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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - February 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Goodwill and common purpose characterised sixth convention in a spirit of Goodwill and common purpose delegates to the sixth australian citizenship convention9 held in Canberra last month discussed Many questions vital to Australia s immigration and assimilation plans they passed resolutions dealing with housing recognition of professional skills among migrants9 youth recreation in centres and hostels naturalization migrant education and the most appropriate Way of celebrating Australia Day. The desirability of formulating a charter of australian citizenship was also discussed. Delegates recommended that this question be referred to the minister and the advisory Council with a View to its probable re submission at the convention of 1956. Here is the scene at the opening ceremony As or Holt welcomes delegates to the convention. The minister for immigration or. Holt reviewed Australia s immigration activities Over the past 12 months and gave an outline of the government s plans or the next financial year. The minister said that a could not announce the number of migrants to be ought during the ensuing ear until he had consulted the the prime minister on his return from England. Referring to British migration minister said that die Ausalia government had renewed 15, assisted passages scheme with the United kingdom for a Rod of two years from april 1 he said that during those v ears Australia would a favour to persuade the . Wye rement to make a thorough View of its migration policies neurally. Or. Holt said that such a re View was Long overdue in relation to emigration from Britain to other parts of the Commonwealth. It would be Well he said if something of a longer duration and stronger character was planned to take the place of the present scheme before it ran out. In his speech at the opening ceremony the minister for immigration or. Holt expressed the opinion that British leaders did not seem conscious of the urgent strategic need for distributing throughout the British Commonwealth some of the vulnerable population of the United kingdom. Or. Holt said that extra Effort would have to be made by Australia if the present intake rate were to be maintained. We must develop a pull towards Australia based on the attractiveness of this country at a time when the attractions of Europe Are Strong said or. Holt. The Commonwealth is paying close attention to the problem of making housing conditions More attractive for migrants he continued and we Hope that the states will agree to a uniform policy on the housing of migrants under the Commonwealth state housing the minister said that letters being received by the department of immigration indicated interest in Australia among skilled workers of the United states. He said that during the coming year a Strong bid would be made to attract such migrants. The general assisted passage scheme under which migrants Are helped by the payment of �37/10/ towards their passage Money is applicable to the United states Finland Den Mark Norway and Sweden or. Holt said that there would be increasing difficulties for Australia in obtaining the numbers of migrants desired for Australia because of the present settled achieved or even exceed the convention was opened on january 25 by the governor general of Australia fiend marshal sir William slim. His excellency commended the work of the Good Neighbour movement As a safeguard against two Potenti Al dangers in Large scale immigration. These were that Newcom ers might form separate communities of their own within the Community and that by sheer weight of numbers Fiey might in time radically alter the australian National character and Outlook. Fat which if incorporated to knew australian the monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. No. 14 Canberra feb.1955 i.c.e.m., dutch views put to delegates overseas conditions affecting the availability of migrants for Australia were outlined to delegates by the Deputy director of the intergovernmental committee for european migration or. Pierre Jacobsen and the Netherlands minister for social affairs Hon. J. G. Surhoff. Or. Jacobsen told the convention that improving conditions in Europe had three main effects on the immigration potential. These were a a fewer men and women now feel that Europe offers them no future and so they feel no need to emigrate. This is particularly True of North Europe. A workers whose skills Are most useful for developing industries overseas Are now much in demand in Europe. A some of the european governments which have been most conscious of the need to solve their excess population problems can now give More attention to internal absorption by extensive economic development schemes. Australia was aware of the problem said or. Jacobsen and was considering ways of attracting the migrants it needed. He suggested that there might be scope for the use of Semi skilled workers and for their training to skilled status. He also commended to Australia s attention the Large body of experienced Farmers for whom full use cannot be made in Europe. Or. Surhoff said that the work of the churches and voluntary organisations for migrants in Australia had its counterpart in Holland. The Good Neighbour work Here declared or. Surhoff links up with the equally important work of similar organisations in the Netherlands and elsewhere aimed at preparing the migrant for his new life in this country acquainting him with the opportunities and difficulties which will await him Here and in general creating the Best possible conditions for assuring the Success of the integration or. Surhoff said that the Netherlands regarded migration As a matter of Long term planning. Or. Surhoff gave a Clear picture of his government s policy. He said that the Netherlands government realised the need for emigration even though some employers were Short of experienced staff and that consideration was being Given to facilitating emigration still further. I have now been Able to convince myself personally he said that migrants in general have managed to adapt themselves excellency to the australian Way of life and that this has helped to make them appreciated by your nation both As people and As workers. I am firmly convinced that the collaboration Between the Netherlands and Australia in the migration Field will cause fruits such As those already yielded to Ripen even More abundantly in the future said or.

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