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I found this when I was browsing for a similar function myself, so I'm sorry for arriving late to the party! :-) I'm just posting this in case anyone else is looking for a similar answer.
There are a couple of CPAN modules which appear to do a similar job. Specifically XML::Hash and XML::Hash::LX.
Both modules predate the 2012 date of the question by a couple of years.
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