ACOSS calls for $5m language funding boost PDF Print E-mail
The Australian Council of Social Service, in its December 2002 Budget Priorities for Indigenous Australia, has called on the Federal Government to allocate an additional $5 million to language retrieval and maintenance programs in 2004-20005.

The report also recommends $5 million in funding for the Northern Territory Aboriginal interpreter service, so that it is freely accessible to non-government organisations, and a feasibility study into establishing a national network of accessible Aboriginal language and interpreter services.

ACOSS has proposed that the Government commission an assessment of the level of funds required for Indigenous cultural expression and for protection of Indigenous cultural heritage, with a view to the development and implementation of a strategy to foster and support culural expression.

FATSIL Chairperson Lester Coyne said the Language body welcomes the recommendations and will add its weight to measures taken by ACOSS to achieve greater support and recognition for cultural preservation.

Copies of the full report and recommendations can be printed from the ACOSS website, http://www.acoss.org/.
 
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