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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - November 1, 1966, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Committee on social patterns reports expenditure not Asterby return migration the number of settlers who left Australia Between 1959 and 1965 did not represent a serious waste of the resources expended on immigration by the australian government the Commonwealth immigration advisory Council s committee on social patterns reports. In a report to the minister for immigration or. Opperman the chairman of the committee or. Justice r. Dovey said that permanent departures of settlers from Australia in the last six years were not less than nine per cent and not greater than 16 per cent of the settler intake. Or. Opperman said that the committee had reported that the exact percentage could not be accurately determined because of factors about which no precise information was available. This compared favourably with the departure rates so far As they could be established of other major migration coun tries. The committee s conclusion was also influenced by the knowledge that a departures of settlers to third countries Are at least partly compensated for by a similar movement from those countries to Australia a a significant proportion of All departing settlers ultimately return to Australia and 0 some advantage accrues to Australia even from settlers who fail to stay by their contributions to the Economy and in some cases from the favour Able reports they give of Australia in the countries to which they go. The Council s committee on social patterns undertook the inquiry at or. Opperman s request when the numbers of departing settlers Rose last year. The committee was helped by three consultants a or. C. A. Price and or. R. T Appleyard of the australian National University and or a. Richardson of the University of Western Australia. The Progress report pointed out that detailed settler figures had been available Only since 1959. According to data provided by the Commonwealth statistician the numbers of settlers departing since then were 1959, 6,034 1960, 5,551 1961, 8,240 1962, 8,518 1963, 9,102 1964, 7,828 1965, 14,803. Because departing settlers sometimes described themselves As australian residents and for other similar reasons the actual figures were probably higher. As the Pool of settlers within Australia increased with each new intake it was reasonable to expect an increase in the total number of departures. The percentage of settlers still in Australia five years after arrival but less than six years was 91.1. Figures by nationality in the main groups were per cent. British Commonwealth 86.4 German bom 90.7 dutch born 92.2 yugoslav born 96.9 italian bom 98.6 greek born 98.7 of settlers departing the group showing the highest percentage of departures comprised single people of 40 or Over with widowed or divorced people of All Ages the next highest group. Least liable to leave were children up to 18 years and single people Between 19 and 39. The proportion of skilled tradesmen among departures had not increased but there had been a steady increase among professional technical and managerial workers. The proportion of unskilled departing had declined. Between 70 and 75 per cent of British born settlers departing returned to Britain 17 to 22 per cent moved on to new zealand and the rest went either to Canada or the United states. About 75 per cent of non British settlers departing returned to their homelands and most of the rest went to the United states. Or. Opperman said the report showed that one of every five departing settlers intended to Settle in a third country. Departures of settlers to third countries were compensated for by a similar movement from those countries to Australia. Even from those who failed to stay Australia gained some advantage by their contribution to the Economy and in some cases by the reports they gave of Australia in the countries to which they went. A Survey conducted by or. Appleyard among migrants who had returned to Britain showed that a High proportion believed that they had been Etter off in Australia. A new Type of migration had emerged in recent years. It sprang not from fear or dissatisfaction with existing conditions but from Prosperity High living standards and International Competition for skills. Combined with simplified formalities and faster transport this had Jed to highly qualified migrants regarding moves every few years As not abnormal. This growing Stream of world wide mobility could Well have inflated the departure movement. This mobility worked both ways. Without it Australia would find it even More difficult to attract the people with the skills and knowledge that were so important to the country s development. Continuedpace7 a the drover s life has pleasures thai the townsfolk never know. These sheep on the move near Griffith new South Wales gives some idea of those pleasures. Turn to the Centre pages for a picture Story on Droving. No. 154 november 1966 regular television time Slot allotted to . Good Neighbours a series of nine weekly television programmes devised by the Good Neighbour Council of South Australia has begun from the .s.10 studios in Adelaide. The Good Neighbour segment of the station s half hour today programme will last Between eight and ten minutes each Veek. The Good Neighbour Council staff and Channel 10 executives were delighted with the Success of the opening programme. Many congratulatory Calls were received during the Day at the Good Neighbour office in Adelaide. The series gives Good Neighbour the Opportunity to explain its function to a wide audience and another Means through which it can help to solve migrants problems. In the first programme or. Ian Wilson a vice president of the Council was interviewed by show compares Paul Griffiths and Gail Spiro. Or. Wilson explained the work of the movement and described its organization in South Australia. He showed a copy of the Council s Booklet " newcomer s guide to the South australian Community and told of some of the movement s work with migrants. The programme started with a 50-second sound film of migrants arriving by and air. This film clip will be used at the Start of future programmes to help to identify the segment. Future editions of the programme will take a closer look at various aspects in which Good Neighbour can help settlers. In the second programme mrs. E. Peusner the Council s inquiry officer explained How its housing and finance advisory committee of solicitors Bankers builders and real estate agents helped migrants to overcome housing problems. A regular feature is migrants mail bag in which migrants write in about a specific problem. Committee members the Hon. Or. W. R. Dovey chairman. Mrs. F. C. Buttfield. R. J. Coombe Esq. Representing the Good Neighbour movement. Mrs. W. H. Cuvien cooped member of the committee. Or. J. R. Darling. T. Dougherty Esq. Representing the australian workers Union. Major general r. R. Gordon representing the australian Council of social service. G. M. Hastie Esq. Representing the associated Chambers of Commerce of Australia. Air marshal sir John Mccauley representing the air Force association. A. E. Monk Esq. Representing the australian Council of Trade unions. Mrs. J. G. Norris representing the australian Council of women. H. J. Souter Esq., proxy for or. Monk representing the australian Council of Trade unions. Consultants to the committee or. R. T. Appleyard department of demography australian National University Canberra or. C. A. Price department of demography australian National University or. A. Richardson department of psychology University of Western Australia Perth. Visiting fellow department of demography australian National University

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