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Notice given 9 August 2012

2002  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Will the Government honour the verbal undertakings that facilitated United Nations (UN) member states agreement by consensus to the ‘Cocos’ association with Australia’, the outcome of the UN supervised act of self-determination.

(2) What standing in international law does the Government accord to verbal undertakings made by ambassadors and permanent representatives at the UN when those undertakings produce results sought in Australia’s national interest.

2006  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) In relation to industrial disputation during the 2011-12 financial year: (a) what was the annual cost to the economy; and (b) what was the impact on Australia’s productivity.

(2) Does the Treasurer acknowledge that there has been an increase in industrial action; if so, has the Treasurer expressed concerns to either the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations or the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations about this increase or the impact of industrial disputation on the economy.