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Friday, 3 July 1998
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Mr Hollis asked the Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business, upon notice, on 12 May 1998:

(1) What is the Government's response to the recent International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions Rio Tinto network meeting held between 7 and 9 February 1998 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

(2) What measures has the Government implemented to ensure that Rio Tinto conducts operations in Australia in full compliance with human rights, labour laws and standards for occupational health and safety and the environment.

Mr Reith (Workplace Relations and Small Business) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government has no response.

(2) The Government expects all companies operating in Australia to comply with Australian laws, including those relating to workplace relations, human rights, occupational health and safety and the environment.