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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - August 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Canberra August 1959 no. 67 monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. I a european Prosperity we must Tep up overseas publicity there must be in creased publicity in All migrant source countries if Australia s to succeed fully in maintain ing her immigration programme. The minister for immigration or. Downer said this ast month. I cannot emphasise too in Only that Australia must advertise her attractions in a Ivna Mic and positive manner he said. We have succeeded very Well so far with slender resources but it must be remembered that conditions in the migrant source Raun tries Are constantly changing. In the earlier Days of postwar migration people were ready and anxious to escape the disturbed conditions of Europe. A Security today they have the Security of prosperous economies. It follows that to encourage immigration Australia must be prepared to spend a Little More o get the kind of people we want and in the numbers we peed. In the past we have had a glorious Era of immigration with Large numbers who by their Quality and their Industry have demonstrated their great value o Australia. Migrants As much As anybody have convinced Australia a hat migration is Good for us. My Faith in Australia and our future is such that i know e have so much to offer that need never Lack sufficient migrants. But we have got to convince the people overseas of of test facts. The Only Way we can do it by using business methods to promote our own country. Given the adequate material can do the ? he left the sea to become p. C. Former scottish master Mariner David Clark graduated As a police Constable in Melbourne last month. Such a marked change in careers plus a new Start in a strange land might have daunted Many a lesser Man. Hut 15 Stone 6ft. Tin. David took it All in his stride. I always had a yen to be a policeman he said flexing Broad shoulders which would have done a Champion scrum half proud. But David s main reason for giving up the sea was that his wife Sarah hated being a grass widow. It was Plain terrible she said recently. Thank heavens those Days Are Over now with their Long separations and David 28, went to sea As a dec boy when 15 years old. At 20, he won his first mate s certificate and three years later his master s certificate. Eleven years in ships took him All Over the world a except the country which was to be his future Home. David decided to Migrate after hearing Good reports of Australia from his father and Mother two Brothers and three Sisters who had settled Here earlier. He arrived in Melbourne in the liner Strathairn 18 months ago with his wife and son David now 5. A above a big smile dad said David jnr., when he took this picture after his father s graduation ceremony. A minister reports on overseas Surrey a maintain migrant numbers he minister fort immigration or. Downer returned to Australia on july 13 after an on the spot Survey of every australian migration Post in the United kingdom and Europe. He left Australia on May 14 to investigate the methods that would be necessary to enable Australia to recruit migrants in the knowledge that the increased Prosperity of Britain and Europe had lessened the desire of europeans to leave their own countries. Australia could without difficulty maintain her immigration programme at the rate of 115,000 migrants of the right Type each year. The minister for immigration or. Downer said he was confident of this after inspecting Australia s migration posts overseas. Or. Downer said As a result of new ideas and adjustments adopted in the various countries and in the Light of the discussions i have held with ministers political leaders and government officers of All emigration countries i believe Australia can be assured of receiving a continuing flow of excellent migrants including a High proportion of the skilled workers we need As Well As their families. As i completed my Survey of each country i announced a series of new measures which have either been introduced immediately or which will very soon be translated into action and i believe these Are already Well known to the australian people. Recruiting these announcements were made in London and at press conferences during my visits to Copenhagen Rome Athens the Hague and Bonn. In this statement i wish to report results not previously announced. We Are assured of an in creased flow of migrants from the scandinavian countries and Germany. I have plans in mind to reorganise the recruiting machinery in Scandinavia which will entail some major changes in the operational Field. With the implementation of these plans i believe that in time we can reach a figure of 7.000 migrants a year from a More from Germany Scandinavia Finland. Sweden and Denmark and possibly even from Norway. We will draw most of them from Finland and Sweden. In Germany where government policy is unsympathetic to emigration i have succeeded in negotiating an agreement for a 25 per cent increase in the number of assisted migrants and to provide for a 25 per cent increase in the proportion of skilled workers. In Hie Overall intake we expect to get a total of 11,000 germans in 1959-60. These encouraging prospects depend to some extent on arrangements to be ironed out in Australia. Although we can expect Only a slight improvement in the numbers of migrants from the Netherlands in the coming year i am confident that with increased promotional activity we can even achieve an intake of 15,000 dutch settlers a not easy i have completed my Mission greatly heartened or. Downer said. The task ahead will not be easy. We shall have to work hard and be prepared to spend More. But the reception Given to my plans for increased British migration to the continuing arrangements for migration from Northern Europe and to the arrangements for migration from Italy Greece and France is such that i believe Australia will continue to be a most favoured nation for emigration from visas for handicapped refugees a Page 3

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