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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20617


Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) (2:01 PM) —On 29 September, I announced significant changes to the ministry that will further strengthen the government, continue the process of renewal and regeneration of the coalition's front bench, and reinforce the government's goals for Australia's national security, economic strength and social stability. I am pleased to announce that the swearing in took place this morning and, for the information of honourable members, I table an updated list of the full ministry.

I inform the House that the Minister for Foreign Affairs will be absent from question time today for personal reasons. The Minister for Trade will answer questions on his behalf. I also inform the House that the Minister for the Environment and Heritage will be absent from question time today and tomorrow. The minister is in Rome to attend the preliminary ministerial meeting in preparation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference of the parties later in the year. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will answer questions on his behalf.