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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 405

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 19 March 1980:

(1)   Did Australia's representatives oppose United Nations General Assembly resolution 33/97.

(2)   Did the UN Secretary-General, pursuant to that resolution, invite Australian comment on the Draft Code of Offences against the Peace and Security of Mankind by 31 December 1 979; if so, what response has Australia made.

(3)   Will be table documentation circulated to member States and international organisations by the U.N. SecretaryGeneral in pursuance of the resolution.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Australia together with most of the Western Europe and Others Grouping has been opposed to further consideration of this item within the United Nations system. Australia's representatives consequently voted against United Nations General Assembly resolution 33/97 calling for the fullest possible consideration of the item at the thirty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

(2)   Pursuant to the resolution the United Nations Secretary-General on 24 April 1979 invited member nations to comment on the Draft Code. Australia has previously made its views on the Draft Code known and it was not thought necessary to reiterate these comments.

(3)   The Secretary-General has not circulated any documentation. The Secretariat has advised that they have received too few comments at this stage to justify reproducing them in a document.

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