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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1829

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied international Labour Organisation Convention No.5 - Minimum Age (Industry), 1919 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 Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands on 4th June 1962 and to Fiji on 26th June 1962.

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 Conventions relating to Minimum Age of Workers are to be discussed at next year's International Labour Conference. It is intended to review the position in Australia and Papua New Guinea towards this and related conventions in the light of the Conference decisions.

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