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Gov stance on child labour convention unacceptable

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Media Release

Adam Bandt MP Deputy Leader, Australian Greens Federal Member for Melbourne

22 November 2013

Gov stance on child labour convention unacceptable

Greens Deputy Leader and employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says the government should not turn its back on action to deal with child labour.

Minister for Employment Eric Abetz has confirmed the government has walked away from a previous government commitment to sign the Minimum Age Convention.

“We know the Abbott government has a callous disregard for people's rights at work, but to turn its back on action to address child labour is a low act, even by this government's standards,” Mr Bandt said.

“Tony Abbott is undermining the fight against the exploitation of child labour at home and overseas. Reports estimate 215 million girls and boys are in child labour around the world.”

“This also is further evidence of the government’s desire to attack wages and conditions of Australian workers.”

Australia is one of only 20 member countries that have not yet signed the Minimum Age Convention of 1973, which underpins the International Labour Organization's (ILO's) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Damien Lawson

Strategy and Communications Adviser Office of Adam Bandt MP T: 03 9642 0922 M: 0487 900 005