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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3163

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 6 October 1977:

What steps have been taken to remove those provisions of the Apprentices Ordinance 1 948- 1 957 which are inconsistent with International Labour Organisation Convention No. 65-Penal Sanctions (Indigenous Workers) 1939 (Hansard, 4 October 1977, page 1607).

Mr Viner - The Minister for Education has provided the following reply to the honourable member's question:

The responsibility for the Apprentices Ordinance 1948-1971 is to be transferred to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly with effect from 1 January 1978. It would therefore be inappropriate for the Government to develop substantive changes to the Ordinance at this stage.

I understand that the Ordinance may be reviewed after the transfer of responsibility and I would expect that the review would include a consideration of the matter referred to by the honourable member.

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