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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - February 1, 1953, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration delegates migrants met to Plain assimilation nation United Australia s biggest land most representative convention of Citi Sens met in Canberra last month at Australia s fourth citizenship convention. The delegates represented All walks of life and had come from All states of Australia. Main aim of the convention was the successful assimilation a of new settlers into the australian Community. He delegates were representing Commonwealth ind state parliaments churches Trade unions employer organisations sport bodies press and radio departments of state and hundreds of voluntary organisations. Features of the convention Jere the unanimous support liven by All Community leaders for the immigration programme outlined by the minister for immigration or. Holt and the Ideal common to All delegates the rapid assimilation of newcomers into the National family. The weather throughout Contention week matched the spirit enthusiasm and Goodwill Khich characterised the discussions of delegates to the Confer ence. Approaches to the Albert jail where the general Asse were held were flanked Ith flags and the surrounding awns were Bright with Flowers. During the week delegates net for discussion groups in the signified setting of the Canberra grammar school where they worked into the night framing resolutions As recommendations of the australian government in carrying out of the immigrant programme. i. Pyfer. H. E. Holt m.p., Commonwealth minister Foi immigration opened the Conven Hon. Among the guests at the opening ceremony were Dele-1 Gates diplomatic representatives 5 from Many countries state and = Federal parliamentarians and a distinguished representatives of 5 Australia s armed services. = Omli in opening the convention the minister for immigration paid High tribute to new settlers for the excellent contribution they had already made to Australia s Industry and National development. The minister quoted figures which showed that migrants had been responsible for a significant increase in the output of materials vital to Many industries in Australia. On the second Day of the convention or. Holt told delegates of the government s plans for 1953. The minister said that Australia s migration intake would be reduced to 80,000. Half of these would be British and 20,000 of them would come to Australia on assisted passages. The minister announced the government s intention of suspending the Commonwealth nomination scheme which had been introduced during 1950. Or. Holt said that it was planned to place increasing emphasis on family units among migrants rather than on Singh workers during the following twelve months. Ii nations club opens this month the a nations club Wilt probably open about the Middle of this month the president of the club s Board sir Robert Garran has announced. It object of the club is to promote better under. A. Standing Between old and Lew australians Botjo groups being eligible lore membership. Already More than 1,500, applications for membership have j in received. J sir Robert Garran said the Clu b s of on on premises in Swater Road King s Cross j Sydney formerly the country Omen s association Hostel expired on december 31, but had been renewed until february 14. The club needed More contributions to finance the Purchase of the Bui Ding but was confident f getting them before the option expired. The club s articles have been amended to Grant foundation membership to All who apply before March 31. People who wish to join should write to the All nations p club Box 56, g.p.o., Sydney. Application forms should be j accompanied by five guineas Entrance fee and five guineas membership fee. A thank Yon w from dutch in Canberra of Christmas time the Good Neighbour received Many messages of greeting but there was one for which we were particularly grateful because we Felt that it was directed to All members of the Good Neighbour movement throughout Australia. "w7e reproduce the message a a 1 1 r. 1here because of the Assurance it conveys that the work we Are doing is Worth while. It is headed a word of thanks and goes on this letter is a word of thanks to the people who do the Best to make the new australians to feel Home. In the first place to the staff of the immigration department in Canberra. All the dutch migrants in Canberra want to thank you so much for All the work and help that the staff did for the new australians. We understand it is very difficult to make the new australians Happy and satisfied in a strange country. But i must say i and Many friends of me appreciate your hard work. We like Australia it is really a Beautiful country. I Haven t seen much of this country but i think Canberra is one of the Beautiful places. The Lovely nature where every one can be contented if they have an Eye for the nature like the Birds Trees Flowers mountains Sunset Etc., Etc. In name of All the dutch eople we wish you All a very merry Christmas and a very Happy and prosperous new y a. I am sure in the new year you will help us again and you get never tired of helping the new australian. A my turn tin and we will do us Best to work hard together with the old australians to make Australia big. And now i sign this letter with Many Best regards from All the dutch Anny Kokxhoorn migrants Good at harvesting a tribute to the part played by new australians in helping to bring in the wheat Harvest in Queensland this season was paid by the president of the Daiby chamber of Commerce or. H. S. Williams. Or. Williams said that More than half the 700 men who had come to Coalby for the Harvest were new australians. Their employers he said speak in very High terms of them. If it had not been for migrants i do not know where we would have been with the record or. Williams was speaking at a meeting of the chamber at which it agreed to accept representation on the Dalby new settlers league. Minister tells new australians keep your colourful traditions Australia had no desire to deprive new australians of their colourful traditions the minister for immigration or. Holt told migrants at a meeting of the new settlers league at Orange . The want to be enriched by your Art music and professional experience he said. The term assimilation was frequently misunderstood or. Holt continued. It did not mean that migrants should submerge entirely All their traditional customs and slavishly copy australian habits and customs. Assimilation was the greatest problem facing european migrants he said. Only a Small minority of australians resented the attempts of migrants to merge with the australian Community. Australians As a whole warm heatedly Welcome migrants or. Holt said. Members of the new settlers league Are giving up their spare time to achieve co operation and Mutual understanding and their efforts Are assisting in the absorption of the 720,000 migrants who have come to Australia since the now which one would you pick miss Josephine Horak from Sydney tried to pick the one Australia face on the wheel at the citizenship convention. Her Choice showed on the top panels As wrong polish. What is your Choice see Page 2. 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