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Australia to Admit 70,000 Immigrants Yearly; Urge Britain to Reverse Palestine Policy

Prime Minister John Chiffley announced today that 70,000 immigrants will be admitted to Australia annually. He said he was opposed to large-scale settlement of foreigners in Australia.

An appeal to Britain to reverse its “present iniquitous policy” on Palestine was sent from Sydney today by Bishop Pilcher, chairman of the Australian Palestine Committee, Clune S. Ross of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and E. J. Davidson, rector of St. James Church in Sydney.

Addressed to Prime Minister Attlee, Conservative leader Winston Churchill, Hugh Dalton, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Lord Greenwood, the appeal said: “Our consciences are profoundly pained by the Government’s Palestine policy, which is violating the Balfour Declaration, the terms of the Mandate and the pledges of Labor. The use of the Navy to hunt down the miserable remnants of the Hitler massacres are a stain on its great traditions.”