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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 122

(Question No. 719)

Senator Childs asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 28 November 1985:

Can the Minister for Foreign Affairs indicate whether Australia has made any representations to Britain requesting a reconsideration of its decision to withdraw from UNESCO which is due to be reviewed this November.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

On several occasions in recent weeks the Australian Government urged the United Kingdom Government to reconsider its decision to withdraw from UNESCO. During November, representations were made on a bilateral basis and Mr Parsons, our High Commissioner in London, took part with other Commonwealth High Commissioners in joint representations to the British Government.

Despite these efforts, on 5 December the United Kingdom confirmed its intention to withdraw from UNESCO. This decision took effect on 31 December 1985.