MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
AUSTRALIA

D2

10 February 1999

Visit To Australia By The President Of Hungary - Media Opportunities

The President of Hungary, His Excellency Mr Arpad Goncz, will visit Australia from 15 to 21 February as a guest of the Australian Government.

The President arrives in Sydney on 15 February, and starts his visit officially in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. His appointments in Canberra will include meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Mr Tim Fischer, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Kim Beazley.

He will also visit the War Memorial, meet members of Canberra's Hungarian community and inspect a gas-powered bus produced by West Australian company Transcom International and currently being trialled in Hungary.

In Sydney on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February, the President will meet the New South Wales Premier, Mr Bob Carr, and attend a State luncheon in his honour. His other engagements include accepting a doctorate at the University of Technology, Sydney, in recognition of his contribution to literature,democracy and social justice; opening a business and trade forum; and meeting the Hungarian community.

Appointments in Melbourne on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February will include another business seminar, a meeting with academics and authors at Monash University; and a meeting with the Hungarian community.

Media accreditation will be necessary in the form of the National Visits Pass (a Parliamentary Press Gallery Pass will be sufficient for events in Parliament House in Canberra). If you have not already applied for and received your National Visits Media Pass, please contact the Protocol/Public Relations Branch of the Premier's Department in your State for an application form (VIC Linda Davies ph (03) 9651 5009; ACT Geoff Brough ph (02) 6271 5363; NSW Cliff Lonsdale ph. (02) 92284513.) Foreign correspondents should contact Ruth Cleary on (02) 9770 7017.

Media Inquiries: Barbara Whiteman (Commonwealth Media Liaison Officer)
ph. (02) 97707077 mob. 0412 111135

Greg Wood (NSW Government Media Liaison Officer)
ph (02) 92284513 mob. 0411 157523

Linda Davies (VIC Government Media Liaison Officer)
ph (03) 96515009 mob. 0416 196066