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Thursday, 30 October 2003
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Senator HILL (Leader of the Government in the Senate) (3:01 PM) —The government has made some changes to ministerial representation in this place. These changes, I understand, have been forwarded to party leaders. I now seek to have the list of changes incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The list read as follows

I inform honourable senators of additional changes in Senate ministers' representational duties following the recent changes in the ministry.

The changes will distribute representational duties more evenly among Senate ministers and should facilitate scheduling of Senate estimates hearings.

Five ministers will share representational responsibilities which now are shared by two ministers.

The changes will apply next week for the Budget supplementary estimates hearings and thereafter.

The Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, will assume responsibility for the Environment and Heritage portfolio.

The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, will accept representative responsibility for Veterans' Affairs.

And the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, will assume responsibility for the Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio and the Employment Services Portfolio.