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Title

  • Motions English Language
  • Motions - English Language - Make official language and encourage use

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Fraser Anning</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate:</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2018-08-23.44.1) introduced by Senator [Fraser Anning](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/queensland/fraser_anning), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate:*
  • > *(a) acknowledges that:*
  • >> *(i) a common language is the cornerstone of culture, sense of community and identity as a nation,*
  • >> *(ii) English has been, since the first settlement, the common language of Australia,*
  • >> *(iii) English remains the language spoken by the overwhelming majority of Australians, with most Australians speaking no other language, and*
  • >> *(iv) speaking English is an essential part of assimilation and integration by migrants;*
  • > *(b) notes that:*
  • >> *(i) English may be considered the de facto language of Australia, however, it is not explicitly declared the official language of Australia,*
  • >> *(ii) a number of nations recognise their official language within their Constitution, including France, Spain, Italy, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq,*
  • >> *(iii) thirty-one American States have legislated to declare English as the official language, and*
  • >> *(iv) on 10 April 2018, the Strathfield City Council passed a motion stating 'All signage is to be displayed in the English language, with a direct or near direct translation into another language using smaller letters or characters. Where signage includes a translation into another language, this must not exceed more than 30 per cent of the overall size of the English language text'; and*
  • > *(c) calls on the Federal Government to:*
  • >> *(i) recognise English as the official language of Australia, and*
  • >> *(ii) encourage the use of English on all shop signs throughout the country.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) acknowledges that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) a common language is the cornerstone of culture, sense of community and identity as a nation,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) English has been, since the first settlement, the common language of Australia,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iii) English remains the language spoken by the overwhelming majority of Australians, with most Australians speaking no other language, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iv) speaking English is an essential part of assimilation and integration by migrants;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) English may be considered the de facto language of Australia, however, it is not explicitly declared the official language of Australia,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) a number of nations recognise their official language within their Constitution, including France, Spain, Italy, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iii) thirty-one American States have legislated to declare English as the official language, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iv) on 10 April 2018, the Strathfield City Council passed a motion stating 'All signage is to be displayed in the English language, with a direct or near direct translation into another language using smaller letters or characters. Where signage includes a translation into another language, this must not exceed more than 30 per cent of the overall size of the English language text'; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(c) calls on the Federal Government to:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) recognise English as the official language of Australia, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) encourage the use of English on all shop signs throughout the country.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is that motion No. 1007 standing in the name of Senator Anning be agreed to.</p>