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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandMinister for the Interior) - by leave - I desire to inform the Senate that, owing to the exercise by the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) of wider powers relating to higher defence policy in the south-western Pacific area, the portfolio of Minister of State for Defence Co-ordination, which position was held by the Prime Minister, has been changed to that of Minister of State for Defence, and that on the 14th April, 1942, the Prime Minister was appointed to that office. The Department of Defence Co-ordination will in future be known as the Department of Defence.

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