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Wednesday, 8 October 1941

Minister for Repatriation and Minister in Charge ofWar Service Homes- The Honorable C. W. Frost.

Minister for War Organization of Industry and Minister in Charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research- The Honorable J. J. Dedman.

Minister for Home Security and Minister assisting the Treasurer - The Honorable H. P. Lazzarini.

Minister for External Territories and Minister assisting the Minister for Commerce - Senator the Honorable J. M. Fraser.

Minister for Aircraft Production and Minister assisting the Minister for Munitions - Sena-tor the Honorable D. Cameron.

Minister for Transport and Minister assisting the PostmasterGeneral - The Honorable G. Lawson.

The members of theWar Cabinet are Mr. Curtin, Mr. Forde, Mr. Chifley, Dr. Evatt, Mr. Beasley, Mr. Makin and Mr. Drakeford. The Prime Minister is communicating with the Leader of the Opposition, and with the leader of the second opposition party, requesting that the machinery set up in respect of the Australian AdvisoryWar Council be maintained.

In the Senate, Senator the Honorable J. S. Collings will represent the Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Coordination and the Minister for Home Security: Senator the Honorable R. V. Keane will represent the Minister for the Army, the Treasurer, the Minister for Social Services and Minister for Health, and the Minister for Transport; Senator the HonorableW. P. Ashley will represent the Attorney-General and Minister for External Affairs, the Minister for the Navy and the Minister for Munitions, and the Minister for Labour and National Service ; Senator the Honorable J. M. Fraser will represent the Minister for Supply and Development and the Minister for Commerce; and Senator the Honorable D. Cameron will represent the Minister for Air and Minister for Civil Aviation, the Minister for Repatriation and Minister in Charge ofWar Service Homes, the Minister forWar Organization of Industry and Minister in Charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Senate Ministers will be represented in the House of Representatives- as follows : -

The Minister for the Interior, by the Honorable H. P. Lazzarini;

The Minister for Trade and Customs, by the Honorable J. A. Beasley ;

The Postmaster-General and Minister for Information, by the Honorable G. Lawson.

The Minister for External Territories, by the Honorable E. J. Ward ; and

The Minister for Aircraft Production, by the Honorable A. S. Drakeford.

I desire also to inform the Senate that the Prime Minister has to-day sent a cablegram to the Prime Minister of Great Britain in the following terms: -

I take the occasion of the commencement of my work as Prime Minister of Australia to assure you of the desire of my Government to co-operate fully with your Government and with the Governments of the other Dominions in all matters associated with the welfare of the Empire. In particular we will devote our energies to the effective organization of all our resources, so that we may play our part in. bringing victory to the Empire and our Allies.







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