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Wednesday, 17 November 1976


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   With what countries are negotiations still being held on reciprocal social services agreements.

(2)   When, where, and at what level were the latest negotiations held with each country.


Mr Hunt -The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member 's question.

(   1 ) In response to an Australian invitation the following countries indicated their interest in the possibility of entering into negotiations for reciprocal agreements on social security:

Austria, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Malta, Sweden, Yugoslavia.

(2)   Brief exploratory discussions took place in May /June 1975 in the capital cities of the countries named above. Australia was represented at senior third division level.

The matter was also mentioned when the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs met the Turkish Minister for Social Security, the Hon. Ahmet Mahir Ablum, in Ankara in June 1976.







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