Thousands of Filipinos have been queueing at the Australian Embassy in Manila, capital of the Philippines, for permits to migrate to Australia following a relaxation in the nations's 'whites only' policy.
Thousands of Filipinos have been queueing at the Australian Embassy in Manila, capital of the Philippines, for permits to migrate to Australia following a relaxation in the nations's 'whites only' policy. The relaxation was brought to public notice recently when the Australian Government announce moves to recognise trade qualifications for migrants from South-East Asia, South America and the Pacific region -- and when Australian Premier Gough Whitlam said in Manila last month: "Give me a shovel and I will bury the 'White Australia' policy".
Following the news, migrant applications in Manila rose from an average of 3,500 a month to nearly 13,000 in January alone. In addition, the Leyland motor company in Australia has announced plans to bring in filipino workers.
This report, compiled by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, shows the Filipino rush for migration at the Australian Embassy in Manila, the Filipino car industry in Manila -- where Leyland might well look for immigrant workers; and interviews in Manila on the subject with visiting Premier Gough Whitlam and President Ferdinand Marcos. The production includes a reporter's sound-on-film commentary. A transcript of this and the interviews is provided overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: Within days of the announcement of the Leyland plan to bring Filipino workers to Australia, the Australian Embassy in Manila was beseiged by would-be migrants. The rate of applications rose from about three-and-a-half-thousand a month during last year, to nearly thirteen-thousand during January alone. The sudden burst of applications seems to have been caused by the Leyland announcement, but not as a specific response to it. None of the people in this group had seen Manila newspaper accounts of the Leyland plan. They were there because the word had got around, in a general way, that it was now easier to get into Australia. The Australian Prime Minster, visiting Manila last month, met the press after he had talked to President Marcos.