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Pamphlet - 'Twenty Million Australians in Our Time!', Arthur Calwell, Australian Federal Minister for Immigration, 8 Sep 1949 Document Reg. No: HT 23831

Black and white printed pamphlet titled '20,000,000 Australians In Our Time!' written by Arthur Calwell on 8 September 1949. The pamphlet contains a statement given by the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Arthur A. Calwell, M.H.R. to the House of Representatives on 8 September, 1949. The statement outlines the statistics, policy and mechanisms of post World War II migration from Europe which Calwell undertook as Australia's first Minister for Immigration. It also provides details about the Australian Citizenship Act which had just been introduced in 1949 and the economic growth stimulated by the immigration drive as well as the way immigrants were settling into the country.

Under the catch cry of 'populate or perish!' Calwell sought to expand Australia's traditional immigration base from the British Isles to Eastern and Southern Europe. The following quote from this pamphlet illustrates some of his arguments: 'there can be no argument against immigration at this point of Australian history. We must fill this country or we will lose it. But even if there were no urgent security reason for our immigration drive, there would be sound and cogent economic ones.'
Black and white printed pamphlet of 6 pages bound with two staples in the centre. In the centre of the front cover is a black and white photograph of Arthur Calwell.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 202 mm (Height), 239 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration policies, citizenship, immigration selection, population, good neighbour movement, migration schemes, populate or perish
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Policy
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Title: '20,000,000 Australians In Our Time!'.
Below the photograph on the front cover is 'Statement of Immigration Policy by the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Arthur A. Calwell, M.H.R., to the House of Representatives, September 8, 1949.'
Author: Mr Arthur Calwell, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 8 Sep 1949
A. A. Calwell, "20,000,000 Australians In Our Time!" September 8, 1949.

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