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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2367


Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) Following on the resignation of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Honourable Don Willesee, from his other posts, and the abolition of the Departments of Navy, Army, Air, Civil Aviation, Housing and External Territories, I inform the Senate of the following ministerial changes.

The Honourable F. E. Stewart, Minister for Tourism and Recreation, is now also VicePresident of the Executive Council. The Honourable Les Johnson is Minister for Housing and Construction, the Department of Works having been renamed the Department of Housing and Construction. The Honourable Lionel F. Bowen, Postmaster-General, is now also Special Minister of State. He will also be Minister assisting the Prime Minister. Senator Willesee will represent the Special Minister of State in this chamber. The Honourable W. L. Morrison, Minister for Science, will also be Minister assisting the Minister for Foreign Affairs in matters relating to Papua New Guinea.

By these changes the number of departments has been reduced from thirty seven to thirty one. Other changes- the abolition of the Department of Customs and Excise and the Department of Supply and the incorporation of their functions elsewhere- are still under consideration. Honourable senators should also know that the royal commission on the Post Office is continuing its work and is expected to report by next March. It may also be of use to honourable senators- I know that this is a little beyond my statement on ministerial arrangements- if there were to be incorporated in Hansard a list of government departments today and as at 2 December 1972. I ask leave accordingly for this list to be incorporated.


The PRESIDENT - Order! Is leave granted? There being no objection leave is granted. (The document read as follows)-

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT 2 DECEMBER 1972

Department of Air

Department of the Army

Attorney-General 's Department

Department of Civil Aviation

Department of Customs and Excise

Department of Defence

Department of Education and Science

Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts

Department of External Territories

Department of Foreign Affairs

Department of Health

Department of Housing

Department of Immigration

Department of the Interior

Department of Labour and National Service

Department of National Development

Department of the Navy

Postmaster-General 's Department

Department of Primary Industry

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Repatriation Department

Department of Shipping and Transport

Department of Social Services

Department of Supply

Department of Trade and Industry

Department of the Treasury

Department of Works

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT 4 DECEMBER 1973

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Attorney-General 's Department

Department of the Capital Territory

Department of Customs and Excise

Department of Defence

Department of Education

Department of the Environment and Conservation

Department of Foreign Affairs

Depanment of Health

Department of Housing and Construction

Department of Immigration

Department of Labour

Department of the Media

Department of Minerals and Energy

Department of Northern Development

Department of the Northern Territory

Department of Overseas Trade

Postmaster-General's Department

Department of Primary Industry

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Repatriation Department

Department of Science

Department of Secondary Industry

Department of Services and Property

Department of Social Security

Department of the Special Minister of State

Department of Supply

Department of Tourism and Recreation

Department of Transport

Department of the Treasury

Department of Urban and Regional Development


Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) -I also inform the Senate that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Willesee, is in New Zealand attending the 23rd meeting of the Colombo Plan Consultative Committee. He is expected to return on 8 December. In his absence the Prime Minister is the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs. I shall represent those Ministers normally represented in this chamber by Senator Willesee.

The Minister for Transport, the Honourable C. K. Jones, is in Europe to attend the European Conference of Ministers for Transport, to which Australia has just been admitted, in Paris, and to have discussions in London and in Holland. He is expected to return to Australia on 9 December. In bis absence the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Cavanagh, is Acting Minister for Transport.







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