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Tuesday, 24 November 1959


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Does Australia propose to accede to (a) the 1948 Agreement for Facilitating International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character, (b) the 1950 Agreement on Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials, (c) the 1954 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil, (d) the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and (e) the 1956 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement Abroad of Maintenance Obligations?

2.   What countries have ratified or acceded to these treaties?


Mr CASEY - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1. (a) Australia does not propose to accede to the Agreement for Facilitating International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific or Cultural Character, the substance of which is dealt with in the wider Agreement which is the subject of the following paragraph (b).

(b)   Australia already accords generous import licensing and tariff treatment to the importation of the type of goods covered by the Agreement. The question of Australian accession is under examination.

(c)   It is the present intention that Australia should accept the 1954 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil. Such action, however, cannot be undertaken until the necessary amendments to Commonwealth and State law have been made to enable effect to be given to the provisions of the Convention throughout Australia. Consideration is being given to the introduction of requisite legislation.

(d)   Australia does not propose to accede to the Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, since the definitions of " statelessness " and " stateless person " incorporated in the Convention are unacceptable.

(e)   Australia does not propose to become a party to the Convention on the Recovery Abroad of Maintenance. As the Minister explained when replying to a similar question on this subject on 29th May, 1956, the negotiation of bi-lateral agreements on this question is considered more appropriate than its regulation on a multilateral basis.

2.   The following countries have ratified or acceded to the Conventions and Agreements listed: -

(a)   Agreement for Facilitating International

Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character- Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, Greece, Haiti, Iraq, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Syria, Yugoslavia.

(b)   Agreement on Importation of Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Materials - Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Ceylon, Cuba, El Salvador, Egypt, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Jordan, Israel, Laos, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Yugoslavia.

(c)   The International Convention for the Pre vention of the Pollution of the Sea by Oil - Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Irish Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.

(d)   1954 Convention on Status of Stateless

Persons - Denmark, Israel, Norway.

(e)   Convention on the Recovery Abroad of

Maintenance - Ceylon, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Yugoslavia.







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