"Australian exports to Asian countries are worth around $250 billion a year, so the region is economically and strategically crucial to Australia's future. But neither state nor federal governments have ever acknowledged that Anglo-Australian kids refuse to spend the 2200 hours needed to get a real grasp of an Asian language - because it's just too damned hard."
Source:Why Asian language studies fall on deaf ears
August 19, 2013
By Geoff Maslen
The AGE newspaper