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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, MR MALCOLM FRASER

MESSAGE TO N . S . U . GREEK COMMUNITY

Oh t h i s , my f i r s t o f f i c i a l v i s i t to Meu South U al e s as

Leader o f th e F e d e r a l O p p o s i t i o n , i t g i v e s me s p e c i a l p l e a s u r e

to g r e e t the N . S . U . Greek com m unit y, which has c o n t r i b u t e d so

much to th e d e v e l op ment and pro s p e r i t y of t h a t S t a t e .

Greek m i g r a n t s , and t h e i r d e s c e n d a n ts down to th e f o u r t h

g e n e r a t i o n , have made t h e i r marks in the N . S . U . p r o f e s s i o n s ,

i n b u s i n e s s , and as f a r m e r s . As w o r k e r s th e y have made a

massive c o n t r i b u t i o n to th e S t a t e ' s i n d u s t r i a l o u t p u t .

They have shown t h e m s e l v e s t o be i n d u s t r i o u s and l i k e a b l e

p e o p l e , and thus have been welcomed by th e n a t i v e - b o r n A u s t r a l i a n s

f o r t h e i r s o c i a l and economic c o n t r i b u t i o n .

Those who embarked on p r i v a t e e n t e r p r i s e s needing t h e

s t i m u l u s of th e fo r m e r L i b e r a l F e d e r a l G o ve r n m e n t's encouragement

o f i n d i v i d u a l i n i t i a t i v e and e n e r g y , m u s t , I f e e l , r e s e n t today ,

the s t u l t i f y i n g e f f e c t on t h e i r e f f o r t s o f th e Labo r G o ve r n m e n t's

d i s a s t r o u s economic p o l i c i e s .

Greek w o r k e r s must vie w w i t h a la r m the e f f e c t o f th o s e

p o l i c i e s on i n d u s t r i a l em plo ym ent.

■ M e a n w h i le , Greek m i g r a n t s have e n r i c h e d the N . S . U . c u l t u r a l

scene w i th t h e i r n a t i o n a l t h e a t r i c a l and f o l k - d a n c e g r o u p s , and

t h e i r c h o i r s . P e r i o d i c a l l y , t h e s e have m a t e r i a l l y h e l p e d

v a r i o u s c h a r i t a b l e c a u s e s .

The p rom in en ce o f the Greek s o ccer c l u b s and t h e i r

c o n t r i b u t i o n to t h e growth o f t h a t s p o r t needs no u n d e r l i n i n g

by me.

F i n a l l y , may I t a k e t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y to emphasise t h a t i t

was th e f o r m e r L i b e r a l F e d e r a l Government t h a t made age ,

i n v a l i d and widow p en sio n s t r a n s f e r a b l e to c o u n t r i e s making

r e c i p r o c a l a r ra n g e m e n ts w i t h A u s t r a l i a . I t d i d t h i s on th e

recommendation of th e f o r m e r N . S . U . M i g r a n t Advis ory C o u n c i l

of the L i b e r a l P a r t y .

24 A p r i l 1975