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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2217

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - I inform the Senate that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Overseas Trade, Dr J. F. Cairns, is attending a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the International Bauxite Association in Guyana and will be absent from Australia until 16 November. In his absence the Special Minister of State, Mr Lionel Bowen, is acting as Minister for Overseas Trade.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Willesee, who left Australia on 31 October to attend a meeting of iron-ore producing countries in Geneva and a meeting of the Ministerial Conference for the Economic Development of SouthEast Asia in Manila will return on 18 November. In his absence, the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, is acting as Minister for Foreign Affairs. I will represent those Ministers usually represented by Senator Willesee in the Senate.

The Minister for the Environment and Conservation, Dr Cass, will be absent from Australia until 17 November attending a ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Environment Committee in Paris. In his absence, the Minister for Health, Dr Everingham, is acting as Minister for the Environment and Conservation.

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