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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Hayden n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

Will he consider the appointment of a "Minister for Disarmament and Development Assistance to Underdeveloped Nations", whose duties would be to specialise in exploring methods of achieving world peace, to encourage disarmament and to promote greater interest and practical participation in international schemes for the development of undeveloped nations in which the advanced economies of the world would take part?

Mr Harold Holt - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

The activities envisaged for the holder of the suggested portfolio are already actively pursued by the Minister for External Affairs. There are, of course, many new portfolios of a specialist variety which have been or could be the subject of similar proposals, but I see no reason for altering the present arrangement of responsibilities.

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