NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
10th August, 1948 : The Federal Government said it would accept all the immigrants that available shipping could carry to boost Australia’s population. More than 27,000 migrants, of whom 18,000 came from the United Kingdom, arrived in the first six months of this year, and 70,000 are expected for the year. A minimum of 72,000 people are expected next year. The non-British migrants have been drawn from America, Holland, Estonia, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Yugoslavia.
[All Indonesian shipping is now available, migrants come from much closer places, and, but for the last 100 nautical miles, by a jet aircraft. That’s progress!]