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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2453

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

Since the law and practice in Papua New Guinea conform with the provisions of International Labour Organisation Conventions No. 64 - Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers), 1939 and No. 83- Labour Standards (NonMetropolitan Territories), 1947 (Hansard, 18th August 1970, page 114), why has Australia not yet ratified the conventions and applied them to New Guinea and Papua.

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

As regards Convention No. 64 which has application to Australia itself as well as to its nonmetropolitan territories, ratification depends primarily on the situation within Australia which does not enable the Convention to be ratified for the reasons set out in the 'Review of Australian Law and Practice Relating to Conventions Adopted by the International Labour Conference' published by my Department in October 1969 (see page 63).

The ratification of Convention No. 83 and the declarations to be made in respect of Australia's non-metropolitan territories are currently under consideration. This Convention relates only to non-metropolitan territories.

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