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Notice given 25 June 2012

1898  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs— 

(1) Given that, in a speech made to the Association of International Life Offices, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked countries to prevent their companies from partnering with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise due to the lack of transparency and accountability, will the Government take steps to stop Australian companies investing in Burma’s oil and gas industry.

(2) Will the Government apply internationally recognised standards such as the International Monetary Fund’s Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency in its trade with Burma, and require Australian companies to be subject to the code including the publication of accounts.

1901  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—Can a list be provided detailing all payments and grants made to unions or employee organisations, listed per year since 1 January 2008.

1906  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Government’s Key Performance Indicator regarding the Fair Work Act 2009 level of industrial action: Does the Minister still consider a doubling in the working days lost over the past year, from 117 500 to 257 600, as ‘steady’.

1919  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Fair Work Australia case involving JJ Richards & Sons: (a) does the Government intend on making amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 to reflect what was promised during the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election; or (b) does the Government agree with the decision of the Federal Court of Australia, and subsequently support the precedent that union bosses can take strike action without the majority support of workers and without having commenced good faith negotiations.