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The Presidents and Secretaries of the G-ood Neighbour

Councils of Australia concluded a three-day annual conference

in Canberra this afternoon.

They discussed matters concerning the organisation of the

Councils and ways of increasing the effectiveness of the ·

Councils’ operations and their direct services to the migrant

c ommunity.

The chairman of the conference was Sir John McCauley,

President of the New South Wales Good Neighbour Council..

Councils were represented by; Australian Capital Territory,

Mr. I. Krippner, President, and Mr. R. Besant, Field Officer;

New South Wales, Sir John McCauley and Mr. T. Fairbairn,

Secretary; Queensland, Mr. R.H. Wainwright, President, and

Mr. E.A. Barkworth, Secretary; South Australia, Sir Keith

Wilson, President, and Mr. 1. lies, Secretary; Tasmania, Mr.

L. Hewitt, Senior Vice-President, and Mrs. G. Ferguson, of the

Launceston office; Victoria, Mr. H.R. McKenzie, President,

and Mr. M. Lewis, Secretary; Western Australia, Mr. J.R.

Huelin, President, and Mr. E. White, Secretary.

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Department of Immigration, CANBERRA. A.C.T. . .

May 14, 1970

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He will discuss with Ministers of the various

governments problems and other matters relating to the

immigration programme which vary from country to country,

Mr. Lynch has already become faimiiiar with the

immigration programme and the workings of his Department

within Australia. He will now take a first hand look at

his Department’s- operations overseas and assess immigration

potential from various regions. .

• In Britain, Mr. Lynch will attend a meeting of

Commonwealth Migration Officers in London.' He will also

visit Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, looking closely at

recruitment prospects and measures being taken to improve

the present situation.

In Canada, Mr. Lynch will exchange views on

the problems of large-scale immigration with the Ministry

of Manpower and Immigration.

' Mr. Lynch will also have talks with the

Administration in Washington and will visit New York and

San Francisco to assess the growing interest among Americans

about Australia.

Accompanying Mr. Lynch on some stages of his

overseas tour will be the Secretary of the Department of

Immigration, Mr. P.R. Heydon.

During the absence of Mr. Lynch overseas,

Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin will act as Minister for


Department of Immigration, ·

CANBERRA, A.C.T. 15 May 1970. ·