Australia prides itself on its pluralism (any other readers here grow up with We are one, but we are many…?) in many facets of life, but not in language. Why is this? Why is Australia apparently so threatened by multilingualism? (I find this genuinely puzzling, maybe some anthropologist can explain it…)
To all those people who want to comment on Australia Talks Back about how terrible it is that ‘the aborigines can’t speak English’, let me ask you this: why do you care so much what language someone in Arnhem Land speaks?