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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives May 1 1951, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - May 1, 1951, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration modern migrant liner caters for children Phis picture was taken on the latest migrant liner ska Bryn but it was not taken on the Bridge. The scene is in the children s playroom where a Dummy wheelhouse has been built for the enjoyment of child passengers. Norwegian owned the ska Bryn made its Maiden trip to Australia last month. It embodies the latest devices in shipbuilding including fireproof paint and curtains Infra red grills that can roast a Chicken in a few minutes and a machine that can turn out 37,000 hamburgers a Day. Specially built for the transport of migrants the ska Bryn can carry 1,220 passengers half in Cabins and half in dormitories. The round trip from Bremen to Melbourne takes 59 Days. Ballarat forms committee to help migrants perhaps you have talked about forming a committee to help migrants in your town but perhaps you have pushed the idea aside because you Ware not too sure How to go about it this Story of How a group went about it in Ballarat Victoria might give you just the extra encouragement and know How you require. A no night the Apex club called a meeting and decided it would be a Good idea to co ordinate the activities of the various organisations working for migrants in the District. Three weeks later a meeting was called. Or. H. G. Stead of the greater Ballarat association suggested the formation of a panel of five business and professional men to give advice to migrants on any problem. The meeting liked the suggestion. And or. Stead s organisation was asked to be responsible for the organisation of the panel. The rotary club and the Victoria league said they would arrange hospitality Between individual British and australian families. The Myca and the Owca said they would look after the entertainment of Young people. One citizen suggested that Cinema shows be arranged at the local migrant Hostel. He also suggested that a letter of Welcome be sent to each family on arrival in Ballarat. An ther suggested that a subcommittee be formed to organise car trips around Ballarat and District so that newcomers might learn More about the City in which they lived. Representatives of the Hostel social club said they would give assistance to any organisation working to help migrants. It was just a question of interested people getting together. University s special English course the Sydney University Extension Board will commence English language classes for non British migrants on june 6. In extending an invitation to All migrants to join the classes j the Board advises that the course of study will not be planned in j detail until the wishes of the j class Are known. J j topics for study will include however the finer Points of pro i enunciation intonation grammar and idiom. Classes will be held at the Law school 167 Phillip Street on mondays and wednesdays from 6 . To 7.30 . Fees will be �3/3/ for a term of 20 lectures. Many May now file citizenship papers declaration is first step approximately 120,000 new australians Are now eligible to take their first step towards securing australian citizenship that is the filing of a declaration of intention to apply for naturalisation. Many of those eligible have not yet taken this step. Good Neighbours Are urged to persuade new australians to become citizens by explaining to them the advantages of citizenship and outlining the procedure by which they can be naturalised. Part from the sentimental value of australian citizenship a which f course embraces British nationality there Are Many benefits to be gained by being naturalised. Good Neighbours should therefore Point out to new australians that it is in their own interests that they should become citizens. As a British subject an australian citizen can travel the world on a British passport and is entitled to receive the Protection advice and assistance of the local australian or British official representative. There Are few places in the world where there is not at least a British Consul to who the traveller can turn for assistance should he desire it. This is a decided adva Tau a to a Man who is either stateless or the National of a country which has few overseas representatives. In Australia the non British subject is under Many disadvantages. In the first place he is bound by Law to report every change of address and employment and can be fined or sentenced to imprisonment for neglect to do so. He cannot vote at Federal or state elections and cannot become a member of parliament. He is not entitled to an age n invalid pension and non 3ritish women cannot claim the widows pension. He cannot join the permanent Public service of the Commonwealth or states. In addition he cannot enter some professions until he becomes naturalised and some private companies have a policy of not employing non British subjects. Some states have Laws debarring aliens from holding certain positions. For instance in Vic Toria an alien cannot hold a hotel licence. Make Early application there Are two stages in the acquisition of australian citizenship. First a declaration of intention to apply for naturalisation must be lodged and then not less than two years later the final application for citizenship May be made. A declaration of intention cannot be filed until the applicant has resided for 12 months in Australia. The final application for citizenship cannot be lodged except in a few special circumstances until the applicant has lived for five years in Australia. But if an alien does nothing about becoming a citizen until he has been in Australia for five years he will then have to wait for two years More before he can come a citizen. Good Neighbours should therefore impress upon new australians that if after they have been three years in Australia they have not filed a declaration of intention they Are delaying the time when they can be granted citizenship. When an alien makes a declaration of intention it is not necessary for him to be Able to speak English but he must have an adequate knowledge of the language before he can become a citizen. Enquiries about naturalisation and the relevant forms can be obtained from the Commonwealth migration officers in the capital cities. Here Are addresses of Good Neighbours to our first Issue we published addresses of assimilation councils in cach capita City. Since then there have been some changes of address and personnel. Below we print the up Iodate list for the guidance of Good Neighbours and those seeking Good neighbourly help new settlers league of new South Wales 4th floor 140 Elizabeth St., Sydney. President or. A. Halloran Secretary mrs. Margaret Watts. New settlers league of Australia Queensland division King House yy8i Queen St., Brisbane. President or. R. H. Wainwright Secretary miss c. M. Clayton. Good Neighbour Council of Victoria older Leet building 475 Collins St., Melbourne. President sir John Medley Secretary or. H. Sawyer. Good Neighbour Council of South Australia 97 Pirie St., Adelaide. President or. R. J. Coombe Secretary miss Mary Clayton. Good Neighbour Council of Western Australia government House ballroom St. George s Terrace Perth. President or. G. W. Simpson Secretary or. R. H. Featherstone. Good Neighbour Council of Tasmania Myca building 55 Argyle St., Hobart. President or. J. L. Hull Secretary or. W. H. Parkinson Cumine. Good Neighbour Council of act department of immigration Barton act. President or. D. M. Purnell Secretary or. T. M. Nulty. To assist the working of assimilation organisations pipes Greet Young Scot Piper Alexander Thomson formerly of Kilmarnock entertains mrs. M. Bloke and her four year id son Nigel when they arrived from Scotland on a migrant liner
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