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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 1997

Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave-I inform the Senate that the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Hayden) left Australia on 11 May to visit London, Europe and the Soviet Union for high level foreign policy discussions and to attend an Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development ministerial council meeting in Paris. The Minister for Trade (Mr Lionel Bowen) is acting as Foreign Minister.

The Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) left Australia on 12 May to attend a conference in Seoul on participation of developing countries in the international trading system. The Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism and Minister for Administrative Services (Mr John Brown) is Acting Minister for Primary Industry until Mr Kerin returns.

I also inform the Senate that the Minister for Transport (Mr Peter Morris) left Australia on 11 May to attend a meeting in Oslo of the European Conference of Ministers for Transport and the Minister for Aviation (Mr Beazley) is Acting Minister for Transport until Mr Morris returns.