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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Mar 1 1969, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - March 1, 1969, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Good Neighbour map their future course the presidents and secretaries of Australia s seven Good Neighbour councils have decided on the course they should follow to meet the increasing Challenge created by Australia s expanding immigration programme. In a statement of policy issued during their annual meeting in Canberra they said there was a need to help each new settler become a dignified and equal member of the australian Community. The chairman of the meeting sir John Mccauley who is Good Neighbour representative on the Commonwealth immigration advisory Council said the present resources of Good Neighbour councils through their agencies could be developed to meet the growing Challenge. He said that the Good Neighbour movement would continue to pursue its major objects of welcoming and assisting new arrivals to Settle into the australian Community acting As an adviser to governments on matters of migrant integration maintaining and developing Public awareness of the importance of immigration to Australia s National development fostering positive Community acceptance of migrants and of the policy of admitting an increasing number of migrants encouraging appropriate Community welfare agencies to help meet the needs of migrants providing direct services where existing services were inadequate to advise and assist migrants. However sir John said there were other areas into which the Good Neighbour councils had to consider moving if they were to provide the facilities migrants needed for successful settlement. Higher degree of skill because of current increased demands being made on Community services he said some deficiencies have become apparent in welfare services for new settlers. Councils themselves will now aim directly to satisfy the needs of settlers in understanding their new environment and in giving information and advice sir John said there was a need for a higher degree of skill among voluntary Contact workers who should be provided with suitable training courses. Experience had shown that a number of migrants dealt with by Good Neighbour Council workers needed the services of professionally qualified social workers. Good Neighbour workers should be trained not Only to prevent problems reaching a serious level but to know when a Case needs professional advice he said. As the Good Neighbour councils develop they May include one or More social workers in their organisation. In any event they should have close Liaison with and Access to other professional counselling services within the Community sir John said that National groups As integral parts of the Community should be asked to act As a Bridge Between the culture of the country of origin and the Way of life in Australia. The Good Neighbour councils also saw advantages in decentralisation of their activities to the neighbourhood level. Community response and Contact with settlers should be intensified he said. Information and advice services for newcomers should be made More accessible to migrants in different places through " referral Points " and " advice bureaus the Good Neighbour no 182 March 1969 visit of Icem director the new director of the intergovernmental committee for european migration or John Thomas who visited Australia recently has taken up office in Geneva. Or Thomas an american has worked in the Field of International migration and refugee settlement for More than 23 years. During his visit or Thomas spoke with the minister for immigration or Snedden officers of the departments of immigration and external affairs the chief of the Icem Liaison Mission in Australia or g. W. Von Arnim and the United states ambassador or William h. Crook. 1968 migrant figures Best for 19 years Page 7 new chair of italian two gifts one from the South australian italian Community and the other from the italian government have been presented to the Flinders University of South Australia. One of the gifts a Cheque for $8,000�?has been raised by the italian Community to endow a chair of italian at the University. The other a gift of 120 books was presented to the University s Library by the italian vice Consul in South Australia or Fathio Migliorini. The chairman of the Community s committee for the chair of italian or Georgio Masero leftist pictured handing the Cheque for $8,000 to the vice Chancellor of Flinders University professor Peter Karmel at a ceremony at the University recently. Committee will assess professional qualifications a High level committee is to be formed to assess the equivalence of professional qualifications obtained in overseas countries to australian standards. This was announced by the australian minister for immigration or Snedden after his third meeting with state immigration ministers in Sydney. He said the state and Commonwealth governments had evaluated carefully the advantages to Australia of being Able to attract professionally qualified people with knowledge and skills of value to Australia s development. The committee which would be advisory Only would have no executive authority and would not interfere with the responsibilities of professional and statutory bodies now responsible for recognition of overseas qualifications. A Cardinal principle involved during its inquiries would be the maintenance of existing professional standards. Or Snedden said the committee would comprise leaders whose personal standing and ability commanded Universal respect

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