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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Jun 1 1953, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - June 1, 1953, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration delegates Confer in Victoria sharing ideas on activities Weil directed enthusiasm and practical determination were keynotes at Victoria s first state regional conference held in Melbourne last month. The conference which was officially opened by the state minister for immigration or. W. Slater m.l.c., enabled delegates from metropolitan and Rural areas to discuss problems share their experiences and form coordinated plans for continued assimilation activity throughout Victoria. In opening the Confer ence or. Slater stressed the great value of the nationally important work that was being so successfully carried through by the Many voluntary organisations affiliated with the Good Neighbour Council of Victoria. Or. G. W. Brown m.p., addressed the delegates on behalf of the Commonwealth minister for immigration or. H. E. Holt who was unable to be present. Or. Brown said that assimilation workers should regard the importance of migrants to Australia not Only from the aspect of nation building but also from the purely humanitarian Point of View. Speaking of British migration to Australia or. Brown reminded delegates that the United kingdom had suffered greatly during two world wars. During the second world War he said the United kingdom lost through enemy action enormous resources because the real basis of a manufacturing country is its factories and its machines and these were lost. There she was or. Brown continued with a country smaller than Victoria a population of 45 millions and without those former resources. The pressure of population there now is such that people have to look to other British Commonwealth or. Brown paid tribute generally to the new settlers from Europe and outlined some of the difficulties european people Are experiencing. He reminded Dele Gates that Australia was playing its part in alleviating this distress and that Australia alone of All the great countries accepting migrants was trying to plan a reception for them and to make opportunities for them As they came. The Good Neighbour movement was playing an important part in this matter. Assimilation said or. Brown is More than making a new australian a Good australian. It gives the Opportunity of making All australians better after the opening session delegates were taken to the British migrant reception Centre at the exhibition Oval where the other sessions of conference were held in the specially decorated main lounge. On the Friday night one of the most interesting features of the two Days conference was presented. This was the International forum in which representatives of various nationalities took part. After the forum director of adult education in Victoria or. Colin Badger addressed delegates on the aspect of culture through immigration. The assistant Secretary of the trades Hall Council or. M. Jordan outlined to the conference the Trade Union attitude to migrants in Industry. Branch reports were presented on saturday morning and these reflected a great Deal of vigorous and Well directed activity. Conference closed on saturday night at the Mariby Nong migrant Hostel where delegates were Able to inspect the Hostel and after dinner were entertained by migrants living at the Centre. Right delegates to Victoria s Good Neighbour Council state regional conference were received by the lord mayor of Melbourne or. In. By ens at a civic reception at the Melbourne town Hall. Here the lord mayor chats with miss t. Jarrett Secretary of the Council left and other delegates. During the reception the president of the Council or. H. Mckenzie on behalf of the Dandenong Branch presented or. Brens with a Cheque for /134 or Complete a donation of /250 by that Branch to the lord mayor s flood Relief fund. Be Lou the Hon. In. Slater m.l.c., victorian immigration minister officially opens the conference on Friday afternoon at Nicholas Hall. The conference was also addressed by or. G. Brown m.p., on behalf of or. Holt. Expert View an migration a Appeal for a greater Effort by australians to help the i assimilation of migrants into the Community was made recently by or. W. D. Borrie Reader n demography population studies at the National University in an address to the rotary club in Queanbeyan . Or. Borrie said it was a mistake to think that assimilation was merely a matter of immigrants becoming like ourselves. On the contrary he said Australia had a Good Deal to learn from the cultural and historical backgrounds of the i migrants themselves and until j australians Learnt that they j could not properly understand the problems of assimilation. Or. Borrie said a studies indicated that the postwar migration to Australia was not appreciably altering the age and sex Structure of the population. A it had been largely family migration and that was the Best migration of All. A it would take a Long time for non British migrants to reach Australia in sufficient numbers to upset the racial balance. A migrants while helping to increase production had also created a demand for consumer goods equal to that of an equivalent number of the existing youngest migrant in april Good Neighbour 1 we published a Par headed youngest migrant the question Mark was Well placed because within a few weeks we received news that there had been a younger migrant still. This was Marcel Lis Mann who arrived at Perth in 1948 at the tender age of Only four Days. Marcel started life just too Early to be a native bom australian. Is this the record minister praises township s spirit the town of Griffith in new South Wales was an example to the Commonwealth of what could be done in bringing people together to work for the common Good of the Community. This was stated by the 1 minister Tor i m m i ? r a j a Tion or. H. E. Holt at a recent meeting of the Griffith Branch of the new settlers league. More than 1,000 local Resi dents attended and among them j were people from 30 National-1 tics. The special meeting was association with the e. Griffith Continental music club. And the Hanwood country women s association. Or. Holt commended the work of the Continental music 1 club in using music As a Means to bring Folk together in a spirit of friendliness to make Richer 1 the cultural life of the Community. J the club founded by five men Only two years ago has entertained 5, people at its socials radio Atlin sessions held film shows and helped spa raise Many hundreds of pounds for a dozen charities. It Aims to help place at Community service the italian people of the District who now amount to about half of the Asti match population of 14,000. M r Gino Ceccato. President Olof the rub club Toj told the the meeting that his d u b looked f Orward to working Togo Thor to make the District even greater than now and thus to serve Australia As a whole. Or. Frank Testini italian consular agent who attended said that italians would always be grateful to australians for providing opportunities for them to Migrate to this land. To assist the working of assimilation organisations
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