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Great Literacy Debate: English in Contemporary Australia, The
In this book the issues and priorities of Australian literacy are identified and openly debated by some of Australia's best-known journalists, writers and scholars.
Contributors to The Great Literacy Debate explore Australian English and new kinds of literacy for our new Australian society. They state their concerns, declare their interests and advocate fresh approaches to today's problems of literacy.
We Australians should be proud of our 200 years of unique linguistic heritage. At the same time, we should cultivate creative expression and strongly encourage our Aboriginal and migrant writers. Equally, we should be on guard against exclusiveness in the jargon of the professions or of science and technology – and also against the utilitarian focus on functional literacy and the debasing of English in the classroom.
A vibrant Australian culture must express far richer and more humanistic forms of literacy than those that are merely adequate for economic efficiency.