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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1829

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

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 98 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, 1949 to New Guinea and Papua whereas Britain applied it to Fiji on 24th September 1965 and to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands on 15th August 1967.

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

Australia has not ratified this Convention and, therefore, the question of making declarations regarding its application in Australia's nonmetropolitan territories has not arisen. The position in Papua New Guinea is currently under review. Further information concerning Australia's position in relation to this Convention may be found in the reply given by my colleague the Minister for Labour and National Service to question No. 3702 of 8th September 1971.

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