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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - by leave - I desire to announce to the House that the AttorneyGeneral and Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Evatt), by direction of the Government, is at present in the United States of America, where he is carrying out a special mission on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. This mission involves, as an essential part, that Dr. Evatt shall proceed to the United Kingdom as early as possible.

During Dr. Evatt's absence from Australia, the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Beasley) will act as Attorney-General, and I shall act as Minister for External Affairs.

The Honorable J. B. Chifley has been sworn in as a member of the Australian Advisory War Council.

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