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Thursday, 18 June 2009
Page: 6558


Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) (2:00 PM) —I inform the House that the Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion will be absent from question time today as she is leading a parliamentary delegation to the United States of America and Israel. In the United States, I understand, she will be meeting with the vice-president and in Israel will be meeting with the President and the Prime Minister of Israel. We wish her well on that visit. The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will answer questions in relation to education and social inclusion.

Honourable members interjecting—


Mr Pyne interjecting


Mr RUDD —Settle down, Christopher. The Attorney-General will answer questions in relation to employment and workplace relations on her behalf. I inform the House that the Minister for Trade will also be absent today as he is attending the Pacific Islands Forum of Trade Ministers meeting in Samoa. The Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism will answer questions on his behalf. The Minister for Foreign Affairs will be absent from question time today as he is in New Zealand holding bilateral discussions with the government in Wellington. The Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism will answer questions on his behalf. The Minister for Home Affairs will be absent from question time today as he is attending the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management in Perth. The Attorney-General will be answering questions on his behalf.