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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2560

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

Which countries have ratified International Labour Organisation Convention No. 100 - Equal Remuneration, 1951 but, according to the interpretation by theI.L.O. Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (Hansard, 30th September 1970. page 1966), do not fully apply it.

Mr Lynch (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In 1969. the l.L.O. Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations directed Observations and/or Direct Requests for further information to 26 of the 45 members States which had ratified Convention No. 100 and which had reported on it. (See Report III (Part 4) for the Fifty-third Session of the International Labour Conference.) Observations and Direct Requests are made where the Committee considers that there are aspects of a member State's law and practice which may not be in conformity with the ratified Convention as interpreted by the Committee.

In some instances, developments in particular countries since 1969 may have brought their law and practice into full conformity with the principle of equal remuneration for work of equal value as interpreted by the Committee of Experts.

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