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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr McEWEN (Murray) (Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Trade) . - by leave I wish to make a short statement, Mr. Speaker, relating to the intended visit overseas of the Minister for National Development (Senator Spooner).

Mr Ward - Not another one!

Mr McEWEN - I am surprised at the interjection of the honorable member for East Sydney, because the Government of which he was a distinguished member sent every private member overseas. I wish to inform the House that the Minister for National Development will go overseas on the 7th June. The Minister will visit Japan to discuss markets for Australian coal. He will also attend a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and will discuss atomic energy and mining matters in the United Kingdom, France and North America. Senator Spooner will return to Australia towards the end of July. During his absence, the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Henty) will act as Minister for National Development.

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