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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2135

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

Why has Australia not yet applied International Labour Organisation Convention No. 95 - Protection of Wages, 1949 to New Guinea and Papua whereas France applied it" to French Polynesia and New Caledonia as far back as 8th July 1958 and Britain applied it to the Solomon Islands on 1st August 1961.

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 provisions of the Convention are being taken into account where appropriate in the revision of labour legislation referred to in my answer to question No. 2356.

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