Prince William in Australia
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 02 November 2009
Prince William will tour bushfire-ravaged parts of Victoria as part of a three-day royal tour to Melbourne and Sydney this summer, reports Michael Harvey in the Herald Sun (2/11).

Announcing that the Prince would be in Australia from 19 to 21 January, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said “The visit originated from a request to the Government of Australia by Prince William to visit the country so as to begin to get to know Australia and its people.”

“During his visit, Prince William will focus on his core interests of supporting servicemen and women, helping young people fulfil their potential, and sustainable development in the light of climate change.

"The Prince will also use the visit to learn more about local Indigenous issues and visit the bushfire-ravaged countryside in Victoria.”

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Mr. Harvey noted this  will be the Prince’s second visit to our shores - he came here as a one-year-old in 1983 with his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Prince William will travel to Australia from New Zealand, where he is due to officially open the new Supreme Court in New Zealand.

“Prince William will have the opportunity to meet a cross-section of Australians involved in a variety of projects of interest in both Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Rudd said.

“His Royal Highness will travel to Australia from New Zealand and then return to the United Kingdom."

“Further details of the visit will be released closer to the time.”