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Tuesday, 2 April 1968

Mr GORTON (Higgins) (Prime Minister) - 1 wish to inform the House that the Minister for the Interior (Mr Nixon) left Australia this morning to lead an Austraiian delegation to the dedication of the Commonwealth war graves cemetery at' Ambon. Mr Nixon will also visit war graves at Labuan and posts of the Australian News and Information Bureau in Djakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. He expects to return to Australia on 13th April. During his absence the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Anthony) will act as Minister for the Interior, and the Minister for Air (Mr Freeth) will represent the Minister for Customs and Excise in this chamber. 1 also wish to inform the House that tomorrow the Treasurer (Mr McMahon) will leave Australia to attend the annual meeting of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Manila. Mr McMahon expects to be absent for about 8 days. I will act as Treasurer during this period.

The Minister for Defence (Mr Fairhall) will also depart tomorrow for a 3-day visit to New Zealand to attend meetings of South Vietnam force contributors and the Anzus Council. The Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr Bury) will act as Minister for Defence and will represent the Minister for .Supply in this chamber during Mr Fairhall's absence.

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