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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Dec 1 1960, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - December 1, 1960, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Here s a portrait of a modern a australian miss meet 11 year old Mary Grainger of Sydney. We met her recently during Adelaide s Holland festival staged by the South australian dutch Community to celebrate 10 years of dutch migration to that state. She was helping her Mother mrs. Gretchen Grainger demonstrate spinning and High fashion weaving and As soon As we saw her we knew that readers of the Good Neighbour would like to meet her too. Why because we think that Mary typifies the Type of skilled self reliant citizen Australia is product i n g through immigration. Though she was born in Australia and her Mother is English Mary s background is a mixture of dutch and scottish As Well. Mrs. Grainger had dutch grandparents but earlier ancestors had migrated to Holland from Scotland changing the scottish family name from Melville to the dutch Melvill. Skill at spinning and weaving a so much a traditional part of the dutch and scottish Peoples a runs in to family. Australia already receive Benefit from it in the work mrs. Grainger does As a textile designer in Sydney. Dutch minister in Australia the Netherlands minister in charge of emigration or. Charles j. M. A. Van Rooy spent eight Days in Australia last month As a guest of the government. In an almost non Stop round of activities or. Van Rooy interviewed Many dutch migrants and visited dutch housing schemes in Sydney port Kemble and Melbourne. In Canberra he was guest of honour at a ministerial luncheon tendered by the Commonwealth government. In Melbourne he conferred with the state Premier or. Bolte and the victorian minister for immigration and housing or. Petty. In Sydney or. Van Rooy met the Premier of new South Wales or. He tron and the state minister for housing or. Landa. The Jool wishes 4ia,5tra ian5 everywhere a be Chris Twila and a Happy 1961. No. 83 december 1960 naturalisation procedure to be eased the minister for immigration or. Do incr recently introduced into the House of representatives a Bill to simplify the procedure a migrant must follow when applying for australian citizenship. The Bill to Amend the act is designed to improve it will abolish the present obligation on an applicant to produce three certificates of character and will eliminate the necessity for an applicant to make a statutory declaration of his name age address occupation and Birthplace. Instead of having to make the statutory declaration the applicant will have to furnish in support of his application a signed statement setting out certain details. Moving the second Reading of the Bill or. Downer said the reforms it contained were based on the experience of the department of immigration. The Burden on the applicant to Supply three certificates of character has proved of Little practical value Over the years " he added. Indeed i believe it has sometimes deterred some of our new settlers from applying for less trouble on the provision abolishing the statutory declaration or. Downer said it was proposed to save the applicant the trouble of finding a Justice of the peace or commissioner for declarations before whom the form must be signed. He added under the new procedure an applicant for registration or naturalisation May come to the offices of my department in the capital City of the state in which he resides and give the information verbally to officers. They will write it Down and hand the applicant a form to sign. " alternatively application forms will continue to be distributed through Good Neighbour nationality and citizenship the rate of naturalisation. Councils and those voluntary organisations such As Apex and rotary who Are willing to assist. Residents of country areas will not be required to come to the department s offices in a capital City for this purpose. Interviews will still be carried out by either Commonwealth employment service officers or local police according to the locality. They in turn will Send their reports of these interviews to my department. Thus a somewhat cold Legal process will give Way to what i Hope will be always a Friendly encounter Between an applicant and a departmental official. Without wishing to claim too much i am hopeful that if the House agrees to this simplification of procedure the whole machinery of naturalisation will become easier More co operative and More attractive to the Many thousands we Are anxious to clothe with full citizenship or. Downer

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