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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1830

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 108 - Seafarers Identity Documents, 1958 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the Solomon Islands as far back as 3rd August 1964.

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. Australia's position on the Convention is as stated in the Review of Australian Law and Practice Relating to Conventions Adopted by the International Labour Conference' (page 96).

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