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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

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

1.   Did the Australian Government representatives support the two conventions adopted at the International Labour Conference in Geneva last May?

2.   What steps is the Government taking to ratify the conventions?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The two Conventions adopted at the Fortyfirst (Maritime) Session of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva between 29th April and 16th May, 1958, are -

Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention 1958 (No. 108), and

Wages, Hours of Work and Manning (Sea) Convention (Revised), 1958 (No. 109).

The Australian Government delegates supported the adoption of Convention No. 109 and abstained upon the vote for the adoption of No. 108.

2.   The conventions and recommendations adopted at the Forty-first session of the conference are at present being examined by the departments and authorities concerned. When that examination has been completed, a statement of the action taken or proposed to be taken will be presented to the Parliament.

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