Clear outcomes from Queensland State Language Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Olivia Robinson from Brisbane with Hervey Bay representative, Fiona Foley at the Brisbane conference in June.
QUEENSLAND language workers have prepared a proposal for the State Minister for Education, calling for changes to the LOTE program to include indigenous language as a study option where available.

Two days of solid work produced a range of constructive proposals from the Queensland State Language Conference, held in Brisbane at the end of June.

The motion to the Minister, Mr Dean Wells requested that

A.    The traditional indigenous language of a region be adopted as the LOTE where the traditional local community and the school consider it appropriate.

B.    That resources be made available for the development of principles and processes for implementation of an indigenous language program in Queensland.

C. That in schools where the traditional language is adopted as the LOTE it be extended to all students who wish to participate.

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Gordon Pablo from Far North Queensland.
D. That the Minister consider these recommendations within the context of the recently complete review of the LOTE program and implement them in accordance with the timeline developed for implementing the recommendations of that review.

The meeting was attended by representatives of all language regions in the State, ATSIC Language Portfolio Commissioners, Regional Councillors and Administrative staff, the FATSIL Chairperson, Lester Coyne and Education Department personnel.

Eve Fesl and Renata Prior were elected as the FATSIL delegates for Queensland, while the appointment of a Torres Strait Island representative was deferred.