Posts Tagged ‘government policy’

Walpiri speaker denied use of Walpiri in Australian state parliament

17 February 2016

According to “Aboriginal minister Bess Price denied request to speak Indigenous language in NT Parliament,” a speaker of Walpiri (wbp) who stated she feels better able to express herself in her native tongue, Walpiri, was not allowed to speak Walpiri in the local parliament because it would cause disorder. The speaker is Bess Nungarrayi Price, a minister for the Northern Territory.

The article quotes Minister Kezia Purick, speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, as stating that English is the official language of Australia, but according to Wikipedia, English is the national language, not the official language, there.

Price has requested clarification of the language policy, which has allowed non-English usage from time to time in the past.

Balancing Rights for Anglophones and Francophones

22 April 2013

Our Linguistic Duality Must be a Legal Reality by Irwin Cotler, April 22, 2013.

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Advisory Council Discussed in Juneau

1 February 2012

Yesterday, the Alaska State Senate heard testimony on Senate Bill 130, which would create an advisory council for the preservation and revitalization of Alaskan languages.

Titled “An Act establishing in the Office of the Governor an advisory council for the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages,” the proposed law appears to have no parallel version in the House.

See “Senate hears strong support for Native language council” and “Alaska Native Language Preservation Council legislation” for more information.