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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - September 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Canberra september 1959 no. 68 monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. Ii Al mtr australian migration aim Forth year ? Australia s immig Raon target in 1959 0 will be 125,000�? n increase of 10,000 the figure for 958-59. The Federal treasurer Var. Holt announced this St month in his budget each in the House of representatives. Or. Holt said the target Ould continue to be Reed annually As in the St. The migration programme is key significance to Australia s nomic expansion he said. Australia has succeeded in abolishing improved Industrial actions and a degree of nomic social and political Mility unparalleled in our n National history and taken combination not surpassed i Ieve by any country in the rid today. Achievements the past 10 years have seen at achievements including Marrable Industrial Progress a population increase of 50,000, of which 925,000 has me from net migration. The past year has been an nominally successful one and Able for Rural production and increased output in most Indus. Employment has risen Sider ably and unemployment is fallen. However it is not simply a ter of holding our position pension must go on. Our Iole Economy these Days is ased upon the Assumption of no and continuous Var. Holt said the Confidence All concerned with the exp Nof the Economy was vital or future growth. A or. Downer few elements in future expansion were More important than population growth. That gives key significance to the migration programme he said. Three years ago the government decided subject to periodical review to aim at an annual average net immigration equal to about one per cent of the population. Since then the annual Gross migrant intake target has been kept at 115,000. With total population rising this has meant that the net migration rate has fallen appreciably below one per cent. If this ratio were to decline too far we would be falling substantially behind the rate of general population increase on which Many Forward plans Are based. It is not Good that this should happen. The government is also convinced that with the Broad expansion of the Economy we can now absorb More migrants than we could some years or. Holt said that keeping All resources fully employed particularly labour resources was not Only a social obligation but a Vita economic need. It will be an advantage to have an increasing flow of people especially Young people available for employment he said. But these additional people must find occupations readily and continuously. This can Only happen if there is an All round expansion of the Economy. So far rising numbers of new workers appear to have been successfully absorbed. This is encouraging but the number will grow fairly rapidly in the next few years. This is a Challenge to which the government the Trade world and Industry Are very much alive or. Holt said. Confident the increase in the migrant intake follows the report of the minister for immigration or. Downer on i two months inspection of All australian migration posts in the United kingdom and Europe. Returning to Australia on july 13, or. Downer said he was confident that Australia could not Only maintain but expand her migrant intake. I believe Australia can be assured of receiving a continuing flow of excellent migrants including a High proportion of the skilled workers we need As Well As their families he said. Soviet exit visas for 14 Page 3 our Royal visitor this charming picture of Princess Alexandra was taken at government House Canberra on August 15 when she attended a dinner party Given in her honour by the governor general Field marshal sir William slim and lady slim the Day after her arrival in Australia. The Princess is spending three of her six weeks visit in Queensland for the state s Centenary celebrations. She will visit new South a Whites from september 9-16 Anil Victoria from september 16-23 before returning to Canberra to leave by air for the United kingdom on september 26. # migrant hostesses on Royal Light a Page 3

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