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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - November 1, 1951, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration 952 convention is 0 be held government will consult with i leading citizens Australia third held in Canberra Between january 29 and february 1 next year. The convention will be convened by Chemini Stenfor immigration ,and will be attended by a representative gathering of National leaders of Australia Schurch political social educational and philanthropic organisations. Decision to hold a third convention reflects the Commonwealth government conviction that the full co operation of the australian Public is essential to the Success of its population building programme. The government will therefore take leaders of the Community into consultation on its future migration plans. When Australia s first citizenship convention washeld1 in 19o0, ,. The Assisi lation of migrants into the Community was made its j Central theme. I the prime minister or Menzies set the theme when he said that if every one in aus-1 Thralia realised that migration was vital to the country s exist Finice development and growth i Tlisov would spare no trouble to make the new settler Ferlic i at at Home. If we admit a person to our land we should also admit him to membership of our National family he said. The minister for immigration or. Holt said that Volun a tary organisations had expended much Effort to assist the National cause during wartime. He would like to see similar Effort put into the National peacetime task of assimilation. He said we shall measure the Success of our immigration j programme not merely by the undoubted contribution it is making to our development and Security but by the manner in which we take the newcomers into our Community life and by the greater happiness we Are Able to give them in their new during 1950, Australia s Good Neighbour movement got under w a " Central coordinating a i a n,.c. Bodies were set up in each state. At the Jubilee citizenship convention in 1951, voluntary were Able to re pm Fine assimilation work pro. By. C ? is and to p Lan future activities. Since then the movement has gained strength week by week. New branches of the at. C dry ones Ine t Pood Neighbour councils an new settlers leagues have been formed throughout the country and More Are in process of formation. Thieves to discuss common or. Holt youths May be naturalised after 2 years non British boys and girls Between the Ages of 16 and 21 May now become Australia citizens after they have lived for two years in Australia. Making this announce a ment last a month i j minister for immigration or. Holt said he had taken this step on the advice of the immigration advisory Council. A. Under the nationality and citizenship act the minister has Power to Grant naturalisation to minors under such conditions As he thinks fit. Already he has exercised this Power by granting citizenship to minors who came to Australia without parents or guardians. My decision was based on a number of considerations said or. Holt. Early naturalisation will be to the advantage both of the inor himself and of Australia generally since there Are Many Fields of endeavour from which aliens Are excluded and which Are in urgent need of Young recruits. I consider that minors Are Quick to become assimilated into a Community and it is therefore reason Abl y that they should not have to wait until they 21 to obtain Are minors who wish to apply for naturalisation under this new ruling must have an adequate knowledge of the English language and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. They must also be of Good character and have the consent of their parents to their naturalisation. House building when you Are is fun Young t Touse building problems did not exist for Mirko Mell and Merika when they ran up their third Structure for the afternoon in the activity room of the kindergarten at the Woodside migration Centre South Australia. These Little new australians Are typical of the hundreds of Small children from Europe who have passed through the kindergarten in the past two years. Mirko comes from Yugoslavia and his two co operators from Estonia. Throughout Australia today parents of children like these have been vitally concerned with the More serious Job of House building and have already turned out vast quantities of bricks Timber tiles Cement steel and household fittings. Note anthropologist says. We must encourage migrants to feel at Home european migrant arriving in Australia would probably live in Community groups unless Given every encouragement to absorb local conditions declared or. Margaret Mead noted american anthropologist who visited Australia recently. A r. Mead gave several lectures throughout the Commonwealth for the Newl education Fellowship. She declared that individually australians were tolerant warm and Friendly. But More important was How they acted As a racial group towards migrants. She had heard criticism of migrants for speaking their j native languages in Public. This seemed inevitable As Long As migrants lived together. History showed that stimulation took place when nationalities met. This could be an advantage if the meeting was not too rapid but trouble often occurred when it was. Australian immigration is still in its infancy and is self conscious said or. Mead but enjoys More advanced conditions than did its american counterpart Roo years ago. The study of new languages education and social trends will broaden Australia for an International role and for Pacific leadership.". Or. Mead said the results of the Commonwealth s i Migra a Tion in terms of population economic and cultural values should be seen by 1956. Pro a Gress achieved by then could materially enhance australian j leadership in the Pacific. Pityou people in the picture at meetings of Good Neighbour councils sometimes up to 100 delegates gather to discuss assimilation. Numerous ideas Are put Forward and Many Good schemes inaugurated. There is a Chance however that rank and file members of affiliated voluntary organisations Are not aware of matters discussed at Council meetings. Delegates should therefore try to inform every member of their organisation of the work being undertaken by the Council and thus let All members know that they Are part of an Australia wide movement. There May be instances where a certain organisation May not be actually concerned with a certain move but its members will be interested in it. Migrant As bandmaster it he Naracoorte municipal band in South Australia has appointed or. J. Bartosk As its new bandmaster or. Bartosk is a new austra i Lian who conducted both military and civilian bands in Europe. To assist. The working of assimilation organisations
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