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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - June 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Facilitates Way to citizenship certain impediments to the attainment of australian citizenship were removed when the royals Sentas Given on May 11 to legislation amending the nationality and citizenship act. Using his second Reading speech on the Bill the minister for immigration or. Holt said it has been the aim of my government As it was of oui predecessors in office to encourage our new settlers to become True australians As soon As they possibly can both in fact and in Law. With this aim in View and having in mind that great numbers of our new settlers Are be coming eligible for naturalization the fifth australian citizenship convention which met in Canberra last year was asked to consider at length the existing requirements for the Grant of citizenship. The convention made a number of recommendations for alteration of the requirements. Under the new legislation it will no longer be compulsory for in alien to Lodge a declaration of intention to apply for naturalization two years before his final application for citizenship. Instead he can apply for naturalization six months before he has completed his residential qualification which is usually five years. A certificate of naturalization will riot As a Rule be granted until at East six months after this application has been lodged. Machinery still exists for the bid style of declaration to be Piade after one year s residence Ifo As to accommodate those aliens who wish to enlist in the army. Pie army accepts enlistments rom aliens who have declared their intentions to become citizens. Retention of the old declaration also affords new settlers n Early Opportunity to demo rate their readiness to become a St Zens. Before the recent legislation the minister for immigration had discretionary Power Only in the Case of minors to waive All residential requirements for citizenship. Now his Power is extended to certain limited classes of adults who will be Able to become australian citizens without the five year wait. This Power covers the husbands and the wit. Of aut v i citizens who in Many cases Are already Well assimilated by the time they marry an australian. The Power also covers those who once were australian citizens but who later became citizens of another country. Under the new legislation minor aliens Over the age of 16 will receive their own certificates of naturalization and will play a personal part in the naturalization ceremonies. Formerly when a Man acquired australian citizenship the names of All his minor children even though they might be nearly 21 years old were written into his certificate. It is no longer necessary for applicants to advertise in the press their intention to seek naturalization. Speaking on this Point or. Holt said that the original intention of such compulsory advertising was to give the Public an Opportunity to Lodge protests against what they deemed to be undesirable applications. In nearly 40 years there had been very few such protests said or. Holt who added that in any Case his department had always made Independent enquiries and had not accepted these protests without question. Other changes have been made which did not require legislative action. The maximum fee for a certificate of naturalization has been reduced from �5 to �1. Some people have received refunds but that does not mean that their applications Are rejected the categories of people who can give Charlo or references in favour of intending applicants for citizenship now i Lude executive officers of Good jneij.1 Jur councils and new Settle leagues. The form of the certificate hitherto a rather Plain document is to be made More impressive. In commending the Bill to the House or. Holt said its chief provisions Are the result of most careful thought by two truly representative bodies the australian citizenship convention and the Commonwealth immigration advisory Council who Are specially qualified to offer advice on citizenship migrant Rush strains Hostel accommodation the present demand for migration to Australia under the Commonwealth nomination scheme by residents of the United kingdom has been so great that Hostel accommodation has been strained to the utmost. To provide accommodation for e maximum number of British migrants Australia has decided to irn into bedrooms the space that is formerly been allotted As fixate sitting rooms in the Astels. Hostels and migrant tres Are intended Only As in accommodation. They Are voided so that newcomers who be no personal nominators and to otherwise would be unable get assisted passages will have of nowhere to live while making air own arrangements for commo Dation. In future Hostel accommodation will be for a maximum period of two years for any family or individual. This will help to ensure that accommodation is available for new migrants As they arrive. The Success with which newcomers have sought private accommodation in the past is indicated by the fact that of the almost one million migrants who have arrived in Australia since the end of the War Only about three per cent Are to Day living in hostels and migrant centres. Dutch duo stage opera an opera written in Australia by a dutch migrant was presented with great Success in the sunken Garden at the University of Western Australia. Meta Russcher had Long been turning Over in her mind the idea of her opera psyche based on greek mythology. And when she saw the sunken Garden which was created for open air musical presentations she wrote the opera especially for that settling with the support of the adult education Board who sponsored its production. Psyche combined music and drama with Ballet. Meta Russcher worked 12 hours a Day and finished the opera in Fout months while living at Albany Western Australia. Her husband Frank Russcher with whom she combines As a piano duo was musical director for the performance. Producer was Jurek Habelewski former resident producer in the Buenos Aires festivals of music and Ballet. The Rotterdam Home of the Russ hers was a meeting place for creative artists of All kinds. Meta was regarded As one of the most promising composers in Holland. Her symphonic work was performed by one of the leading dutch orchestras and she was commissioned to write Ballet music for the opening of the new theatre at Rotterdam. The Queen in Australia continues to provide first class publicity for emigration to Australia. In major theatres where the film is shown and it has been shown in More than 900 picture houses in the United kingdom and Ireland an australian Way of life and immigration display has been mounted in the foyer. This display has been seen in All parts of England. In which is incorporated the me australian the monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants o. 18 Canberra june 1955 four Day walks May be introduced by dutch the Netherlands league for physical culture at the Hague organises yearly in july at nime Guen International four Days walks which Are very popular in the Netherlands. The following 18 nations have previously taken part in the walks Austria Belgium Canada Czechoslovakia Denmark France Germany great Britain Indonesia Italy Luxemburg the Netherlands Norway the Union of South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland and . The International four Day walks Are intended to develop physical culture and to promote Mutual Friendship and help. A different route is taken every Day. The walkers Are free to choose their own Speed and to fix the number and length of their rests they must of course follow the route indicated. Anyone who has not had some previous training should not participate. In the Netherlands the daily distances prescribed for civilians Are for women 20-25 Miles for men 20-33 Miles approximately. These walks first began m hol land in 1909 when 45 soldiers took part. The move Man was immediately popular and in 1953 a total of 9,582 people took part a 1,346 civilian women 4,299 civilian men and 3,907 from the armed services. Some dutch immigrants in Sydney who have been in touch with the Headquarters of the hiking movement in the Netherlands Are hoping to introduce these International four Days walks in Sydney this year if possible in july next. All those interested in these matches who wish to participate should Send their names and addresses to a. Herdes a k. Keller 14 Holmes Avenue Sefton . The invitation to participate in the marches or to attend the meeting is not confined to dutch migrants Only or to migrants in general. It is open to All australians old and new men and women

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