Senate debates

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers

G20 Finance Ministers Meeting

3:33 pm

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—Further to my answer in question time to Senator Wong, I can indicate that the G20 Summit is the key international-leaders-led forum on the global economy. The attendance of G20 countries at the summit is a matter for the G20 membership and is not Australia's decision alone.

Government appreciates this is a sensitive matter for all Australians, in particular the family and friends of the 38 victims who called Australia home. Russia must do its utmost to ensure full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2166, and to ensure that the perpetrators of the MH17 tragedy are brought to account.

The government is committed to returning our investigators to the crash site, when it is safe to do so, and in the company of our Dutch and Malaysian partners. We are determined to do what we can to ensure justice for the victims and their friends and families. In relation to travel sanctions, it is the government's intent to implement the travel bans it has in place.