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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 754


Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave-I inform the Senate that Senator Ryan is absent from Australia, having left on 5 March for a visit to the United States of America. She will return on 18 March. During her absence the Minister for Science, Mr Barry Jones, will be Acting Minister for Education. Any questions in this chamber that would normally be directed to Senator Ryan in relation to her portfolio or those she represents should be directed to the Special Minister of State, Senator Tate. I also inform the Senate that the Minister for Science, Mr Barry Jones, has been appointed Minister Assisting the Treasurer on Prices and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Consumer Affairs. Any questions in this chamber in relation to Mr Jones's new portfolios should be directed to me.