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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - You have referred, Mr. Speaker, to the resignation of the Right Honorable Sir Robert Menzies as Prime Minister. Following that resignation, to which I shall be referring again later this week, His Excellency the Governor-General commissioned me, as the newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, to form a ministry. I formally announce that the new Government, which was sworn in on 26th January 1966 - Australia Day, Mr. Speaker, and this I feel has some happy symbolism for us all - is constituted as follows -

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