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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - November 1, 1960, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants no. 82 november 1960 immigration estimate targets 125,000 in 1960-1961 the minister for immigration or. Downer last month announced that Australia had set itself a target of 125,000 migrants for the financial year 1960-61. Addressing Federal parliament on the immigration department estimates for the year he said that the government hoped to obtain 65,000 assisted migrants and that 60,000 would pay their own fares to Australia. Or. Downer added we aim to bring from the United kingdom 54,000 assisted migrants from Malta 1,000 from the Netherlands 8,000 from Germany 8,000 from Austria 1,500 from Italy 5,000 from Greece 1,500 and from Spain 1,000, which is double the intake from that country last year. Refugees we propose to bring in 1,000 British migrants under the general assisted passage scheme from countries other than the United kingdom. I refer to Eire and countries belonging to the British Commonwealth. Under the same general we propose to bring in 3,000 from other countries. We Are aim expecting the arrival of another 3,000 refugees. This makes a total of 65,000 assisted passage we get people of High Quality or. Downer emphasised that Australia in spite of the difficulties of recruitment was continuing to attract migrants of High Quality. I would like to stress that not Only the skilled Semi skilled and the unfilled workers but also the immigrants generally. Who came to Australia in the last financial year were noticeably in the main of High Quality he said. The criticism has been made in other places a not in this chamber a that the government in its desire to attract migrants to Australia is perhaps placing too much emphasis upon numbers and not enough emphasis on Quality. I take this Opportunity now to refute that statement quite definitely. Ail the evidence that my department has received and All the evidence that t have obtained myself in the migrant centres on ships that i have met and from the newcomers to whom i have spoken completely belie that statement one really encouraging feature of the immigration programme is that in spite of the difficulties in recruitment that we Are meeting in other parts of the world we still As a result of our selection methods and i am proud to say of the skill of the officers of my department continue to obtain people of High Quality whom Australia or any other country would be proud to or. Downer said that of the Overall intake of 133,684 last financial year 69,700, or 52.2 per cent were workers and the remaining 64,000, in round figures were dependants. Taking these figures into a Little More detail we received 16,700 skilled tradesmen 9,100 Semi skilled workers 6,700 men and women for the professions 10,600 for commercial and clerical operations 4,100 Rural workers and 8,600 labourers he added. Or. Downer reminded parliament that people Are not to be had Fust for the asking and merely because the government establishes a he said that there were very real problems in attracting types of migrants Australia desired but he had every Confidence that the new target would be reached a or perhaps exceeded As in the financial year 1959-60. A continued on Page 7. 9 of rolled weighs fifteen steel tons p British Migran John Woodcock aspects a Coil o rolled steel before t is fed into a Cut Ting machine at the giant port Kemble works of Australia Iron and steel pay Ltd. The Coll contains is of precision rolled steel one of the great variety products. John who migrated i years ago from Stock Sabrid near Sheffield is general Foreman in the a Fagerline temper Mill. He is one of nearly 13,0 men who work at port Bla to produce nearly 2,60 000 ingot tons of steel a y a 60 per cent of aus Crali total ingot steel output. Expansion is going on fast at port Kemble that works Are currently Short o 700 men. Mighty Kemble up. 4-5

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