F’artiklu li deher fil-Malta Independent on Sunday ta’ llum Joseph Carmel Chetcuti, Malti-Awstraljan, jesprimi dubji fuq il-ġejjieni tal-lingwa Maltija fl-Awstralja:
As at the 2006 Australian Census, the number of Australians speaking Maltese at home was 36,514, compared to 41,250 in 2001 and 45,243 in 1996. The 2006 figures represent a drop of 19.29% when compared with the 1996 figures. Given that many of those who speak Maltese at home are over the age of 60, the number of Maltese speakers will invariably go for a nosedive by 2016. There are also reports of dwindling numbers of students studying Maltese at Year 12. And they have been dwindling from what were already unhealthy numbers of students!
The Maltese language is not yet dead in Australia but you do not have to be a prophet to predict its passing away. The challenge for the Maltese community in Australia is not to seek to reverse the trend but to mould a ‘Maltese reality’, if that is what Australians of Maltese descent want, that is not under the influence of language and religion. In this regard, the community councils that are scattered across Australia have failed miserably to face up to this challenge.