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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1746


Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - Mr Speaker, may I inform the House that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Mr Barnard, left Australia last Friday to discuss the Five Power arrangements with Malaysia and Singapore. He is expected to return to Australia tomorrow evening. During his absence the Minister for Repatriation, Senator Bishop, will act in Mr Barnard's portfolios. I shall represent Senator Bishop in this House in both his acting capacity and in his capacity as Minister for Repatriation.

I also wish to inform the House that the Minister for Overseas Trade and Minister for Secondary Industry, Dr J. F. Cairns, leaves Australia today to lead a trade mission to China. He is expected to return to Australia on 30th May. During his absence the Minister for Northern Development, Dr Patterson, will act as Minister for Overseas Trade and the Minister for Minerals and Energy, Mr Connor, will act as Minister for Secondary Industry and will also represent the Minister for Customs and Excise, Senator Murphy. I also inform the House that the PostmasterGeneral, Mr Lionel Bowen, will be Deputy Leader of the House.







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