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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1831

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

Do contracts let by Commonwealth departments and authorities yet comply with International Labour Organisation Convention No. 94 - Labour Clauses (Public Contracts), 1949 (Hansard, 18th August 1970, page 114).

Mr Lynch (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department has been in contact with some 50 Commonwealth Departments and Instrumentalities concerning the application of this Convention. The information they have provided shows that the wages and conditions of employment of workers employed under contracts let by them are those laid down in legislation or in relevant awards of Commonwealth or State tribunals but a number of authorities do not actually include specific clauses to this effect in their contracts, considering them unnecessary. It is not clear whether compliance with the Convention can, in the particular Australian context, rest on the practical situation. This is being pursued with the I.L.O.

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