-the-latest-australian-university-to-announce-plan-to-abolish-indonesian-studies

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-05/asian-language-programs-fights-to-stay-hindi-indonesian/12934096

https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/education/unis-give-up-teaching-indonesian-just-when-we-need-our-close-neighbour-20201209-p56m3a

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/swinburne-looks-to-cut-all-foreign-language-studies-as-pandemic-bites-20201204-p56ksq.html?mc_cid=4540e3afe4&mc_eid=9a65a22c19#:~:text=%E2%80%9CWe%20are%20proposing%20to%20cease,of%20study%20through%20another%20university

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/don-t-rely-luck-making-most-fta-indonesia

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/time-reverse-indonesian-language-disaster-our-shores

Campaigns, reports and Media releases 

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/save-foreign-languages-swinburne-university-and-protect-swinburne-s-reputation?fbclid=IwAR3FRy2AroHWqP6GNuz8ZHxaKZkEUSPBLCpm2w5IwdPQKJOuvt3yU93_0BM&mc_cid=4540e3afe4&mc_eid=9a65a22c19

https://www.aigroup.com.au/policy-and-research/mediacentre/releases/uni-language-programs-14Dec/

http://www.murdoch.edu.au/ALTC-Fellowship/_document/final_report/ALTC_NTF_Indonesian_in_Australian_Universities_FINAL_REPORT.pdf

Articles and statements by ASAA