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Wednesday, 24 October 1956


Mr SPEAKER - Order!


Mr MENZIES - Some Opposition members will, but one of them will not.

In the Senate, Senator O'sullivan will represent me, the Minister for External Affairs and Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, and the Minister for Defence; Senator Spooner will represent the Treasurer, the Minister for Labour and National Service, the Minister for Trade, the Minister for the Army, the Minister for Works, and the Minister for Social Services; Senator Cooper will represent the Minister for Territories, the Minister for Health and the Postmaster-General; Senator Paltridge will represent the Minister for Supply and Minister for Defence Production, the Minister for Primary Industry, and the Minister for Air; Senator Henty will represent the Minister for Immigration, the Minister for the Navy, and the Minister for the Interior.

I should add that quite inadvertently yesterday, associating two ideas wrongly in my mind, I indicated that the Minister for Defence would administer the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in the absence of my colleague the Minister for External Affairs. I was in error there. I have arranged that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization will be administered by the Minister for Primary Industry during the absence of my colleague.







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