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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Apr 1 1955, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - April 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Migrants play big part in Industry some impressions of the valuable part played by migrants in building up australian Industry May be gathered from a Survey made by the department of labour and National service recently. The Survey deals with a Cross Section of 613 firms and its findings indicate that Australia s Post War newcomers Are making a very substantial contribution to Basic industries in this country. These Basic industries make development possible in a Large number of Oiler Fields so that an improved situation in the Basic industries Lias a cumulative improved Eileen 011 the whole of Australia s Industrial Economy. While new settlers in the australian Community represented 8 per cent of the population their percentage in the total australian work lure is ii. In the work Force engaged in Basic industries substantially More than 11 per cent of the total employment of some of the firms covered were Post War migrants of non British origin. Approximate percentages in eluded bricks and tiles 14 smelting converting refining rolling of Iron and steel 22 founding casting etc., 16 Agri cultural machines and implements 25 Power d5 Hospital Domestic stalls 18. In private building 67 major contractors were covered by the Survey the percentage was 14. An important effect of migrant labour in the building in dust has been the continued improve Niento in the housing situation in the Post War years. Over the past three years Lor example Australia has built Home accommodation Lor 880,000 people against an All Over population increase of about 600,000 in that period. Australia is now building Between 75,000 and 80,000 houses and hats each year. As the minister Lor immigration or. Izolt pointed out to the citizenship convention about 40 per cent of the building work Force is made up of Post War migrants. Mounting those employed a the authority and by contractors about 60 per cent of the workers on the snowy mountains project Are migrants. Tribute by leading world publication a warm Iri Buie 1o inc Good Neighbour movement was published in the internationally famous Christian science Monitor in a article by its australian correspondent or. Albert e. Norman. Or. Norman wrote a then came a Good Neighbour. The crisis Point in Many personal stories in Australia turns on thai handful of words like the Story of Little Helga or. N orman described How Helga had been in a succession us German refugee Camps since she was 12. J Hen the family emigrated to Australia. 1 pro ugly 110 fault of its own this German family ran into a series of problems which left Little Helga without a Home then along came a Good Neighbour. 1 his Good Neighbour took Helga into her Home and cared Lor her until the Schmidt family Yot 011 its feet again. " 1 he depth of gratitude which this German family feels Lor that Good Neighbour writes or. Norman cannot be readily expressed in its rather limited who Are these Good neigh Livours who come Forward when the going becomes unexpectedly Lough asks or. Norman. And lie answers his own question As follows. As individuals the do not Eek publicity nor does More than Small fraction of their Good iced Ever get into print. " 1 he Good Neighbours Are the Nany thousands i australian men lid women who h Ive voluntarily Onie Forward to form the aus Ralian Good Neighbour move Lent which is devoted to helping lie thousands of new Titi ens who a ave poured into this vast thinly people land since the end of the eco jul world War. I throughout Australia the a Ood Neighbours have More than 00 branches waiting to help the newcomers Settle in. The Basic policy of the Good j Neighbour movement is to pro i Iok understanding Between Kople in this it does not Only Romute an understanding of the australian Way of life among the i new citi7ens with whom it is in i act but also seeks to Proi Nole n understanding of the new Riti ens viewpoint among native or. Norman that one of h tilings which the Good neigh

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