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Taiwanese interpreter shortlisted for ‘best job’

world Updated: Mar 27, 2009 00:29 IST

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A Taiwanese interpreter has been shortlisted for “the best job in the world” after launching an online pitch that highlighted her ability to sell Australia to a billion-plus Chinese speakers.

Clare Wang is now in with a shot at securing the dream job, in which the successful applicant will be generously paid to spend six months on a tropical Australian island, organiser Tourism Queensland said. Wang made the final 11 applicants as a wildcard entrant, attracting 151,676 votes from the public, almost three times as many as her closest rivals.

Tourism Queensland chief Anthony Hayes said Wang had done a remarkable job of promoting herself and become an overnight media celebrity in Taiwan. “She has been in every newspaper, on every TV network in the country, plus online media and social networking sites,” he said.

In her online pitch, posted on Youtube, Wang says her interests include diving, sky diving and mountain climbing, although she added: “I’ve yet to try bungee jumping.”

The winner of the competition will become “caretaker” of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, receiving 150,000 Australian dollars for six months work and free airfare.