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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - February 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Toth australian citizenship convention Issue get migrants from . The government will open a migration office in the United states if there is an encouraging response to its new assisted passages plan for american Grants. The minister for immigration or. Downer announced this at the australian citizenship convention in Canberra last month. He recalled his announcement last december of the government s decision to increase Cash assistance to approximately half the assisted passage fares of migrants from the United states Switzerland and the scandinavian countries. Or. Downer said the government would be pleased to develop a regular flow of migrants from the United states especially those with technical skills and a certain amount of capital. But. Despite similarities Between australians and americans. And consequent ease in assimilation too spectacular a response should not be expected because the United states was still a country of absorption not of surplus population. Or. Downer said that a number of americans had written to him personally to inquire what prospects Australia could offer for settlement. 14,000 Here since the War nearly 14.000 americans had settled in Australia but most of these had paid their own faces. Or. Downer said that the government would make a bid for settlers from Belgium France and the scandinavian countries As Well As continuing the migrant flow from the United kingdom and Central and Southern Europe. He warned that with rising Prosperity in the old world and greater Competition for migrants than Ever before the task of attracting settlers in the next few years would be More difficult than in the period immediately after the War. But Australia must aim at higher figures in the years ahead than the present inflow of 115,000 migrants a year. The population of the world would have doubled in the next 50 years and other nations would become acutely critical of Australia unless we could demonstrate a dramatic development of our resources and peopling of our continent. To Australia there was not the same urgent shortage of manpower today As there was 10 years ago but the Economy was sounder and More broadly based and the country could not develop without More producers and Consumers. The economies of Britain and Western Europe the main sources of migration were also much healthier and there was not now the same incentive for people to Migrate. Other factors which tended to a continued p. % col i a or. Downer Canberra february 1959 no. 61 monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. T n award for citizenship naturalised australian citizen formerly of Russia was presented with the 1959 Gertrude Kumm award for citizenship at the convention. He is or. Alexander Saranin who received the award for his distinguished service to the Community and work for the Queensland sugar Industry. The award sponsored by mrs. Gertrude Kumm a member of the immigration advisory Council and a Leader of the . Movement is presented annually to a migrant judged to have performed an outstanding act of citizenship. A picture at right shows the governor general sir William slim presenting the award an inscribed leather bound copy of the Book this is Australia. Scholarship or. Saranin was nominated by the new settlers league of Queensland and selected from a panel of outstanding new citizens whose names were submitted by the presidents of the Good Neighbour councils in All states. Or. Saranin a graduate in chemical engineering arrived in Australia from Harbin in 1951 and became an australian citizen by naturalisation in 1958. He was awarded a scholarship of one year s Post graduate study at the University of Queensland by the Bureau of experimental stations in 1953 and is now employed As a research chemist at a sugar Mill in Bundaberg. In 1955 or. Saranin wrote in collaboration with or. L. J. Allen a paper for the Queensland society of sugar technologists which won the president s medal. The paper was regarded As a significant contribution to the advancement of the sugar Industry. Or. Saranin s Community service includes membership of the new settlers league the Junior Chambers of Commerce and work for legacy and other charities. Population was convention theme a the 10th australian citizenship convention in Canberra last Jno nth celebrated the attainment y Australia of a population of 10,000,000 Early in 1959. This theme was featured in decorations inside the Albert Hall where delegates assembled. A colourful stage tableau represented the Progress of Australia from the first Landing until the present Day. We depend on immigration for survival says governor Genera Australia depended fora her very survival on immigration the governor general sir William slim told delegates to the 10th australian citizenship convention in Canberra last month. He was officially opening the convention on january 20. More than 250 delegates from All Over Australia attended the three Day talks on migration. They included representatives of Commerce Industry the Trade unions Church and voluntary organisations and the Good Neighbour movement. The future of this land depends More upon the scale and Success of immigration than upon any other single Factor sir William said. And time is not on our Side. At the 1954 convention i said no other nation has Ever had so compelling a necessity to populate for the Sake of sheer existence. Stark need 1 that remains As True now As then and certainly no less urgent. No one looking ahead can question the Stark need for continued immigration not Only for our economic development but also for our Security and even our very he told delegates that the convention had played an increasingly important part in attracting migrants and in aiding their integration into the australian Community. Without the contribution that migrants had made Australia could not have achieved its present Prosperity and Progress. This had been made possible because since the War australian governments whatever their political complexion had conscientiously followed a planned National and continuing policy in immigration. Sir William said he hoped that delegates in advising How Best policy could be continued would do All they could to maintain or even increase the proportion of British migrants. But. Wherever the migrants came from Australia would have to advertise for them to Tell them truthfully what difficulties they would meet and what opportunities awaited them. Australia is Good enough to stand having the truth told about her he said. A continued p. % col. 5 snowy workers awarded . Two polish migrant workers on the snowy mountains project were awarded the British Empire medal by the Queen last month. They Are Leszek Matusewski and his Friend Jozef Morgan who received the award for their Devotion to duty in the Remote regions of the snowy mountains. Both migrated in 1948 after hearing Good reports about Australia from friends who had migrated earlier. Les works As an instrument Man on Field and construction surveys and Jozef is a Diamond Driller. Now experienced bushmen their work takes them to some of the roughest and most Remote country in Australia

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