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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 9

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Prime Minister) - I wish to inform the House that the Minister for National Development, Sir Reginald Swartz, has informed me that in view of his impending retirement at the end of this Parliament he wishes to relinquish his position as Leader of the House. I have accepted Sir Reginald's decision with very great regret. He has carried out these most onerous and responsible duties with distinction and has been an outstanding Leader. I have appointed as the new Leader of the House the Minister for Customs and Excise, Mr Chipp. However, I have asked Sir Reginald, and he has agreed, to make himself available to the Minister for Customs and Excise, and to myself and the Government, in a consultative capacity in relation to matters of House proceedings.

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