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SPEECH NOTES FOR THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON. E.G. W H I T L A M , Q.C., M.P., ■ FOR A MEETING OF ETHNIC ORGANISATIONS LONER T O W N HALL, SYDNEY, 27 JULY 1975

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SERVING .MIGRANT PEOPLE AND ALL OF YOU h a v e ACHIEVED EMINENCE . ■ . · - . . ■ . . . · · . . '.V..;:· . . · ::^7VVvT·";.

■IN YOUR PROFESS IONAL FI ELDS AND WITHIN THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY ; ' — ^ ' · ' · ' · ' · ' .-'-WV'-..

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c f N e w S o u t h H a l e s . I w a n t t o t e l l y o u a t o n c e t h a t .t h e

A u s t r a l i a n G o v e r n m e n t ’ w a r m l y a p p l a u d s t h i s i n i t i a t i v e .; I

c o n g r a t u l a t e y o u c n t h i s f i r s t s t e p t o w a r d s i t . '.τ' ·

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-r*. z. rOR A LONG TIME MANY PEOPLE HAVE THOUGHT OF OUR MIGRANT .

COMMUNITIES AS SMALL, SEPARATED MINORITIES, LIVING APART' .

FROM THE WIDER COMMUNITY. THERE HAS BEEN SOME TRUTH IN THIS

IMPRESSION, DESPITE THE GREAT NUMBERS OF MIGRANTS W H O HAVE

MADE THEIR MARK ON AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY. THIS IMPRESSION M U S T

B E OVERCOME.

Y o u r n e w Co u n c i l , b y b r i n g i n g t o g e t h e r m i g r a n t s o f a l l '

KINDS,·FROM MANY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, WILL HELP TO . ■ 1

BREAK DOWN THE ISOLATION AND APARTNESS WHICH MANY PEOPLE

ASSOCIATE, HOWEVER MISTAKENLY, WITH MIGRANT COMMUNITIES,

IT W ILL REMIND AUSTRALIANS OF THE STRENGTH AND IMPORTANCE

OF MIGRANTS IN OUR NATIONAL LIFE. MIGRANTS HAVE A GREAT -

MANY INTERESTS IN COMMON DESPITE THEIR DIFFERING SOCIAL AND'

NATIONAL BACKGROUNDS, ' It IS CERTAINLY TIME THAT AN ' : . . . ' : .·â– â– â–  · ' ' ■ . . · ..... . L " ' : ■ · ■ ■ - ■ ■ · ' : VvV.-;'.- - "Y

ORGANISATION WAS FORMED TO UNITE AND REPRESENT A L L ETHNIC • - - . · . ■ · V - . . - ' . . I · . . 1 · · . · . · · < . · · - · . ; . - . .

GROUPS ' IN THE. COMMUNITY," . · MIGRANTS MAY. SOMETIMES F E E L APART Ι­

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FROM OTHER AUSTRALIANS - REGRETTABLE AS THIS MAY BE - B U T . T H E - τ Τ τ · · ;:. Tv-Tv

SHOULD NEVER.FEEL A P A R T FROM ONE ANOTHER A ;..Fr I ENDSHIP" AND VT>-;.: i

COLLABORATION BETWEEN MIGRANTS IS THE ESSENTIAL BASIS' OF . .

FRIENDSHIP AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN MIGRANTS AND THE WHOLE

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COMMUNITY.

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i h e D e p a r t m e n t c f S o c i a l S e c u r i t y h a s j u s t p r o d u c e d a .

d i r e c t o r y c a l l e d N a t i o n a l G r o u p s i n A u s t r a l i a ".' E d i t i o n s

WILL APPEAR E V E R Y YEAR FOR EACH STATE, COPIES OF THIS ·

PUBLICATION A R E AVAILABLE TO A L L OF YOU HERE, LOOKING . .

.THROUGH IT, ONE IS REMINDED OF THE EXTRAORDINARY RANGE AND

SCOPE OF THE ETHNIC ORGANISATIONS IN NEW SOUTH WALES.

H e SEE A REMARKABLE PICTURE OF A DIVERSE AND VIGOROUS . . ' L

COMMUNITY - REFLECTED .IN A HOST OF SOCIAL, S P O R T I N G , . ; A L

RELIGIOUS, ARTISTIC AND RECREATIONAL GROUPS, · · H-CP A "'.L-Tv

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Th e r e c o u l d b e n o b e t t e r e v i d e n c e o f t h e p e r v a s i v e

INFLUENCE OF MIGRANTS IN ALL SPHERES OF NATIONAL LIFE

AND OF THE GREAT CONTRIBUTION THEY HAVE MADE TO AUSTRALIA,

IT IS ONE OF MY TASKS TODAY TO LAUNCH THIS PUBLICATION,

I AM SURE IT WILL BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO ETHNIC '.

ORGANISATIONS AND TO ALL OF US IN PUBLIC LIFE WHO ARE '

COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU, - ' ·. : ; ■ ; .

I AM GLAD THE LEADER.OF THE OPPOSITION IS HERE TODAY ' >

BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT TO POINT OUT THAT A L L P O L I T I C A L PARTIES ' ' '

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IN AUSTRALIA ARE .COMMITTED TO THE WELFARE OF MIGRANTS. ■ " * ■ - : : C r' ’ -'ΛΟ ‘ - . ' " - Λ: V ":' "' ' ..."

S i n c e t h i s i s a "n o n - p o l i t i c a l g a t h e r i n g I w i l l s i m p l y s a y

THAT SOME PARTIES ARE MORE COMMITTED THAN OTHERS, A : 1 ; : "

M r F r a s e r 's p a r t y 'b r o u g h t m o r e o f y o u h e r e , b u t . m y ;

PARTY DOES MORE TO LOOK A F T E R YOU, It WAS A · LABOR . ' /F···.. T L v

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G o v e r n m e n t t h a t l a u n c h e d t h e i m m i g r a t i o n , p r o g r a m .i n 1946 .

AND SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS HAVE CARRIED IT ON, MORE THAN ■ · . - ■ . - - ... . F\V;v'·:

3 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE COME TO AUSTRALIA IN THE POSTWAR PERIOD, £

T w e n t y p e r c e n t o f A u s t r a l i a 's p o p u l a t i o n - o n e p e r s o n i n .,-·

FIVE - WAS Ξ 3 rN OVERSEAS, A QUARTER OF THE SIX MILLION ..£.

CHILDREN 3 CRN IM AUSTRALIA SINCE WORLD WAR 11 BELONG TO . . .

FAMILIES IN W H I C H ONE PARENT OR BOTH WERE OVERSEAS-BORN. '

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T h e M i g r a t i o n p r o g r a m h a s b e e n o n e o f t h e g r e a t e s t m a s s

MOVEMENTS OF PEOPLE IN ALL HISTORY, AUSTRALIA IS ONE OF THE

WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED AND SUCCESSFUL MULTI-NATIONAL SOCIETIES,

T h i s i s a g r e a t t r i b u t e t o t h e m i g r a n t s , t h e m s e l v e s - t o . .

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t h e m i l l i o n s o f n e w c o m e r s w h o h a v e h e l p e d t o d e v e l o p a n d

ENRICH THIS COUNTRY.

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THE. PRIME 'DISADVANTAGED /GROUPS IN SOCIETY. OuR POLICY HAS . . \, - ■ -ir ·'··/·/; ·:·-■··: ': . " · ' · > . · . “ · · ’· -V: . v

-BEEN TO RECTIFY- A LONG TRADITION OF INJUSTICE AND DEPRIVATION; .·â– ·â–  · . . . ; ; . ' ' ; v v ' v , · · ' ' A / · . -

. TO GIVE MIGRANTS THE SAME -REWARDS AND OPPORTUNITIES AS .OTHER ^A : " · Ή . ' · - v ; · - ' . · ; · ' ■ · - · ' · . · · · ' ' · : . 7 ' ’ ' v A ’ ·;

- A u s t r a l i a n s . ; )Th e G o v e r n m e n t 's p o l i c y i s n o t t o c o n c e n t r a t e . . 'f: ;

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ON 3RINGIMG'’ VAST NUMBERS OF NEW SETTLERS.'TO A U S T R A L I A . W e ; " · ■ • . ' . * : · ■ · . ■ · ■ · · . " V ■ · · ■ . ·.■··-·; . . · · · : ■ ■ - · ' ■· ■-·'- - · < · . : v. ■ " ' ARE NOT INTERESTED IN NUMBERS FOR THEIR OWN SAKE. .'..THE B E S T . ■ ■ ; , ; . . : ■ . . · . · · ■ . ■ ■ · - . " ; ■ · - · ; , .: ...

INVESTMENT WE CAN M AKE IN OUR FUTURE IS TO ENSURE THAT MIGRANTS

ALREADY -IN AUSTRALIA-LEAD SECURE AND H A P P Y .L I V E S . . AUSTRALIA'S .

MIGRANT INTAKE IS NOW LARGELY DETERMINED BY MIGRANTS ..:. . A A l A

THEMSELVES, ;HI3 IS BECAUSE WE HAVE GIVEN PRIORITY .IN

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THE SELECTI DT-i IT MIGRANTS TO THE REUNION OF FAMILIES. · No

TESTS OF ACCEPTABILITY BEYOND THOSE OF. SOUND HEALTH AND /

GOOD CHARACTER ARE APPLIED TO THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN THEIR

FAMILIES U i AUSTRALIA,

WE BELIEVE THE PEOPLE MOST LIKELY TO SETTLE HAPPILY IN

A u s t r a l i a a r e t h o s e w h o c o m e h e r e t o j o i n m e m b e r s o f

THEIR OWN FAMILIES. THROUGH OUR SOCIAL SECURITY AND

WELFARE PROGRAMS WE HAVE TRIED TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ■

STANDARDS OF MIGRANT PEOPLE AND INVOLVE THEM MORE . .

CLOSELY IN COMMUNITY DECISIONS AND PLANNING. PROGRAMS /'

s u c h a s t h e A u s t r a l i a n A s s i s t a n c e P l a n , Co m m u n i t y . ■ v .

H e a l t h C e n t r e s a n d REDS 7 . i m p o r t a n t a s t h e y a r e f o r a l l

.Au s t r a l i a n s - - a r e o f p a r t i c u l a r b e n e f i t t o mi g r a n t s "b e c a u s e

o f t h e e n c o u r a g e m e n t t h e y g i v e f o r p u b l i c p a r t i c i p a t i o n

IN c o m m u n i t y a n d g o v e r n m e n t a c t i o n .

T h e r e i s o n e v e r y g o o d w a y o f m e a s u r i n g t h e c o n t e n t m e n t . ;

o f m i g r a n t s a n d t h e s u c c e s s o f a l l g o v e r n m e n t e f f o r t s t o

CARE FOR THEM AND SPEED-THEIR INTEGRATION INTO AUSTRALIAN

s o c i e t y . T h a t i s i n t h e f i g u r e s f o r A u s t r a l i a n c i t i z e n s h i p

"-'.-HAT WE USED TO D-_L NATURALISATION. THESE FIGURES HAVE ......

SHOWN A STEADY A N D MOST GRATIFYING INCREASE. In 1973 WE

AMENDED THE _ - ’S 0= AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TO ELIMINATE A L L

DISCRIMINATION IN THE ACQUISITION AND GRANT OF CITIZENSHIP

r i g h t s . In 1572 a t o t a l o f 42,351 a p p l i c a t i o n s f o r T

CITIZEN3KI? WERE RECEIVED. THIS ROSE TO 57,188 IN 1973

a n d 115,213 i n 1974, F i g u r e s s o f a r f o r 1975 s u g g e s t a

TOTAL OF BETWEEN 130,900 AND 140,000,

T h e i n c r e a s e i n N e w S o u t h W a l e s i n t h i s p e r i o d h a s b e e n

MORE THAN THREE-FOLD - 16,000 IN 1972 TO AN ANTICIPATED

TOTAL OF AROUND 50,000 FOR 1975. THESE FIGURES CLEARLY SHOW

THAT NEWCOMERS TO AUSTRALIA ARE ANXIOUS TO TAKE THEIR . .

PLACE WITH OTHER AUSTRALIANS AS FULL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. : .

7, .1 MENTIONED DISCRIMINATION IN CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS.. M o s t o f y o u w i l l k n o w t h a t m y G o v e r n m e n t h a s w o r k e d .

STEADILY TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION OF ALL KINDS. "

WE HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE PARLIAMENT -.AFTER SEVERAL.7 A T T E M P T S,11. MIGHT SAY “ T H E RACIAL DISCRIMINATION BlLL

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TO MAKE ANY KIND-OF, DISCRIMINATION UNLAWFUL AND TO ‘

COMBAT RACIAL PREJUDICE WHEREVER IT MAY OCCUR, ΪΗΕ

A c t e m b o d i e s o u r o b l i g a t i o n s c o n t a i n e d"i n t h e In t e r n a t i o n a l

Co n v e n t i o n o n t h e E l i m i n a t i o n o f a l l Fo r m s o f Ra c i a l ; . . .

D i s c r i m i n a t i o n ,, w h i c h A u s t r a l i a h a s r a t i f i e d . 1 7 '

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Co m m i s s i o n e r f o r Co m m u n i t y R e l a t i o n s .

Ξ3 AS AN INDEPENDENT STATUTORY AUTHORITY

*70- MEDIATE IN ANY DISPUTE WHEN COMPLAINTS OF RACIAL

DISCRIMINATION ABE MADE, In ADDITION, ‘ THE GOVERNMENT IS . . V

DETERMINED TO REMOVE ANY DISCRIMINATORY PROVISIONS FROM A L L ;

A u s t r a l i a n l a w s . T h e s a d f a c t i s t h a t r a c i a l d i s c r i m i n a t i o n .

p e r s i s t s i n A u s t r a l i a in m a n y s u b t l e a n d u n s p o k e n f o r m s . I A

CAN THINK OF ONE POLITICAL ISSUE DURING RECENT WEEKS IN WHICH

AN ELEMENT OF RACIAL PREJUDICE LAY CLOSE TO THE SURFACE.

No ONE WHO WITNESSED THE BEHAVIOUR OF CERTAIN SENATORS LAST

T u e s d a y c o u l d d o u b t t h a t s u c h p r e j u d i c e s u r v i v e s a t e v e n

THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF PUBLIC LIFE. ' \ . / · i. AT- · ·

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8, Ed u c a t i o n i s c r u c i a l t o t h e w e l f a r e a n d h a p p i n e s s o f

MIGRANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND

DEPARTMENTS HAVE MADE A NUMBER OF"STUDIES OF THE .

NEEDS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN. ' .

W h e n m y G o v e r n m e n t s e t u p t h e S c h o o l s Co m m i s s i o n i n ;.

1973 WE REALISED THAT MUCH OF THE INEQUALITY IN SCHOOLS

IS RELATED TO THE UNMET NEEDS OF - SPECIAL .GROUPS SUCH . AS

MIGRANTS. . A DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH NUMBER OF E T H N I C j , ; ' ■ " . .· V . · - ' . . " ' · ", ■ · . · . - i"VJ''ifr".:.

MINORITY CHILDREN.DROP OUT OF SCHOOL/ BOTH P H Y S I C A L L Y ! . ' . ■ ; : :·Î½Î›Î¤ T-;,-·' ■ \A . · . ■

AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY. IN ITS STUDY OF MIGRANT EDUCATION/ · ·..··: C 0 ·.··;·. E D i fe ,;. ;, '·

t h e S c h o o l s Co m m i s s i o n c o n v e n e d a s e r i e s o f m e e t i n g s i n

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S y d-n d y a n d o t h e r c e n t r e s w i t h e t h n i c m i n o r i t y g r o u p s ,

PARENTS, YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATIONAL A U T H O R I T I E S .. AMONG

THE MEETINGS HELD IN SYDNEY WAS ONE CONVENED BY THE INNER : i

WESTERN SUBURBS ΤΞΕΙΟΝ ETHNIC COMMUNITIES GROUP, T H E SPONSOR

OF TODAY'S GA~-EElwS, FOREIGN-LANGUAGE ADVERTISEMENTS IN . - , ' . ' > · · · ‘ . " L/V-.'· · . " ' '

THE ETHNIC FEEDS DROUGHT A LIVELY RESPONSE AND M ANY T/ ‘

SUGGESTIONS rGR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS. THIS DIALOGUE

WAS AN ESSEHTZA. iDEMENT IN THE DRAFTING OF PROPOSALS FOR A

NEW DEAL IN THE SCHOOLING OF ETHNIC MINORITY CHILDREN,.

T-­ ; ~ Ξ COMMISSION HAS PROPOSED MORE FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR

LEARNING ENGLISH AND A GREATER RECOGNITION IN SCHOOLS OF

THE DISTINCTIVE CULTURES OF THE ETHNIC MINORITIES.

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We i n t e n d t o s e e t h a t t h e r e s o u r c e s p r o v i d e d b y t h e *

A u s t r a l i a n G o v e r n m e n t f o r m i g r a n t e d u c a t i o n s h o u l d b e s p e n t .

MORE EFFECTIVELY, AND THAT ETHNIC COMMUNITIES HAVE SOME

SAY IN DECIDING HOW THEY ARE SPENT, THE SCHOOLS

Co m m i s s i o n is l o o k i n g a t t r a i n i n g c o u r s e s f o r m i g r a n t s t o

ENABLE THEM TO TAKE THEIR PLACES IN THE SCHOOLS AS · - .

TEACHER AIDES, INTERPRETERS, COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICERS; "

EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTS IN BILINGUAL TEACHING OF GENERAL

. SCHOOL SUBJECTS a ( AMD THE INTRODUCTION OF MIGRANT ’ iL \T. . : · ·' Vi'·:. ■ ■ ·' · · : -.i.

LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL STUDIES IN SCHOOLS,

La n g u a g e i s a b a r r i e r n o t o n l y f o r c h i l d r e n b u t f o r . .: ' - . . ■ , . . ; .. ■ ·

m a n y a d u l t m i g r a n t s , La s t No v e m b e r A u s t r a l i a n a n d L'-'p

St a t e M i n i s t e r s f o r Im m i g r a t i o n a n n o u n c e d t h e f o r m a t i o n

c f a N a t i o n a l Co u n c i l o n In t e r p r e t i n g a n d T r a n s l a t i o n ,

T h e A u s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t is f u n d i n g f u l l -t i m e c o u r s e s ' .

FOR INTERPRETERS A N D TRANSLATORS IN SYDNEY, MELBOURNE .

a n d Ca n b e r r a . It :s n o t d i f f i c u l t t o i m a g i n e c i r c u m s t a n c e s ,

I'J. THE C O U R T , Si JOB INTERVIEWS, IN MEDICINE, WHE R E SKILLED

TRANSLATION COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNEMPLOYMENT

OR WORK, JUSTICE OR INJUSTICE, EVEN LIFE OR DEATH. .

10, W e w a n t m i g r a n t s t o e n j o y r a d i o b r o a d c a s t s i n t h e i r

OWN LANGUAGES, FOR THAT REASON WE HAVE LICENSED

TWO EXPERIMENTAL RADIO STATIONS FOR ETHNIC GROUPS

i n S y d n e y a n d M e l b o u r n e . T h e r e a r e d o z e n s o f s u c h

s t a t i o n s i n t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s a n d Ca n a d a , A .s p e c i a l

c o m m i t t e e w i l l b e r e p o r t i n g t o t h e Go v e r n m e n t o n t h e

SUCCESS: o f THESE STATIONS. - · A A ' ,.·

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11. . M o s t o f y o u w i l l b e a w a r e o f t h e m a n y o t h e r m e a s u r e s

:WE HAVE BROUGHT IN DURING THE PAST TWO AND A HALF

YEARS, --WE HAVE INTRODUCED PORTABILITY OF PENSION

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RIGHTS TO ENABLE-'ANYONE TO RECEIVE . AGED, INVALID, „ '' - '■ . . :· .-.'ν-·..;.. ’ :·

WIDOWS' OR WIVES PENSIONS IN ANY COUNTRY IN WHICH THEY . * ·.· . "

CHOOSE 70 LIVE, RE HAVE ENABLED MIGRANTS TO CLAIM TAX

DEDUCTIONS FOR DEPENDANTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES, W e HAVE

ESTABLISHED A TELEPHONE INTERPRETER.SERVICE IN THE -

CAPITAL CITIES TST TEAL WITH REQUESTS FOR HELP AND y-T .1

SLIDANCE FFCM -DP R A N T S , W e HAVE OPENED'MIGRANT ' ..y A

EDUCATION CD" ~ -ES AND APPOINTED WELFARE OFFICERS TO

- ‘ •DRK IN THE CD'T^UNJTY AND IN SCHOOLS, W e HAVE B A N N E D

THE DEPORTATION SR T H E CANCELLATION OF CITIZENSHIP OF

a n y A u s t r a l i a n c i t i z e n , We h a v e e s t a b l i s h e d T a s k F o r c e s

i n a l l S t a t e c a p i t a l s t o i d e n t i f y t h e m o s t u r g e n t ; a

SETTLEMENT PROBLEMS CONFRONTING MIGRANTS, ", .

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12, T h e g r e a t t h i n g a b o u t y o u r p r o p o s e d n e w Co u n c i l i s ,

. THAT IT WILL BE ABLE TO SPEAK FOR ALL ETHNIC GROUPS .

IN THE COMMUNITY AND COOPERATE WITH GOVERNMENTS - NATIONAL

a n d S t a t e - t o i m p r o v e t h e w e l f a r e o f a l l m i g r a n t s ,

M u c h g o o d w o r k is d o m e f o r m i g r a n t s b y v o l u n t a r y .

; o r g a n i s a t i o n s , b u t y o u r C o u n c i l w i l l p r o v i d e a n .

a u t h e n t i c v o i c e f o r a l l e t h n i c g r o u p s a n d a f o c u s a n d

r a l l y i n g POINT FOR YOUR ACTIVITIES, I v e r y m u c h h o p e

THAT THE AIMS OF THIS MEETING W I L L BE ACHIEVED. .1 Z .

HOPE THE NEW COUNCIL WILL COMMAND WIDE AND LOYAL SUPPORT

FROM MANY DIFFERENT GROUPS; THAT IT W ILL NOT MERELY : 1 -

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