Prince Charles’ 16th trip to Australia

Hannah Higgins
(Australian Associated Press)

 

A TIMELINE OF PRINCE CHARLES’ VISITS TO AUSTRALIA

 

* 1966

Visited Australia for the first time as a schoolboy, spending two terms at Timbertop, the rural campus of Victoria’s Geelong Grammar School.

* 1967

The young prince returned to Australia to represent his mother at the funeral of Prime Minister Harold Holt, who disappeared while swimming.

* 1970

Prince Charles accompanied his mother the Queen, his father Prince Philip and his sister Princess Anne on the Royal Tour of Australasia. The family visited the Royal Easter Show while in Sydney.

* 1974

The Prince went for a dip at the famous Bondi Beach while in the country to open the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Springs with then prime minister Gough Whitlam.

* 1977

Visited Australia as Patron of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal for Young Australians.

* 1978

The Prince, representing his mother, attended the funeral of Sir Robert Menzies in Melbourne.

* 1979

In one of his more memorable visits as a young bachelor, Prince Charles was ambushed in the surf at Cottesloe Beach by Perth model Jane Priest who stole a quick kiss.

* 1981

The Prince visited shortly after the announcement of his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer to open the 50th Anniversary Convention of Apex Clubs of Australia.

* 1983

He returned in 1983 with his new bride Princess Diana and their son Prince William, the trio flying into Alice Springs.

* 1985

The Prince and Princess of Wales returned to Australia for a visit to Victoria to celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary. The pair attended the Melbourne Cup.

* 1988

Prince Charles and Princess Diana returned for the last time as a couple as part of Australia’s bicentenary celebrations.

* 1994

A 23-year-old man was arrested after firing a starter pistol at the Prince as he prepared to hand out Australia Day awards in Sydney.

* 2005

The Prince visited Australia shortly ahead of his wedding to long-time love Camilla Parker-Bowles, travelling to Perth, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra.

* 2012

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visited for six days to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The pair spent time in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and the ACT – the trip costing Australian taxpayers $437,057.

* 2015

In what was the Prince’s 15th visit to Australia, he and the Duchess of Cornwall took in Adelaide, Tanunda, Canberra, Sydney, Albany and Perth where they celebrated his 67th birthday.

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Judge Trump’s substance, not style: Howard

Tom Rabe
(Australian Associated Press)

 

The world should judge Donald Trump on substance and not style, says former Australian prime minister John Howard.

Speaking at a US-Australia relations conference in Sydney on Monday evening, Mr Howard said the American president’s actions universally justified cause “for a positive response”.

“Its impossible to talk about our relationship without acknowledging that President Trump has brought a different style to the position,” Mr Howard told the function, hosted by Australian and US embassies and think tanks.

“It is very important to look to the substance of what the American administration is doing and not be distracted by the style and externalities.”

Mr Howard pointed to Mr Trump’s military response to the chemical attack on Syrian civilians by the Assad regime earlier this year as an example of good leadership.

“That was consummately executed, both in a military sense and also in a diplomatic sense and it won the applause of the world.”

Mr Howard went on to say he believed the seemingly continual turnover of senior White House staff was beginning to settle following this week’s ousting of controversial strategist Steve Bannon.

“I think I see a return to normalcy in the personnel,” Mr Howard said, prompting an subtle murmur.

Afterwards, his comments were described as “delusional” by audience member, Sydney University academic James Curran.

“I think he’s got the blinkers on with the US,” the history professor told AAP.

“He’s delusional in the belief that now that Bannon is gone, the Trump White House is slowly settling down into some kind of normalisation.”

Prof Curran challenged Mr Howard’s assertion that there was any “substance” behind Mr Trump’s unconventional style.

“I’m not too sure where the substance is, I haven’t seen it,” he said.

“Yes, he spoke about Syria strikes, well what was the strategy to back that up?”

Prof Curran said he didn’t believe Australia’s current prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was as confident in Mr Trump.

“As I understand it, Turnbull is privately scathing of Trump – privately scathing.”

Distinguished research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute Kori Schaki said while she believed Mr Howard had a point, she wasn’t convinced Mr Trump had yet proved it.

“I think style matters and I think words matter, so I’m not entirely persuaded by his argument,” Ms Schaki told AAP.

“But his point to watch what they do, not just what they’re saying – I do think he’s right about that.”

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Obama joins Clinton on campaign trail

By Jeff Mason

(Australian Associated Press)

After months on the sidelines, President Barack Obama has joined Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail at a rally.

“I’m here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton, and I want you to help elect her to be the next president of the United States of America,” Obama said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.

Obama was returning the favour after Clinton backed him in 2008 and waited while she battled Bernie Sanders for the party nod before endorsing her last month.

Clinton’s trip with Obama came the same day that FBI Director James Comey said the agency will not recommend that Clinton face charges over her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama did not get advance notice of Comey’s announcement and said he would not discuss the FBI investigation with Clinton.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who was also due to campaign in North Carolina on Tuesday, said of the FBI recommendation, “As usual, bad judgment.”

On Tuesday, Obama told the crowd “there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton”.

Clinton hopes to reclaim North Carolina for Democrats in the November 8 election, which Obama won in 2008 general election but lost narrowly in 2012.

Obama’s first campaign appearance with the former first lady will close a circle on a relationship that started cordially when the two were colleagues in the US Senate, grew tense when they were rivals in the 2008 race, and became close when Clinton served in Obama’s cabinet during his first term.

Obama has focused on what he touts as Clinton’s strength of character, in hopes of shoring up support among voters who find her untrustworthy, a weakness Trump has sought to exploit.

Clinton needs Obama to woo young and left-leaning voters who backed Sanders and who made up part of the president’s voting coalition in 2008 and 2012.

Clinton has also campaigned with high-profile liberal U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and she will appear later this week with Vice President Joe Biden.

Clinton and Obama travelled to North Carolina on the presidential plane Air Force One, which Trump said was a burden on taxpayers.

A Clinton spokesman said the campaign would cover its portion of the travel costs.