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Friday, 18 June 1926


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .- (By leave.)-For the information of the Senate, I desire to announce certain changes which have taken place in the Government. For some time past I have expressed to the right honorable the Prime Minister a desire to be relieved of the heavy administrative work entailed by holding the position of a portfolio Minister. I have felt that the continuous and heavy administrative work of a department has precluded me from . devoting the necessary amount of time to the onerous legislative duties which my position as Leader of the Government in the Senate entails. The Prime Minister has also desired that I should be able to devote more of my time to the legislative . and policy side of the Government work. He has, therefore, invited me to take the position of VicePresident of the Executive Council, and I have accepted it. .It is of interest to the Senate that this arrangement is similar to that which obtained in the .first Federal Government, when the late Senator R. E. O'Connor was Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate. I shall continue as Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator the Hon. Sir Victor Wilson, K.B.E., and the Hon. L. E. Atkinson have tendered their resignations, which have been accepted by the Governor-General. Senator the Hon. Sir Thomas William Glasgow, K..C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D., arid the Hon. Thomas Paterson, M.P., have to-day been sworn in as Minister of Home and Territories and Minister for Markets and Migration respectively.







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