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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - September 1, 1960, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Gain outweigh difficulties in migration minister delivers Roy Milne lecture he advantages of Australia s present whatever difficulties and changes in traditional Outlook might arise from the presence of foreign people in Australia the minister for immigration or. Downer said recently. He said that if Australia were to survive in the form which most of its people would like then it must paradoxically undergo changes in Outlook and customs which european migrants would bring. Or. Downer was delivering the i960 Roy Milne memorial lecture in Stawell Hall Sydney on the theme the influence of migration on australian foreign policy. We cannot slay As we Are in a world whose population is increasing annually at an unprecedented Pace he scud. Nor do we want to stand still. We Are ambitious to exploit our resources and to apply our ingenuity in overcoming the quite serious physical handicaps from which this old Remote arid continent or. Downer said that without a continuing inflow of people Australia would neither perpetuate much of its traditional Way of life nor develop with sufficient Speed to satisfy an increasingly querulous International opinion. The migration programme must proceed and when circumstances permit accelerate for the issues at stake Are our expansion and survival As an Anglo european added. Power he obligation or. Downer said that although the influx of Continental migrants would in time weaken Australia s ties with Britain our present migration policy need not inexorably corrode our British and Commonwealth the obligation rests on us who Are of British descent to reveal the Virtues of our British inheritance to the newcomers he added. We still comprise Between 85 and 90 percent of the population and we must make it our business to acquaint our european residents with our Point of View. Just As they have much to give us a and their Merit is already apparent in the beneficial changes occurring All found us a so have we great riches of language background institutions ideas to impart to them. So far most of us have not recognised this task with sufficient seriousness. We leave it to elements in the churches and a few other organisations such As the Good Neighbour movement to undertake the work. This is not Good enough. We should accept this Burden As a nation wide concomitant of our immigration policy place it High in the process of migrant education enlist the help of voluntary societies in a positive Effort to instruct our new settlers in the fundamentals of our National or. Downer said he referred particularly to 9 the place of the Queen and Royal family in our Legal and political systems As Well As in our affections a our traditional association with Britain politically commercially and intellectually a the importance we attach to our position in the British Commonwealth and a the warming relations with our asian Neighbours. Or. Downer said that immigration was but one of several major forces causing re orientation of Australia s foreign policy since 1939. He quoted figures to show that half of Australia s 1,545,000 postwar migrants came from the United kingdom. It is unlikely that they have brought with them allegiances and pre dispositions different from the prevailing pro British sentiments which save for a Small minority of discordant voices have animated Australia s overseas Outlook for the last 150 he said. Not from this Quarter can we anticipate any voters among the other 500,000 migrants the most decisive influence would be exerted by those who became naturalised and so had the right to vote. Or. Downer explained that there were very real difficulties in sustaining the present proportion of British migrants in the annual intake. Besides this other forces Are at work which May weaken Australia s attachment for things British he added. There is our own flowering nationalism our rising place in world councils our strategic value to our allies our increasing self sufficiency. The world applauds this and so of course do we but it is already resulting in a perceptible alteration to our relations with the Mother or. Downer inside a minister visits w.a.�?p.2. A Canberra buildei�?p3. A yank praises schools�?p.3. A steel feature�?p.6. A National capital grows �?p.7. A Success incorporated a p.8. No. 80 september 1960 More refugees for Australia Australia would accept up to 500 refugee families each with a physically handicapped member the minister for immigration or. Downer said last month. Fit addition Australia would accept 3,000 refugees under assisted passage arrangements As part of the immigration programme for the present a Mancial gear. Or. Downer said the 500 handicapped refugees to be admitted to Australia would include 200 sponsored by the government and 300 to be sponsored by voluntary organisations or individuals. Australia will not confine her refugee Aid Only to special help in world refugee year he added. We shall continue to review our policy from time to time to relate the numbers admitted to the needs of refugees. Clear Camps we were glad to join with other nations in the special Effort of world refugee year to help Clear the so called hard Core or refugees who have lived for years in Camps because one or More members of a family suffered from some physical Handicap. In the past the fact that one handicapped member could not Migrate meant that other members of the family would not leave him or her and thus condemned themselves to a life of hopelessness in the Camps. Our policy of admitting these handicapped cases is designed to resolve this kind of tragic or. Downer said the world refugee year Appeal in Australia had aroused a generous response in donations of Money and offers of More direct help. Practical offers had been of four main types to adopt refugee children accommodate families employ refugees and to donate food clothing and Money to individual refugees in Camps in europe11 and Asia. new men named for two councils i he names of two Newt members of the Commonwealth i Migra t i o n planning Council and one new member of the immigration advisory Council were announced late last month. Or. David Fairbairn . For Farrer has been appointed chairman of the planning Council to succeed or. Justice Percy Joske who has become a judge of the Commonwealth Industrial court and the supreme court of the . Or. J. F. Ledger president of the West australian employers federation also joins the planning Council. Or. L. H. Barnard labor member for the seat of Bass in the House of representatives joins the advisory Council succeeding the late or. Percy Clarey. Or. Fairbairn is the third Liberal member of the House of representatives to be chairman of the planning Council which includes leading industrialists economists and the president of die .u., or. A. E. Monk. Or. Ledger has an intimate knowledge of Western Australia and will be Able to offer particularly valuable advice on the growing Industrial development of his state and migrants part in its expansion or. Barnard a former tasmanian school teacher brings the advisory Council the Benefit of a Broad experience which will be a valuable addition to the existing widely representative membership

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