Immigration in the 1960s
By 1965, 2 million migrants had arrived in Australia since WW2.In the early '60s there was community concern to end the racist immigration policy and create closer ties with SE Asia.

The Menzies’ foreign affairs policy was "good neighbourliness" and led to such plans as the Colombo Plan which saw hundreds of Asian students studying at Australian universities. In 1966 the Immigration Minister announced an amended immigration policy which opened the door for selected non-European migration. Asian migrants who were particularly skilled would be allowed to settle. The White Australia plank was also removed from the Australian Labor Party platform in June 1965- after much debate. Read more here.. Useful website to explore...
The easing of barriers to non-European migration was matched by the move toward integration as a social policy for migrants, replacing the earlier ideal of immigrants assimilating into society. Migrants were now encouraged to retain elements of their "home culture”, as many ethnic groups had been doing. By 1968 the Immigration Department was recruiting in its first non-European source country, Turkey, even if attempts were still made to select only the lighter-skinned applicants.

Between 1966 and 1970 an average 6500 Asians were permitted to settle each year. The Labor government in 1973 was to remove all racial qualifications to immigration, and lower the time required for gaining citizenship – ending the preferential treatment of British subjects.

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