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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
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Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - May I inform the House of the absence of the following Ministers: The Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry, Dr J. F. Cairns, who is attending the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade ministerial meeting in Japan, and who is expected to return to Australia on 30 September; the Special Minister of State, Senator Willesee, who is leading the Australian delegation to the South Pacific Conference at Guam, and who is expected to return to Australia on 15 September; the Minister for Northern Development, Dr Patterson, who is attending the International Sugar Agreement Conference in Geneva, and who is expected to return to Australia in October; and the Minister for Services and Property and Leader of the House, Mr Daly, who is leading the Australian delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting in London, and who is expected to return to Australia on 23 September.

For the respective periods of these absences, the following arrangements will apply: The Minister for Urban and Regional Development, Mr Uren, is Acting Minister for Services and Property; the Minister for Tourism and Recreation, Mr Stewart, is Acting Special Minister of State; the Minister for Immigration, Mr Grassby, is representing the Minister for Primary Industry; the Minister for the Capital Territory and Minister for the Northern Territory, Mr Enderby, is Acting Minister for Northern Development; the PostmasterGeneral, Mr Lionel Bowen, is Acting Leader of the House. He is also acting as Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry, and is representing the Minister for Customs and Excise in this House.







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