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Tuesday, 24 November 1959

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Last week, the Minister for Labour and National Service, when tabling the reports of the delegates to the 1959 International Labour Conference, said that he would later make a statement on the action taken or proposed to be taken in respect of the convention and recommendations adopted by the conference. When he gives the House this information on the 1959 conference and on the 1957 and 1958 conferences about which he has still to make statements, will he bring up to date the statements made by his predecessor in 1953, 1956 and last year, on the conferences between 1951 and 1956? Will he thus help members and the public to understand why Australia has so far ratified only 23 of the 114 conventions adopted by the International Labour Organization?

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