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Monday, 4 June 1984
Page: 2397


Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave-I inform the Senate that the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Trade and Acting Foreign Minister (Mr Lionel Bowen) left Australia yesterday to visit China for further discussions on the iron and steel co-operation initiative and to open the inaugural Australia-China business forum. The Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) is Acting Minister for Trade until Mr Bowen returns. The Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) is Acting Foreign Minister until Mr Hayden returns.