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Mr Howard (Prime Minister) informed the House that, during the absence of Jackie Kelly (Minister for Sport and Tourism), Mr Hockey (Minister for Financial Services and Regulation)would continue to act as Minister for Sport and Tourism.

Mr Howard also informed the House that on 10 March 2000 the current Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed by the Governor-General under section 64 of the Constitution to administer their respective departments. In accordance with the Ministers of State Act 1952each had been designated by
the Governor-General as Parliamentary Secretary, and directed to hold the office of Parliamentary Secretary to the relevant portfolio Minister. These appointments replace the appointments under the Parliamentary Secretaries Act 1980which was repealed upon commencement on 10 March 2000 of the Ministers of State and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000.