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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2262

Senator Durack -On 2 April 1980 (Hansard, page 1330) Senator Lajovic asked me as the Minister representing the Minister for Industrial Relations, without notice:

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 Nations- the 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.

The Minister for Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am advised that the [acts in respect of the payment of assessed contributions to the International Labour Organisation by the Byelorussian SSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the USSR in I 979 were as follows:

The facts are, therefore, that each of these 3 member States had only a small proportion of their assessed contributions outstanding at the end of I 979.

I am further advised that these 3 member States were not the only ILO members in financial arrears at the end of I 979, but this situation has not affected the long-standing objectivity and integrity of established ILO supervisory procedures and those relating to freedom of association.

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