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Australia ratifies more ILO conventions

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Australia today ratified three maritime International Labour Organisation conventions, bringing the total number of conventions ratified by Australia to 51.

The instruments of ratification were lodged in Geneva by Senator Peter Cook, Minister for Industrial Relations, with Mr Michel Hansenne, Director-General of the ILO.

Australia expects to ratify more ILO conventions within the next 18 months, including human rights conventions. This will complete Australia's ratification of all the basic human rights conventions.

In his address to the ILO Conference in Geneva, Senator Cook said that Australia was actively seeking further opportunities to contribute the Organisation's activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Joint Australia-ILO programs in the region promoted fair minimum labour standards in employment, occupational health and safety, training and consultation, Senator Cook said. The ILO and its member States must continue to ensure that the implementation of

ILO labour standards provided the foundation for socially- responsible development.

The strong commitment to ratifying ILO conventions by Federal, State and Territory Governments in Australia was a recognition of the importance of these conventions in establishing and protecting minimum standards of employment and in encouraging _

their adoption internationally.

The ILO Conference continues in Geneva until 23 June. The Australian delegation includes representatives of government, employers and unions. Included in the delegation are Senator Cook, Mr John Howard (Opposition spokesperson on industrial relations)

and Senator Robert Bell (spokesperson on industrial relations . . for the Australian Democrats).

12 June 1992

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