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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1707


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(I)   When was the attention of the Administration of the Territory of Papua New Guinea brought to the following International Labour Organisation conventions which have been ratified by Australia:

(a)   No. 9- Placing of Seamen, 1920 (ratified 3rd August 1925);

(b)   No. 15 - Minimum Age (Trimmers and Stokers), 1921 (ratified 28th June 1935);

(c)   No. 16 - Medical Examinations of Young Persons (Sea), 1921 (ratified 28th June 1935);

(d)   No. 21 - Inspection of Emigrants, 1926 (ratified 18th April 1931);

(e)   No. 22 - Seamen's Articles of Agreement, 1926 (ratified 1st April 1935);

(f)   No. 26 - Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery, 1928 (ratified 9th March 1931);

(g)   No. 57 - Hours of Work and Manning (Sea), 1936 (ratified 24th September 1938);

(h)   No. 63- Statistics of Wages and Hours of Work, 1938 (ratified 5th September 1939);

(i)   No. 76- Wages, Hours of Work and Manning (Sea), 1946 (ratified 25th January 1949);

(j)   No. 88- Employment Service, 1948 (ratified 24th December 1949);

(k)   No. 93- Wages, Hours of Work and Manning (Sea) (Revised), 1949 (ratified 3rd March 1954);

(l)   No. 99 - Minimum Wage Fixing Machinery (Agriculture), 1951 (ratified19th June 1969) and

(m)   No. 116- Final Articles Revision, 1961 (ratified 29th October 1963).

(2)   What steps have been taken to apply each convention to the Territory.


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

As indicated in the reply given by my colleague, the Minister for Labour and National Service, to the honourable member's question No. 2353 (page 750 of House of Representatives Hansard for 9th March 1971) the texts of all International Labour Organisation instruments are, as a matter of practice, brought to the attention of the Administration of Papua New Guinea as they are adopted.

The Australian Government reports annually on the position of Australian law and practice in Papua New Guinea in relation to all the conventions listed by the honourable member except Nos 57, 76 and 93 which have not come into force and No. 116 which is concerned with machinery matters. The information contained in these reports is prepared by the Administration of Papua New Guinea.

The position with respect to each of the conventions listed by the honourable member, as determined after consultations with the Administration, is as follows:

(i)   In a declaration registered with the International Labour Office on 31st March 1971, Convention No. 99- Minimum Wage Fixing Machinery (Agriculture) 1951 was declared to apply to Papua New Guinea without modification.

(ii)   Convention Nos 15 - Minimum Age (Trimmers and Stokers) 1921, and 21- Inspection of Emigrants 1926 are considered to be inapplicable in Papua New Guinea.

(iii)   The International Labour Office has indicated that it is not necessary for declarations to be made with respect to the application in non-metropolitan territories of Convention No.116, which covers machinery matters relating to International Labour Organisation instruments.

(iv)   As to the remaining conventions (Nos 9, 16. 22, 26, 57, 63, 76. 88 and 93) 5 of these were previously declared inapplicable to Papua New Guinea. These declarations and the position regarding the other four conventions are now under review.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 25: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3273)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 26 - Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery, 1928, which she ratified on 9th March 1931, to New Guinea and Papua whereas France applied it to French

Polynesia and New Caledonia as far back as 19th March 1954 and Britain applied it to the Solomon Islands on 4th June 1962, Fiji on 26th June 1962 and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands on 15th October 1963.


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourmember's question is as follows:

In 1931 I.L.O. Convention No. 26 was declared inapplicable' to Papua New Guinea. This declaration is now being reviewed.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 50: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3274)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 50 - Recruiting of Indigenous Workers, 1936 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands as far back as 22nd May 1939 and New Zealand applied it to the Cook Islands and Niue on 8th July 1947 (Hansard, 14th October 1964, page 1963).


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourmember's question is as follows:

Australia has not ratified this Convention and. therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. Regarding the position in Papua New Guinea in relation to this convention, I refer to honourable member to my answer to his question No. 2356.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 64: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3275)


Mr Whitlam asked the Ministerfor External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 64 - Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers), 1939 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied to to Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands as far back as 24th August 1943 and New Zealand applied it to the Cook Islands and Niue on 8th July 1947 (Hansard, 14th October 1964, page 1963).


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourmember's question is as follows:

Australia has not ratified this Convention and, therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. The law and practice of Papua New Guinea conform with this Convention.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 65: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3276)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 65 - Penal Sanctions (Indigenous Workers), 1939 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands as far back as 24th August 1943 and New Zealand applied it to the Cook Islands and Nine on 8th July 1947 and to the Tokelau Islands on 13th June 1956 (Hansard, 14th October 1964, page 1963).


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

Australia has not ratified this Convention and. therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. Regarding the position in Papua New Guinea in relation to this Convention I refer the honourable member to my answer to his question No. 2356.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 81: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3277)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Whyhas Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 81 - Labour Inspection, 1947 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to the Solomon islands on 26th May 1966.


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

Australia has not ratified ILO Convention No. 81 and, therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. However, Australia has ratified ILO Convention No. 85 Labour Inspectorates (Non-Metropolitan Territories), 1947 which was applied to Papua and New Guinea without modification on 20th June 1966.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 82: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3278)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied international Labour Organisation Convention No. 82 - Social Policy (Non-metropolitan Territories), 1947 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it with modifications to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands as far back as 27th March 1950 and to Fiji on 11th July 1966, New

Zealand applied it to the Cook Islands, Niue and the Takelau Islands on 19th June 1954 and France applied it with modifications to French Polynesia and New Caledonia on 26th July 1954 (Hansard, 14th October, page 1964).


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

Australia has not ratified this Convention and, therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. The possibility of ratifying this Convention is under consideration at present.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 86: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3280)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 86 - Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers), 1947 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to Fiji as far back as 27th March 1950, to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands on 29th March 1961 and to the Solomon Islands on 15th August 1961 (Hansard, 14th October 1964, page 1964).


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

Australia has not ratified this convention, and therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. Regarding the position in Papua New Guinea in relation to this convention I refer the honourable member to my answer to his question No. 2356.

International Labour Organisation Convention No. 104: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3285)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 104 - Abolition of Penal Sanctions (Indigenous Workers), 1955, to New Guinea and Papua whereas New Zealand applied it to the Cook Islands, Niue and the Tokelau Islands as far back as 28th June 1956 (Hansard, 14th October 1964, page 1964).


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

Australia has not ratified this Convention and, therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. Regarding the position in Papua New Guinea in relation to this Convention I refer the honourable member to my answer to his question No. 2356.

International Labour Organisation Conventions Nos 112, 113 and 114: Application in Papua New Guinea (Question No. 3399)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Are the law and practice in Papua New Guinea in accord with the provisions of International Labour Organisation (a) Convention No. 112- Minimum Age (Fishermen), 1959, which Australia proposes to ratify (Hansard, 3rd May 1971, page 2353), (b) Convention No. 113- Medical Examination (Fishermen), 1959 and (c) Convention No. 114 - Fishermen's Articles of Agreement, 1959.

(2)   On what dates and with what results have his Department and the Department of Labour and National Service consulted about the application of these instruments to the Territories.


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

(1)   (a) There is close conformity between the law and practice of Papua New Guinea and Convention No. 112. The question of the declaration to be made in respect of Papua New Guinea is under active consideration.

(b)   and (c) Law and practice In Papua New Guinea are not at present in compliance with Conventions Nos 113 and 114.

(2)   There are continuing consultations between my Department and the Department of Labour and National Service concerning the position in the Territories relating to these conventions.

Papua New Guinea: Teachers (Question No. 3586)


Mr Stewart asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

What is the present shortage of

(a)   primary,

(b)   secondary, and

(c)   technical school teachers in

(i)   Mission and

(ii)   Government schools in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.


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

The matter referred to is one which falls within the authority of the Ministerial Member for Education in the House of Assembly for Papua New Guinea. The Administrator on the advice of the Ministerial Member for Education has provided the following information:

The teachers of Administration schools and the majority of those of Mission schools are employed in the Papua New Guinea Teaching Service. All positions on the Teaching Service's establishment, which is set by the budget, are currently filled. There is however a shortage of permanent teachers. This shortage is at present made good by a number of temporary staff. It will be necessary if teachers are to be obtained in the numbers needed for the planned expansion of education in future, to increase the recruitment of teachers from overseas and to encourage more young people to enter the teaching profession.







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