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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Dr Klugman asked the Minster for External Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How often Australia and New Zealand voted differently on questions before the United Nations and its agencies in the last 5 years.

(2)   How many of these votes dealt with ques tions of (a) racism, (b) South Africa, (c) Rhodesia and (d) the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

A large number of questions are voted upon each year in the principal organs and committees of the United Nations and its thirteen Specialised Agencies. It would not be practicable to ascertain how often Australia and New Zealand have voted differently.

The honourable member is referred to the reports of the Australian delegation to the General Assembly which are tabled in this House each year and printed. These reports give an account of the debate and voting in the General Assembly on the specific questions listed, although they would not always show how New Zealand voted. This would be ascertainable in cases where there was a recorded vote by reference to official documents of the General Assembly. Copies of these are available in the Parliamentary Library.

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