Settlement of Jews in Kimberly District of Australia Officially Approved

The government of Western Australia has given official approval to a project providing for the establishment of a large scale Jewish settlement in the Kimberly region of the state, it was confirmed today by Dr. O.N. Steinburg, representative of the Free Land League of London who arrived in Canada this week after spending four years in Australia.

In an interview with a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent, Dr. Steinburg, who is en route to London, stated that the only obstacle that the project still faces is the failure of the Commonwealth Government to give its approval, as yet, because the Kimberly area is within the theatre of military operations. Wide sections of public opinion, including high church dignitaries, Lord Mayors, heads of universities, chambers of commerce and trade unions are supporting the Kimberly settlement scheme, Dr. Steinburg said.

Two non-Jewish committees, calling themselves the Friends of the Jewish Kimberly Project, have been formed in Melbourne and Sydney to back the plan and to intervene with the proper governmental authorities, he disclosed. Australia as a whole, Dr. Steinburg concluded, has become acutely conscious of the advisability of Jewish colonization in the north-western section of the country, not only from the point of view of aiding Jewish refugees but as a scheme which will benefit the entire nation.

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