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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator WRIGHT - I understand that I am asked what power the Minister for External Territories possesses to direct that Filipino workmen be paid by Dillingham Construction Corporation the same rates as an Australian citizen would receive. I believe that that would be governed by the relevant awards that apply to workmen. We know that considerable attention has been given to the terms and conditions of workmen engaged on undertakings in New Guinea. I assume that the honourable senator is referring to the work carried out by Dillingham Corporation of Australia Pty Ltd for Conzinc Riotinto of Australia Ltd at Bougainville. 1 believe that those matters would be the subject of the relevant awards and not of a particular direction by the Minister. However, 1 shall ascertain the position at the earliest opportunity and shall advise the honourable senator.

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