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Nazrul Islam arrived in Australia in September 1970 from Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to find new opportunities as a geologist during the mining boom.

"I wanted to do more in my profession ... any budding geologist Ė their dream is to find new minerals. I come from Bangladesh which is a delta ... it is also geologically young in the age of rocks ... so I always thought I would go somewhere and explore."

"Migration permanently ... it is not a good thing ... at this age I realise it ... I am very happy, as I said, here ... I have no complaints, rather all praise for Australia, but when I look at it, I think I didnít give back to that country which gave me so much."

"When I started working ... I was working everywhere, all states in Australia, country, outback, I met a cross section of people ... top business people ... to just the man on the land, farmers ... the basic human qualities are very, very good ... they always want to help other people ... the jealousies that are in other parts of the world ... this is not really the Australian way."

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