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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1706


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Which International Labour Organisation conventions have been brought to the notice of the House of Assembly for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea with a view to the enactment of legislation or other action by the House.


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The texts of I.L.O. Conventions are referred to the Administration of Papua New Guinea as they are adopted by the I.L.O. Under the I.L.O. constitution the making of a declaration in respect of Papua New Guinea stating the extent to which the provisions of any convention should be applied does not, of course, arise unless and until Australia has ratified that convention.

International Labour Organisation Conventions: Application on Papua New Guinea (Question No. 2356)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

What progress has been made in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea towards applying ten outstanding International Labour Organisation Conventions since his answers to me on 26th August 1969 (Hansard, page 712) and 18th August 1970 (page 114).


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Convention No. 83 - Labour Standards (NonMetropolitan Territories), 1947.

Convention No. 84 - Right of Association (NonMetropolitan Territories), 1947.

Convention No. 82 - Social Policy (NonMetropolitan Territories), 1947.

These Conventions are at present the subject of consultation between the Department of External Territories, the Papua New Guinea Administration and the Department of Labour and National Service.

Convention No. 64 - Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers), 1959.

The law and practice of Papua New Guinea conform with this Convention. However, the ratification of the Convention is a matter for determination in the light of the position in Australia itself and the question of the declarations to be made in respect of Australia's nonmetropolitan territories will not arise unless the Convention is ratified by Australia.

Convention No.50 - Recruiting of Indigenous Workers, 1936.

Convention No. 65 - Penal Sanctions (Indigenous Workers), 1939.

Convention No. 86- Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers), 1947.

Convention No. 104 - Abolition of Penal Sanctions (Indigenous Workers), 1955.

Convention No. 1 10- Plantations, 1958.

Convention No.111 - Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958.

The situation regarding the above Conventions remains substantially as set out in my previous answers. However, I wish to inform the honourable member that the Administration of Papua New Guinea is at present drafting a new Employment Code to replace the Native Employment Ordinance. The provisions of International Labour Organisation Conventions are being taken into account, to the extent that this is practicable, in the drafting of this Code.







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