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The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick), by leave, informed the Senate that, on 16 April 1981, His Excellency the Governor- General had accepted the resignation of the Hon. Andrew Peacock as Minister for Industrial Relations and had appointed the Hon. Ian Viner as Minister for Industrial Relations and the Hon. N. A. Brown, Q.C., as Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.

Ministerial Arrangements: Senator Carrick further informed the Senate that, during the absence overseas of Senator Messner, Senator Baume would act as Minister for Veterans' Affairs.