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Thursday, 20 November 1997
Page: 10939


Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I inform the House that the Minister for Defence (Mr McLachlan) will act as trade minister from today until 23 November. I also inform the House that I will be absent from question time next week; I will be in Vancouver attending the APEC leaders meeting. The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Tim Fischer) will act as Prime Minister during my absence.