May 9, 1994 |
Joblessness Prompts Immigration Curbs: With unemployment at about 10.3%, the government will limit immigration in fiscal 1994 in an effort to help the long-term unemployed during the country's economic recovery, Immigration Minister Nick Bolkus said. Almost a quarter of Australia's 17.7 million people were born overseas and another quarter are second-generation migrants.
April 15, 1992 |
Australia has refused to process citizenship applications for five international weightlifters who hoped to compete in the 1992 Olympic Games. Immigration Minister Gerry Hand said that the four Bulgarians and a Romanian had not fulfilled immigration department regulations that require a minimum residency period of two years. The weightlifters--Romanian Nicu Vlad and Bulgarians Stefan Botev, Kiril Kunev, Blagoi Blagoe and Sevdilin Mironov--all arrived in Australia in March of 1991.
January 26, 1992 |
Searchers have found the final missing man who was among 56 Chinese boat people who came ashore in northwestern Australia last month, customs officials said. The man was walking along a road when spotted by searchers in a helicopter. He was about 18 miles from the area where 35 of the boat people showed up 10 days ago. Their wooden boat came ashore on Dec. 31. Most of the others were found last weekend in Australia's harsh outback. They survived by eating snakes, small crocodiles and lizards.
April 3, 1990 |
A group of 118 refugees claiming to have fled Cambodia landed by boat Monday in western Australia, the second such group in five months to claim asylum in Australia. The refugees, aged from 5 months to 78 years, were spotted over the weekend in a 65-foot fishing boat 120 miles northwest of Broome in western Australia. They were taken to Broome for questioning Monday, immigration officials said.
January 5, 1990 |
The Australian state of New South Wales is trying to arrange the adoption of Romanian children to satisfy the demands of hundreds of childless couples in the country's most populous state. An immigration official will travel to Bucharest after an emotional request by a New South Wales state government minister who was moved by television pictures from Romania of orphanages packed with unwanted children.
January 3, 1990 |
China will allow dissident Fang Lizhi to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beijing where he has been since June and travel to Australia before the end of this month, a Hong Kong magazine said Tuesday. Both the American and Australian consulates in Hong Kong declined to comment on the report. The magazine Pai Shing, without revealing its sources, said a preliminary understanding was reached during a visit to Beijing in December by U.S. National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft.