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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2708

Senator SIM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether it is a fact that the Department of Foreign Affairs is hampered in its dealings with nations because it has insufficient authority to coordinate all aspects of Australia's relations with other nations. If it is a fact, should not the authority and powers of the Department of Foreign Affairs be expanded in the interests of the nation?

Senator WILLESEE - At the moment an inquiry is going on into the whole of the Australian Public Service. Anybody, including departments, can make submissions to that inquiry. The Department of Foreign Affairs has made a submission to it. It was explained a little more fully by the Secretary of the Department the other day at the Press Club. I do not feel like commenting on it while it is before the inquiry.

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