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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [3.2]. - I lay on the table of the Senate the reports of the Australian delegates to the 20th conference of the International Labour Organization, which was held at Geneva in June last, together with the texts of the draft conventions and recommendations adopted, and move -

That the reports be printed.

On this occasion the Government delegate was Mr. E. F. Harrison, M.P., and the non-government delegates representing the employers and theworkers, respectively, were Sir Robert Knox and Mr. P. J. Trainer. The agenda was of considerable importance, and dealt with the subjects of hours of work, annual holidays with pay, recruiting of workers, safety provisions in building construction, and other subjects.

Proposed draft conventions were under consideration by the conference for the application of the 40-hour week in respect of-

(a)   public works undertaken or subsidizedby governments;

I ask leave to continue my remarks at a later hour of the sitting.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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