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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Jan 1 1951, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - January 1, 1951, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration delegates will gather to consolidate Good work vital National Effort got away to Fine Start As Australia s Golden Jubilee year opens delegates from All pans of Australia and representative of All walks of life Are coming to the National a 1 a a capital to take an Active part in the nation s second citizenship convention. With the turn into the second halt Century of australian nationhood the delegates Nieset to plan How they can put further weight behind the nation s drive towards full development and Security. The Many organisations represented by the delegates have an important part to play in the National plan. That they can play it through successfully has already been shown in the year that has elapsed since the first convention n january last year. At that convention an Appeal was made to the australian people Seir government to enter june task of bringing into the warmth of the National family our Many thousands of new settlers to help them feel that they belong and that they have a Happy place along with us in the urgent tasks of building and developing Australia. La Australia o the task the Appeal was taken up. Delegates carried Back the message to cities and towns throughout Australia. The great assimilation drive was launched and at once gathered momentum. Now a year later Thi delegates have come Back with an " n p Russ up 10 a if a Achec a of p lans successfully Carlod thro u s h " today there is a National pattern of assimilation spread through the length and breadth of Australia embracing Many hundreds of Church and voluntary organisations and Many thousands of voluntary workers. Already their work has paid dividends. Ignorance of our new Comers has been greatly reduced prejudices and suspicions broken Down or removed opportunities Given to the newcomer to meet and know the citizens of his new land. Announcement of 1951 plans much has been done by much remains to be done. As immigration policy extends or varies fresh approaches to the assimilation problem become necessary. At the convention the delegates will again receive their charter. They will hear the minister for immigration for them the immigration for the coming year. Outline policy they will discuss this policy and together will draw up a blueprint for coordinated assimilation work throughout Australia. They will resolve. They will Arry Back their resolutions to the hundreds of men and women they represent. These resolutions Are not inflexible. They present a Broad pattern of objectives to which All assimilation committees May work against a background of local circumstances. A a n venue the Albert Hall in Canberra will again be the scene for Many of the Convent on events. Programme includes variety of events j he convention will open on january 22 and end on january 26. For almost three Days delegates will be in committees discussing matters co 11 i e c t e d with All aspects of migration. At nights programmes o f interesting entertainment have been arranged. The official opening will be at 3 . On january 22 in the Albert Hall. It will be performed by the governor general or. Mckell. At this ceremony Federal leaders of the three political parties and state ministers will express their thanks for the answer to the Call they made a year ago and will repeat their Appeal for continued work in the Field. After the ceremony delegates will be the guests of the minister for immigration at a Garden party in the courtyard of parliament House. New Folk dance there they will be entertained with music and dancing by new australian children. A feature of the dancing will be the initial presentation of a newly created australian Folk dance based on the theme of Waltzing the choreography for this dance has been worked out by new australian Eugen Uttassy. The musical arrangements have been done by australian musician and composer Robin Wood. Monday night will see the opening of Australia s Jubilee arts and crafts exhibition at the army training depot Turner. This very Large and Brilliant display has been assembled with selectivity Over the past six months from All Over Australia. After its presentation in Canberra it will go on tour of the Commonwealth. On tuesday night an open air pageant will be held on the lawns fronting parliament House. It will be open to the Public a Dill be Rich in Colour with the r ight costumes of National is floodlights dancing and choirs. 1. Oad sweep of massed artistry " be pin pointed on wednesday night on the concert platform of the Albert Hall when i individual artists will perform. Or. Holt film shows Good Neighbour at work synchronised for release at the time of the Jubilee convention the january Issue of the news and information Bureau s australian diary will present a film report on Good Neighbour work during the past year. Nib cameraman Frank Mckechnie Here shoots a scene at the Canberra Community Hospital when an australian patient at the Hospital visits a new australian Mother in the maternity Ward. Good Neighbours make Hospital visitation a feature of their work. The australian diary will be shown soon. Two boys two girls 1 will become citizens losing event of the convention will be the naturalisation ceremony on Australia Day january 26. The ceremony has been selected As the climaxing event to emphasise that the ultimate aim of assimilation work is Happy citizenship for All who live within Australia s shores. The ceremony will strike a new note for the people to be naturalised Are two Young men and two Young women All under 18 years of age. The six Young people came to Australia unaccompanied by their Arents and Are therefore under he immigration guardianship f children act the wards of he minister of immigration until they come of age. It is legally possible for these eople to become australian citizens although they Are not it of age As a result of the provisions of the nationality and citizenship act which empowers he minister to Grant them citizenship if it seems desirable. To assist the working of assimilation organisations
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