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Friday, 5 April 1946

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the PrimeMinister yet had an opportunity to peruse the reportof the Australian delegates to the recent conference of the International Labour Office? In particular, has the right honorable gentleman read that portion of the report in which a quoted resolution ofthe International Labour Conference, warns of the dangers of inflation and suggests . that, so long as shortages' prevail, governments should retain prices control in addition to control over other matters? Will the right honorable gentleman keep that resolution in mind when considering the continuance of prices control? Has the right honorable gentleman also perused that part of the report which states that the Australian delegates were embarrassed by the failure of Australia to adopt previous resolutions, and points out that only twelve of the 44 conventions adopted by the International Labour Conference had been ratified by Australia-? Has he noticed that both the Government delegates and the delegates of the employers stress the necessity for Australia to ratify conventions and to adopt resolutions of the International Labour Conference? Will he consider the appointment of a committee composed of members of this House, to consider the resolutions and conventions which, from time to time, have been passed by the International Labour Conference, with a view to deciding which of the conventions should be ratified by this Parliament?

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