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Wednesday, 13 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - In reply to the honorable senator, I may say that, prior to this arrangement, the Secretary to the Prime Minister was under the Department of External Affairs, and consequently was not under the direct control of the Prime Minister himself. It has been advisable to create this Department of the Prime Minister, so that he may have a secretary under his- immediate control. There are other Departments which might be advantageously transferred to the Prime Minister's Department,but I am not at present in a position to say exactly to what extent that course will be' followed.

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