The second pillar of the Australian nation is the English language, which came with the settlement in 1788.This was not just the language of everyday use, but at its heart were those masterpieces, the Authorised or King James Version of the Bible, the Book of Com¬mon Prayer, and of course the works of Shakespeare.
The result is that Australia now has English as its one national language, a fact which does not of course mean that other languages cannot be used or encouraged. We are extremely fortunate. We speak what has clearly become not only the language with the largest vocabulary, but what is today the international language. This gives the nation a comparative advantage in such areas as education, business and research.