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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   ls it a fact that International Labour Organisation Conventions Nos 2, 23, 82, 83, 84, 97, 108, 118 and 128 come exclusively within Commonwealth jurisdiction.

(2)   How many of these Conventions did the Commonwealth support or vote for at the International Labour Conference.

(3)   How many of these Conventions has the Commonwealth ratified.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Conventions listed by the honourable member other than Nos 2, 97 and 118 are exclusively within Commonwealth jurisdiction.

(2)   The Australian Government was not represented at the Conference at which Convention No. 2 was adopted. The Government delegates voted for the adoption of all the other Conventions except No. 108 - Seafarers' Identity Documents, 1958, on which they abstained.

(3)   The considerations which affect possible ratification by Australia of the Conventions are set out in the 'Review of Australian Law and Practice Relating to Conventions Adopted by the International Labour Conference' published by my Department in October 1969 and of which the honourable member already has a copy.

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