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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 1242


Mr HAWKE (Prime Minister) —I inform the House that the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Trade and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Lionel Bowen) left Australia today to attend a special ministerial meeting convened in Rio de Janeiro by the Brazilian Minister for Finance to discuss the current international trade situation and to visit Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. The Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) is Acting Minister for Trade, the Minister for Defence (Mr Scholes) is Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Communications (Mr Duffy) is representing the Attorney-General in this chamber.