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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - November 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ? Contact workers praised an impressive aspect of the the work of the Good Neighbour Council of Victoria was the development of teams of Contact workers the minister for immigration ,said recently. In a message to the Council s seventh state conference held from november6-7, he said he thought the scheme had immense potential in practical assimilation work. It is a Way to reach the hearts As Well As the minds of migrants he said. Officially through the planning of our migration programme we can select suitable types and numbers of migrants to fit in with employment opportunities and see that they Are settled Here As quickly and As comfortably As possible. Experience we can As it were transplant the tree a but who will provide die individual after care to see that it survives the initial Shock of transplantation and adapts successfully to its new environment that is a task of such magnitude that no government department can Hope to Deal unaided with it. Through your Contact worker scheme you can give the migrant the Benefit of your personal experience Lead him in the direction you know is Best for him. Confidence you can gain his Confidence assist with his problems introduce him to australians advise him of our Laws and customs encourage him to learn English and finally Lead him to the fulfilment of naturalisation. There is the whole assimilation Story and it All can be carried out through this single scheme said. Councils a Success Story Bee none of the Success stories of the Post War years the governor of new South Wales . Sir Eric Woodward said recently. Opening the fifth state conference of the Goodneighbor Council of n.s.w.,he said much of the social Success of Australia s Post War immigration programme had been due to the work of the Good Neighbour councils. Our immigration programme could be described As the world greatest adventure in Friendship he added. Publicity him the arrival of the migrant liner Castel Felice in Melbourne recently below provided just the right atmosphere for several Early sequences of a new film on immigration. The film called the Way relive is being made to help australian immigration publicity in Europe. It traces the settlement of a typical migrant family and show aspects of life in Australia. Australian radio and television artist Deryk Barnes right plays the father in the film which is in colom and lasts for about one hour. A a camera on our wat of life pages 4-5 migrants from France plan Australia offers assisted passages 0 details of a plan to bring French migrants Here would be worked out soon the minister for immigration or. Downer announced recently. He said that the French government had accepted in principle Australia s offer to accept migrants under the general assisted passage scheme subject to agreement on details. Under the scheme the australian government would con tribute More than �71 towards cach migrant share. This followed discussions he had held with a representative of the French government in Paris last june. Or. Downer was addressing More than 300 delegates at the fifth state conference of he Good Neighbour Council of new South Wales. He said i know that All australian with an understanding of France will rejoice in the Prospect of a regular flow of French migrants. Hitherto the French have not shown themselves to be a Migrate Orv people but i have some evidence foreshadowing a change of attitude in the years to come. If this occurs we Mustbe ready to seize All possible benefits from that Belgium another new country in the Field of australian migration had agreed to the operation of Australia s scheme. This would be aided by the recent opening of an australian embassy in Brussels. that Finland had shown interest in Australia Over the past two years. In 1958-59 nearly 2,500 finns had Migrate to Australia and this year he hoped that the number would be at least 3,000. said that in the remaining 40 years of this Century Australia faced a Challenge to develop its population and resources in a Way that was convincing to International opinion. As a target Australia should aim at a population of 30 million by the Early years of next Century. He said the government was always looking for suitable countries to Supply migrants. In doing so Wemus carefully evaluate the capacity of prospective newcomers to Merg harmoniously with our own people and also the likelihood of their speedily obtaining employment. We must also avoid creating new social and economic problems such As exist in some other countries and which if they arose Here could endanger the continuation of our immigration programme on its present or. Downer said that the Commonwealth government had an abiding appreciation of the Good Neighbour councils throughout Australia. What you Are the National Lum Gratio gramme is truly beyond r he said. Without your activities it would not a Bee possible 10 bring in l million v people from overseas in the last 1? years with so so i a percentage of message to . Council a snowball assimilation project started this year by the Good Neighbour Council of South Australia could help in enrolling More English . Downer said this last Mon thin a message to the Council s fifth state conference. In the snowball scheme Good and help them individually with their problems. They also introduce them to australian who in turn invite them into their . Downer said that the scheme had already shown its potentialities also As a method of encouraging More newcomers to learn English. We All know of the great work that has been done in this Field a by the various migrant education offices Good Neighbour councils and by my own department. But we know too that there Are still Man who for some reason or other prefer to remain in linguistic isolation. What these reasons Are we mus find out

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