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F R O M T H E M I N I S T E R F O R I M M I G R A T I O N

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FOR RELEASE AFTER 6.30 p.m. SUNDAY, DECEMBER

18, 1966.

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION, THE HON.

B.M. SNEDDEN, Q.C, '

The Minister for Immigration, Mr, Snedden, today released

a booklet giving Australian immigration and population figures as

far back as 1788.

He said that the booklet, produced by the Department of

Immigration, was the first to present these in a single volume. It

traced Australia's growth from a total population of 859 in 1788

to 11,452,552 in June, 1966.

"The reader will see much more, information on migration

since 1945, because more detailed records have been kept in this

period", he said.

"Post-war statistics include breakdowns by nationality,

birthplace, occupation, sex and family composition of new arrivals

and figures of naturalizations, and migrant marriages and births.

"Australia can rightly claim to have achieved an original

• system of migration statistics in that they clearly separate true

migrants from those who are visiting or returning to Australia",

M r . Snedden said. ‘

"This new publication, 'Australian Immigration -

Consolidated Statistics', which draws on statistics compiled by the

Commonwealth Statistician and from other sources as well as statistics

maintained by the Department of Immigration itself, will be revised

every five years", he said.

"Between editions, the department's 'Annual Statistical

Bulletin1 and the 1 Quarterly Statistical Summary1 issued by the

department will provide essential statistical information in a

continuing and easily-understood form.

"Immigration is so much a part of Australia and her

future development that the statistics of immigration are in

continually greater demand in many quarters. They enable the

Government to assess progress and to determine policies effectively.

"The booklet released today will be welcomed by all

students, and other people interested in migration, as an important

contribution to the study of Australian immigration," Mr. Snedden

said.

Department of Immigration,. CANBERRA. A.C.T. = '

Sunday December 18, 1966.