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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 463


Senator GARETH EVANS (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave—I inform the Senate that the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Senator Faulkner, departed for overseas on 27 August and will return on 6 September. He is leading a mission to attend the Western Front commemorative ceremonies in France and Belgium. During his absence, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services, Mr Howe, will act as Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Minister for Defence, Senator Ray, will cover the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel. Senator McMullan will act as Manager of Government Business. Up to and including Monday, 6 September, questions relating to the portfolio of defence science and personnel should be directed to Senator Ray and questions on veterans' affairs should be directed to Senator Richardson.