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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8316


Senator CHRIS EVANS (Western AustraliaMinister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:00): by leave—I inform the Senate that Senator Arbib, the Minister for Sport, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness, will be absent from question time today through to Wednesday.

Senator Ian Macdonald: I thought that you were being replaced.

Senator CHRIS EVANS: I will be getting more responsibilities, actually. During Senator Arbib's absence, I will take questions relating to the Indigenous Employment and Economic Development portfolio and to the Housing and Homelessness portfolio. Senator Conroy will take questions relating to the Sport portfolio. Senator Sherry will take questions relating to the Human Services portfolio and the Arts portfolio.