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Migrant tradesmen



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PRIME MINISTER

PRESS STATEMENT NO./ 204 )

15 March 1974

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The application of the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Act to migrants from South-East Asia, the Pacific and South America, was discussed at a meeting today at Kirribilli House, in Sydney, between the Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam, the Minister

for Labour, Mr. Cameron, the Minister for Immigration, Mr. Grassby, the President of the A.C.T.U., Mr. Hawke, the senior Vice-President, Mr. Dolan, the junior Vice-President, the Hon. R.B. Marsh, M.L.C., and the Secretary, Mr. Souter.

It was agreed that a tripartite mission to South-East Asia and the Pacific region - drawn from trade unions, employers and the relevant Government departments - should proceed first to Manila. On its return from Manila it will recommend the

criteria for the recognition of tradesmen for all Australian industries. ,

It was further agreed that a mission should also proceed to South America, commencing its work in Lima. Following the completion of the work of the missions Australian technical officers would be posted to the two regions, to

operate from Manila and Lima. The ministers and officers agreed to consult as required concerning the implementation of this program.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

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