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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - March 1, 1960, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Canberra March. 1960 no. 74 monthly Hatten of the department of immigration m to assist migrants. Utji my australian i now at the age of 15, Jack is a Cadet Lifesaver in Cro Nulla surf lifesaving club Sydney and soon when he turns 16, he will be a Junior member. He has already passed his training for a qualifying certificate and will soon have his Bronze medallion. Jack lives in the suburb of kurnell where his father is a concreting contractor. Keen on the surf Ever since he reached Australia Jack has always wanted to be among the lifesavers he has admired on the beaches. His ambition is to win his instructor s certificate. But to do this he must wait until he is 18 years old and a senior member of the club. Then he must train a squad of six members for an average of eight weeks and bring them to a satisfactory Standard. Lifesaving training is terrific fun and keeps you really fit Jack said. Kai grating with his parents from Holland eight years ago Jack Strybis was Little More than a Tot. Now look at him in the picture above minister warns nonexclusive \ migrant unions the minister for immigration or. Downer has strongly urged migrants to avoid forming or joining exclusive migrant Trade unions or similar organisations. 66r the growth of any distinct organisation of migrant workers cutting into Fields already adequately covered by existing Trade unions could Only be harmful a even dangerous in its effect he added. Or. Downer added such moves would introduce a fresh element of discord into Many sections of Industry and could foment Industrial or. Downer was commenting on reported efforts by a Section of migrants to establish a new citizens Council which the organisers claim Speaks for 5,000 migrants. The Council circulated a document among delegates to the australian citizenship convention alleging that new settlers were barred from Many positions in australian Trade unions. Migrants would be Wise in their own Best interests to avoid joining any such organisation or. Downer said. They will hasten their smooth assimilation into the australian Community if they join existing organisations with their fellow or. Downer gave the following definition of official policy toward special migrant groups i am strongly of the opinion that the migrants should join existing australian organisations with australian members so that they can increase the feeling of Unity and become part of the Community. This objective can Best be achieved by joining institutions such As sporting bodies Church organisations and other groups in which they can play their part and if necessary present the migrant viewpoint in a most effective Way. however the government Recognises that it is desirable and natural for migrants to join together in National groups for cultural and social purposes. By preserving their own traditions in this Way they will contribute to australian life. But formation of such groups As the new citizens Council aiming to represent the migrants As a group is highly undesirable because such movements tend to segregate the migrants from the very people who Are anxious to help them and make them friends. Nothing could be More calculated to arouse antagonisms and resentment than for migrants to attempt to use their growing numbers to act together As pressure groups to achieve sectional Aims. The very essence of Australia s Outlook is the tradition of Friendship and Unity. If migrants Realise this and join with australians they will in fact become australians themselves faster and thereby attain the greatest happiness and Contentment. If however they huddle together in migrant groups they run the risk of making outcasts of themselves. Moreover such movements Are utterly unnecessary. Migrants can get much More powerful assistance to Aid their welfare through the existing organisations especially Trade unions. The government s policy is to encourage newcomers to join the appropriate Trade Union. Union policy enlightened the australian Trade Union movement has shown a most enlightened policy toward receiving and helping migrants and has helped make a Success of the migration programme As a who the Trade Union movement has shown that it is staunchly behind the policy of developing the country through immigration. It hag properly been concerned to ensure that the introduction of migrant workers does not involve any lowering of either the High standards of skilled trades or of living standards of australian workers. The Trade unions also have been most anxious to see that migrant workers mix with their australian workmates. From the inception of the programme the unions have encouraged migrants to join. Many today Are playing an Active and important part in Trade Union affairs. Some Are be. Shop stewards and hold other Union official positions. Members of the Trade Union movement have made it Clear that they Are concerned about the moves of these people who try to encourage migrants to form their own special unions. This can Only cause harm because it sets the migrant apart from his workmates. It makes him different which is the very thing australians generally have t essay contest winners tour up. 4-5 retiring . Asks for our passport Australia s governor general. Former sir William slim and lady slim at their special request were issued with australian passports before they left recently for the United kingdom. They used the passports for their voyage Home and intend to use them for the next five years in their travels outside Britain. The minister for immigration or. Downer said that All australians would feel honoured at this Graceful tribute by sir William and lady slim to the country they had so ably served and where they were so Well loved. In this Way they have shown that they prize their association with our country he added. We Are fortunate and proud that Australia will always have two outstanding ambassadors who will carry with them the document which symbolises the status of Australia As a nation. Sir William s request to be issued with an australian passport is in itself a gesture which shows How deeply he and his charming wife have identified themselves with this country and that they do regard themselves As they have shown themselves to be Good australians As Well As distinguished servants of her sir William specially asked that the passports should be made valid for the full five years

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