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Monday, 16 June 2003
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Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) (2:00 PM) —I inform the House that the Minister for the Environment and Heritage will be absent from question time today and for the remainder of the week. The minister is attending the 55th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Germany. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will answer questions on his behalf.

I also inform the House that the Minister for Trade will be absent from question time today until 24 June inclusive. The minister is travelling to the United Kingdom and Switzerland for meetings on trade related issues. He will then travel to Egypt to attend a World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting and various bilateral meetings. The Minister for Foreign Affairs will answer questions on his behalf today, and the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs will answer questions on his behalf for the remainder of the week while the Minister for Foreign Affairs is overseas on ministerial business.

I will advise the House of further arrangements next week. The Minister for Ageing has been delayed and will not attend question time today. The Minister for Education, Science and Training will answer questions on his behalf.