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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 2301


Senator ABETZ (TasmaniaLeader of the Government in the Senate, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Minister for Employment) (14:00): by leave—I inform the Senate that Senator Johnston, the Minister for Defence, will be absent from the Senate today. He is attending the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium hosted by the Chief of Navy.

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator ABETZ: And, yes, it is in Perth. For the purposes of question time I will be representing the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio and Senator Brandis will be representing the Minister for Defence.