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Wednesday, 2 April 1980
Page: 1330

Senator LAJOVIC (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Can the Minister representing the Minister for Industrial Relations inform the Senate whether it is a fact that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, together with two other members of the United Nationsthe Ukraine and Byelorussia- failed to honour their dues to the International Labour Organisation for 1979? Is it also a fact that the USSR's unpaid dues total about $US14m and those of Byelorussia total about $US500,000? Finally, is the Soviet's failure to pay its dues an attempt to force the ILO to stop investigating complaints of the repression of independent trade unions in the USSR?

Senator DURACK - I am afraid I have not the detailed information sought by Senator Lajovic on financial contributions. I will have to refer that question to the Minister for Industrial Relations and ask him to provide an early answer.

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