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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3644

Mr LYNCH (Flinders) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - For the information of honourable members, 1 present the text of the following international treaty: Convention No. 123 concerning the minimum age for admission to employment underground in mines, adopted by the International Labour Conference at its Fortyninth Session on 22nd June, 1965. The law and practice in both Commonwealth and State jurisdictions in Australia are in accord with the provisions of the Convention. Subject to the approval of the Federal Executive Council, the Government intends to lodge the instrument of ratification of this Convention with the Director-General of the International Labour Office as soon as possible, specifying that the minimum age for admission to employment underground in mines in Australia is 16 years.

Mr Whitlam - My colleague, the honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) and I have for many years asked the successive Ministers for Labour and National Service to move, when tabling matters concerning International Labour Organisation conventions, that the House take note of them. I ask the . Minister whether he intends to pursue that course this time. I would point out that Prime Minister Menzies announced a procedure

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