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CHANGES IN MINISTRY

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir John Carrick), by leave, informed the Senate that His Excellency the Governor-General had accepted this day the resignations of Mr MacKellar as Minister for Health and Mr Moore as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, and had appointed Mr Brown as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs and Senator Peter Baume as Minister for Health.

Deputy-Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia: Senator Sir John Carrick further informed the Senate of the resignation, on 8 April 1982, of the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Sir Phillip Lynch) as Deputy-Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia and of the appointment of the Treasurer (Mr Howard) as Deputy -Leader, on that day.

Ministerial Arrangements: Senator Sir John Carrick also informed the Senate that, during the absence overseas of Mr Anthony, Mr Sinclair would act as Minister for Trade and Resources, that, during the absence overseas of Mr Hunt, Mr Fife would act as Minister for Transport, and that, during the absence overseas of Senator Chaney, Senator Peter Baume would act as Minister for Social Security.

Papers: Senator Sir John Carrick, by leave, made a statement relating to the resignation of Ministers and, by Command of His Excellency the Governor-General, laid upon the Table the following Papers: Colour Television Set-Documents (2) relating to the importation of a colour television set by the Mr MacKellar, M.P.

Senator Grimes, by leave, moved-That the Senate take note of the Papers and the Statement.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Sir John Carrick the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.