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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - I lay on the table -

International Labour Organization of the League of Nations - Twenty-sixth Session. New York, October-November, 1941 - Reports of the Australian Delegates. and move -

That the paper be printed.

The Australian delegation to the 26th International Labour Conference was constituted as follows: - Mr. A. S. Watt, government delegate; Mr. Alured Kelly, employers' delegate; Mr. A. E. Monk, workers' delegate; Miss Muriel Heagney, unofficial adviser.

The 26th conference was a special conference of the organization, at which 34 countries were represented, and in all 197 delegates, observers or special representatives attended it. In view of the international situation, no conventions or recommendations were discussed, the items on the agenda being the report of the Acting Director of the International Labour Office, discuss ion of methods, and collaboration between public authorities, workers' organizations and employers' organizations. As the Commonwealth' Government delegate states in his report, the results of the conference were substantial, in that the countries represented placed themselves upon the side of the nations resisting aggression, and endorsed the provisions of the Atlantic Charter. I draw the particular attention of honorable members to the resolutions proposed by the United States delagation, requesting the governing body of the International Labour Office to call the attention of governments to the desirability of associating the International Labour Office with reconstruction. This is to be found in annexure I.c to the Government delegate's report. These resolutions foreshadow further conferences which will look to the rebuilding of international relationships on the basis of improved labour standards, liberal economic adjustments, and social security. Question resolved in the affirmative.







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