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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1287


Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) (Attorney-General) - I inform the Senate that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Willesee, will be absent from Australia until 14 October on a visit to the United States and the United Kingdom. During his absence the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, will act as Minister for Foreign Affairs until he departs for overseas on 27 September. The Special Minister of State, Mr Lionel Bowen, will then be acting as Minister for Foreign Affairs during the remainder of Senator Willesee 's absence. I will represent those Ministers usually represented by Senator Willesee in the Senate. I also inform the Senate that the Minister for Northern Development and Minister for the Northern Territory, Dr Patterson, will be absent from Australia until 30 September on a visit to the United Kingdom. During his absence the Special Minister of State, Mr Lionel Bowen, is Acting Minister for Northern Development and Acting Minister for the Northern Territory.







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