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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - September 1, 1966, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory New financial plan make sit easier to Migrate thousands will Benefit thousands of people particularly from Europe now will find it less expensive to Migrate to Australia. This follows an announcement by the minister for immigration or. Opperman that Australia would increase its contributions towards assisted passages. Or. Opperman said the australian government would a provide further help through the intergovernmental committee for european migration 1cem towards the passage costs of certain categories of assisted migrants including refugees. This would Cut Down the amount of Loans these migrants had to repay to 1cem. A give increased unilateral assistance to selected migrants needed in Australia and not already eligible for assistance under existing bilateral agreements o. From International organizations. A make a Grant of $90 a head to voluntary agencies for certain family re Union migrants travelling to Australia under their auspices but not eligible under assisted passage programmes. " these decisions Are a realistic recognition by Australia of the toughening Worlo conditions in which we must continue our highly successful immigration programme so vital to our development or. Opperman said. Agreements " our assisted migration programme has operated substantially within a framework of bilateral and Multi lateral agreements and arrangements with not Only the Goodwill 01 the other governments concerned but with a considerable financial contribution by them to the movement costs of their own nationals. Additional contributions have come from other International sources for both migrants and refugee movements. " it is understandable with full employment and improved living standards in Europe that some of these governments and International organizations do not now feel the same obligation to make Grants to departing migrants passage costs he said. " although the existing bilateral and multilateral programmes will continue to be the Backbone of Australia s assisted passage migration the increased mobility of workers throughout the world and particularly within Europe has made it unnecessarily complicated for All applicants for migration to return to their original homelands before they and their dependants can qualify for assisted passages. " to Cater for these expatriates and for migrants from european countries not covered by bilateral arrangements Australia will offer unilateral passage assistance of up to $335 for adults and $360 for children under 19 years of age. Adult migrants will pay $25 each plus any travel Cost above $360 for themselves and their children. " the increased Grant by the australian government to the fares of adults and the even More generous contribution to die fares of children will Oring to Australia Many desirable people who without such assistance would be unable to achieve their desire to Settle Here. To qualify for these Grants migrants must be approved by australian officers and they will be carefully selected in accordance with Australia s needs. " this unilateral assistance programme will include some categories of migrants previously eligible under the general assisted passage scheme but will not replace that scheme entirely. The general assisted passage scheme provides for a government subsidy of $144 towards the fares of adults pro rata for children and will continue to apply in a number of countries closer to continue Don Page six the Good no. 152 september 1966 Rugby Jan no coaches australian Rule steam a former Birmingham Man who was a keen Rugby player As a youth in England is now the enthusiastic coach of 74 boys in a Junior australian rules football club in Perth. It was no problem transferring my allegiance from one football code to the other said or. Ivor Llewellyn formerly of Birmingham. As soon As i saw that the shape of the Ball was much the same that was or. Llewellyn migrated to Western Australia with his wife Betty and two children Mary now 20, and Ian 18, in january 1953. A third Chud David now 12, was born in Australia. Or. Llewellyn became interested in australian rules football As soon As he arrived in Perth. His club is a Nursery for the Perth league club which has headed the state s National football league premiership table for most of this season. Above or. Llewellyn demonstrates to the Young footballers How to hold the Ball for a torpedo punt kick. Social services extended to All settlers All migrants an those interested in their welfare will Welcome the new social services provisions in the budget the minister for immigration or. Opperman said on budget night. Or. Opperman was commenting on the budget proposal that age invalid and widows pensions will become available to All migrants under the same conditions that now apply to others. " migrants arriving to Settle permanently in Australia were already entitled to child endowment unemployment sickness funeral and rehabilitation benefits and maternity allowances or. Opperman said. Previously the provision for discretionary payment had been used in certain circumstances. This gave special benefits to migrants who were not normally eligible for age widows or invalid pensions because of nationality. " the proposed legislation will give them the same statutory right to the pensions As australian said or. Opperman. Need irrespective of nationality will determine whether people living in Australia Are entitled to a social service continue Don Page three,

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