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Tuesday, 17 August 1976

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (Wannon) (Prime Minister) - Mr Speaker,I wish to inform the House that on 8 July His Excellency the Governor-General determined the appointment of Senator the Hon. Ivor Greenwood, Q.C, as Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development. This action was taken, as honourable members would know, as a consequence of Senator Greenwood's continued illness. I am sure that all honourable members will wish to join me in expressing good wishes to Senator Greenwood, his wife and family.

On the same day His Excellency accepted the resignation of the Hon. Kevin Newman as Minister for Repatriation and appointed the Hon. Kevin Newman and Senator the Hon. Peter Durack to hold offices of Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development and Minister for Repatriation respectively. As a result of these changes the following alterations in representational arrangements will operate in the Senate: Senator Carrick will represent the

Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, and Senator Durack will represent the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Street), the AttorneyGeneral (Mr Ellicott) and the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs (Mr Howard). Mr Newman will represent the Minister for Repatriation in the House of Representatives.

On 23 June His Excellency agreed to a change in the administrative arrangements order which placed the responsibility for child care matters under the Minister for Social Security (Senator Guilfoyle). I further inform the House that I have appointed the Hon. A. A. Street to assist me in women's affairs matters and the Hon. A. A. Staley to assist me in matters concerning the arts.

I also inform the House that the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. J. D. Anthony, left Australia on 6 August 1976 to visit Iran and Europe where he will be having talks on trade and economic matters with different governments. He is due to return on 24 August. In his absence Senator the Hon. Robert Cotton will act as Minister for Overseas Trade and the Hon. Peter Nixon will act as Minister for National Resources. Senator Cotton will be represented in his acting capacity in this chamber by the Hon. John Howard."

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