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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - July 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Canberra july 1959 no. 66 monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. Tour australian 6-Point plan to attract More britons nest egg migrants a new scheme for " nest egg " migrant from Britain was announced last month by the minister for immigration or. Downer. Under the scheme families with �stg.500 or More will be Able to qualify for the �10 passage scheme without having a sponsor to guarantee them accommodation. This is part of a six Point plan i have evolved in my drive to get As Many British migrants As possible or. Downer said. Australia s wide open door policy is intended to give opportunities to people who would not otherwise have the Chance to Migrate. In is in addition to All existing schemes under which tens of thousands without such a Large sum of Money May still Migrate for Only �10 to or. Downer is at present making a Survey of All australian migration posts in Europe and Britain. His Mission is aimed at finding new methods and new sources of migrants to maintain Australia s migration intake in the face of mounting difficulties created by the improved economic conditions in Britain and Europe or. Downer s six Point plan to boost the intake of britons is a a assisted passages will be extended to include British families with at least �stg.500 who Are prepared to make their own arrangements for accommodation on arrival in Australia a other British families with less than �500, but who cannot find sponsors will be offered initial accommodation in migrant centres operated by the department of immigration a to increase Hostel accommodation state governments will be asked to allow their reception centres for British migrants to be used also As hostels for British families who would not otherwise be Able to go to Australia a bring out a briton committees will be asked to help British families in both Commonwealth migrant centres and state operated hostels to find their own accommodation. This will stimulate a regular turnover and make it possible to bring out More British families. A office at Birmingham a a new regional migration office will be opened in Birmingham to attract More skilled workers from the heart of the Industrial midlands. This will supplement the newly opened offices in Manchester Edinburgh and Belfast established to take migration right to the doorsteps of britons a special efforts will be made to encourage greater numbers of graduates from English and scottish universities to come to Australia. The department of immigration in conjunction with appropriate Industrial firms and the department of labour and National service will examine the possibilities of finding suitable positions. The proposed new plan to a continued on Page 6 More skilled workers from Italy Greece a Page 2 ? Ine year old Matti Hiltunen from Rovan Ieni Finland was speaker of the Queensland parliament for a few minutes last month. Matti was among 80 children from Waco migrant Centre near Brisbane who visited state parliament House during the Queensland Centenary festival of immigration. The children who attend the special school at Waco were guests of the speaker or. A. R. Fletcher. While they were in the legislative Assembly chamber or. Fletcher permitted Matti to occupy his chair and to Wear the speaker s flowing wig. Or. Fletcher was delighted with Matti s bearing. He catches on quickly he said. There is nothing in the world to Stop him any More than my own Sony from becoming speaker one Day. That is the wonderful thing about a immigration wee ? pictures pages 4-5. 2o will families join Here soviet Grants exit permits Wenty people granted exit visas by the soviet government soon will be Able to join their relatives in Australia. Russia s decision to Grant the visas was announced in London last month by the minister for immigration or. Downer. Or. Downer said he had been informed of the decision by the British foreign office which had been negotiating on Australia s behalf with the soviet government. The relatives will come to Australia under operation reunion the department of immigration s scheme to reunite people in Russia and soviet satellite countries with their relatives in Australia. Or. Downer who is at present on a fact finding inspection of australian immigration posts overseas said that Australia would warmly Welcome the soviet government s decision. It is hoped that this May be followed by a further decision to Grant visas to people in Russia and satellite countries of Eastern Europe to enable them to rejoin their relatives in Australia he said. Mare9 if approval of such a relatively Large Batch of visas indicates that there has been a warming of attitude on the part of the soviet government towards Australia s humanitarian objective of reuniting these people this would be Good news. A leading official of the soviet ministry of foreign affairs has said that the soviet government regards the present list As a beginning or. Downer said that since May 1956 Australia had sought permission for people in Russia and Eastern european countries to go to Australia to join their relatives. Until now Only 10 of these applications had been successful. The granting of the additional 20 visas suggested that there was Hope that approval might be Given to More. The 20 people granted exit permits comprise 13 latvians six estonians and one lithuanian. Eight will go to their relatives in new South Wales four to Victoria two to Queensland three to South Australia one to West a continued on Page 8

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