Mackerras' brother, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, was a distinguished conductor and a world authority on the operas of Janacek and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
The vote to renew the Italian parliament in Sunday proved one of the most divisive and uncertain elections in years for the country.
In the third place was a center-left coalition led by Democratic Party, which ruled the cabinets in the last legislature, with some 23 percent.
To compile the scale, called "China's Standards of English Language Ability", experts spent three years collecting data from 160,000 students and teachers and conducted research and studies at more than 1,500 schools in 28 provinces.
"I think the local people thought we were rather strange because in those days, the Chinese government had a low opinion of Australia."