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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2710


Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - I draw the attention of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to a recent visit to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands by a United Nations Commission. Has the Minister seen the report of the Commission which contains some rather sweeping conclusions? If so, does the Government accept the report of that Commission?


Senator WILLESEE -The Australian statement in the Committee of Twenty-four on the report of the Visiting Mission to the Cocos Islands was delivered by the Australian representative on 12 November 1974. On 13 November the Committee of Twenty-four adopted the draft report of the Visiting Mission, endorsed its recommendations and conclusions and approved unanimously for submission to the

Fourth Committee- that is, the Trusteeship Committee- and subsequently to the Plenary of the General Assembly, a draft consensus on Cocos. The consensus notes with satisfaction the co-operation of the administering power with the Committee of Twenty-four in regard to Cocos and its willingness to receive a further Visiting Mission and draws the attention of the administering power to the conclusions and recommendations of the Visiting Mission. Although copies of the final printed version of the draft report are not yet available, copies of the Australian statement in the Committee of Twenty-four and of the draft report in its present form are available to honourable senators in the Parliamentary Library.







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