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Transcript 1413

PM 107/1966 - ITINERARY FOR US PRESIDENTIAL VISIT

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Holt, Harold

Period of Service: 26/01/1966 to 19/12/1967

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Release Date: 12/10/1966

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 1413

E M B A R G 0 NOT FOR PUBLICATION O. R
M ID N I GHT BROADCASTING BEFORE MIDNIGHT
FOR PRESS: P. M. No. 107/ 1966
ITINERARY FOR PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
Statement by the Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Holt
The itinerary for the visit to Australia by President Johnson
from the 20th 23rd of October has now been drawn up.
The programme, arranged by the Commonwealth Government
and American authorities in consultation with the relevant States, has been
approved by the White House. The variety in the itinerary will give the
President and Mrs. Johnson some contact with distinctive features of the
Australian scene and way of life.
In particular, I am very glad that it has been possible to
devise a programme that, within the limited time available, will enable
large numbers of Australians to see the President. There will be
official drives through the streets of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as
well as Canberra. An adjustment to the President's initial plans means that he
will now be in Australia for an additional night, the 22nd. The original
arrangement provided for departure from Australia late on the night of
Saturday, 22nd October, but this has now been changed in favour of
departure on Sunday morning.
When this change was made, it was contemplated that the
President would spend Saturday night in Canberra and make an aircraft
refuelling stop of about 45 minutes in Brisbane, but it is now provided
that he will fly to Brisbane on Saturday night and leave Australia from
Brisbane on Sunday morning. This will not only give the people of
Brisbane a better opportunity to see the President but will give him the
benefit of a longer break of journey in the flight to Manila.
The details of the Australian itinerary are as follows:-
THURSDAY, 20TH OCTOBER, 1966
6. 00 p. m. Ceremonial arrival at RAAF, Fairb aimn
Proceed to Government House, arriving at 6. 50 p. m.
Later Leave for Hotel Rex at Canberra arriving at about 7. 30 p. m.
Dine privately
FRIDAY, 21ST OCTOBER, 1966
00 a. m. The President leaves the Hotel Rex at Canberra for wreathlaying
at Australian War Memorial
Later Leaves for Parliament House via Australian/ American
Memorial
30 a. m. Arrives at Parliameut House for call on the Prime Minister
of Australia
Discussion with Ministers to follow

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FRIDAY, 21ST OCTOBER. ( Contd.)
NOTE: During the morning, Mrs. Johnson will undertake a separate
programme which is not yet final.
12. 15 p. m
3. 00 p. m.
3. 45 p. m.
Later
7. 45 p. m.
8. 45 p. m.
SATURDAY, Morning 10.3W0 a. m
11. CO a. m
3.00 3.30 p. M.
p. M.
6. 00 p. m.
7.00 8.15 P. M.
p. m. The President and Mrs. Johnson attend a Parliamentary
Luncheon at Parliament House at which the President will
address invited guests
Take-off for Melbourne from RAAF Fairbairn
Arrive at Essendon Airport and drive through City of
Melbourne
Attend a joint Commonwealth/ State Reception
Take-off for Canberra from Essendon Airport
Arrive at RAAF Fairbairn and proceed to Hotel Rex at
Canberra
22ND OCTOBER., 1966
The President receives the Leader of Her Majesty's
Opposition at the Hotel Rex at Canberra
Take-off for Sydney from RAAF Fairbairn
Arrive at Sydney Airport and drive through City of Sydney
Attend a joint Commonwealth/ State Reception and later
leave for launch trip on harbour
Take-off for Canberra from Sydney Airport
Arrive at RAAF Fairbairn and proceed to Lanyon Station
for a barbecue given by the Ambassador of the United
States of America and Mrs. Clark
Leave for RAAF Fairbairn
Arrive Ceremonial farewell
Take-off for Brisbane
Arrive at Brisbane Airport and proceed to Lennon's Hotel
Evening free
SUNDAY, 23RD OCTOBER, 1966.
9. 00 a. m.
00 a. m.
NOTE Leave for Brisbane Airport
Arrive Take-off for Manila
There could be some slight time changes when flying
times between cities have been rechecked.
CANBERRA, 12th October, 1966.

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