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“The Australian Bureau of Statistics released research highlighting the benefits of maintaining Indigenous languages to enhance young peoples’ wellbeing. The research found that young people who spoke an Indigenous language – almost half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote areas between the ages of 15 to 24 [sic] were less likely to participate in high-risk drinking and drug abuse than those young people who did not speak a traditional language.”

Resource cited:

Commonwealth Parliament, and Parliament House. House of Representatives Committees. Home – Parliament of Australia, CorporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; Address=Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600; Contact=+61 2 6277 7111, 2 Apr. 2014,