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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Feb 1 1960, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - February 1, 1960, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ? ? a finnish migration to Australia got away to a flying Start this year with the arrival of a record party of 240 assisted migrants in Melbourne last month. This followed an announcement by the minister for immigration or. Downer that Australia had received a record total of 2,317 migrants from Finland during 1959. The record party of 240 which arrived in january consisted mainly of family groups and included More than 100 children. Occupations of the breadwinners covered a wide Range including carpenters Turners lithographers. Rural workers and watchmakers. Drive the finns travelled to Australia in the liner Strathnaver and were taken by special train from port Melbourne to the Bone Gilla migrant Centre from which they will be placed in jobs throughout Australia. The arrival of this Large group was a result of an intensified drive by Australia for migrants in Finland. A major Clement in this drive was the decision a year ago to increase Australia s contribution to the passage costs of every approved adult migrant under the general assisted passage scheme. Australia s contribution formerly �46/17/6 is now �71/8/6. The flow of migrants from Finland has shown a steady increase from 256 in 1957. It was 1,651 in 1958 and 2.317 in 1959. Immigration officials Hope for at least 2,500 in 1960. John Massey retires new coordinator is appointed or. John Massey Commonwealth coordinator of the Good Neighbour movement since its inception has retired and has been replaced by or. George Sutcliffe a former commissioner of the Commonwealth Public service Board. Announcing or. Massey s retirement the minister for immigration or. Downer paid warm tribute to his splendid service since the Good Neighbour movement began in 1950. During or. Massey s term of office the movement has grown to become one of the most significant Community services in Australia with a membership of 10,000," or. Downer said. It has provided practical assistance for new citizens on a scale that has contributed greatly to the Success of the assimilation programme. Australia s Good Neighbour movement in fact is unique and has been widely praised by other immigration countries. This achievement owes much to the work of or. Massey. Or. Massey has provided an inspiring example to All who were interested in advancing the welfare of or. Downer said that or. Sutcliffe brought to his new task a wide administrative experience and the fruits of a distinguished career As a Public servant. He has been an interested and Active worker for migrants having served As president of the . Good Neighbour Council from 1952 to 1955," he added. Or. Sutcliffe was born in Melbourne in 1895. Educated at Melbourne University he served in the first world War with the . And was an officer of the departments of the postmaster general Supply and shipping. He was Secretary of the department of Supply and fuel in 1948 and chairman of the australian shipping Board. Or. Sutcliffe or. Massey convention hears about. 5-year plan for migrants e delegates to the eleventh Australia citizenship convention in Canberra this month heard the minister for immigration or. Downer suggest a five year plan for immigration. Proposing the plan during his opening address to the convention or. Downer said he did not have in mind an immigration blueprint which should be followed rigidly. Or. Downer said later that if Australia planned its migrant intake in Broad Lenns Over five Vears and a Sod those plans on foreseeable contingencies and a careful study of trends then the nation would have great la enhanced prospects of achieving the greatest possible economic development through immigration with financial stability. He added that Broad Long Range planning would help in attracting the right types of migrants by showing them that Australia operated a consistent immigration policy in the interests of National stability. Studies or. Downer said that As a starting Point he would ask the Commonwealth immig r a to o i planning Council to undertake a series of special studies with the object of evolving a five year plan. These studies should be directed at three main Points a Australia s need. 1 our capacity to absorb migrants. A the prospects of obtaining migrants and measures needed to get them. Or. Downer said he thought that Council members were singularly Well equipped for this study because they were leaders in the Fields of economics administration Industry and Industrial relations. He said that his proposals were no reflection on the excellent work done in the past by the planning and advisory councils and the invaluable help Given by delegates to annual citizenship conventions. Problems looming in the future would require even greater Effort and More intensive planning to maintain the momentum of development and expansion. Inside t special report on migrant children a p. 2. A snowy authority commissioner advocates no discrimination policy a p. 3� a migrants in motor Industry a p. 4-5. A easy English up. 6. A Success stories a p. 7. A migrants play Cricket a. 8. More refugees door opens wider in his opening address to the citizenship convention or. Downer announced two extensions to Australia s world refugee Vear contribution. The extensions apply to refugee families with physically handicapped members who would not be acceptable As migrants under Normal circumstances. Or. Downer said that instead of admitting 60 such families. Australia would now permit a total of 167 to Settle in Australia. The Commonwealth would sponsor 67 families instead of 17 As previously announced and a total of 100 families would be Able to Settle Here under non government nomination. Sponsors because of Australia s already Liberal attitude to the admittance of close relatives who paid their own fares there were in Europe very few refugee families with close relative Pons is living in Australia or. It Turner skid. A a a a \ accordingly it had Breens decided 1o Widen the categories of persons who might by / sponsors. In future we Woddi accept applications to of other relatives and Fri fans. As Well As sponsorships arranged through voluntary agencies and other special groups. Or. Downer

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