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Queen Elizabeth arrives in Australia

Broadcast: 19/10/2011

Reporter: Tom Iggulden

Political correspondent Tom Iggulden is in Canberra where the Queen has arrived for her 16th and
possibly last visit to Australia.


STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: The Queen has arrived in Australia on what could be her last trip here.

The 10-day tour has begun in Canberra with quick trips to Brisbane and Melbourne planned before
travelling to Perth where she'll open the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

Political correspondent Tom Iggulden's in Canberra and he joins us now.

Tom, what was the reaction like for the Queen's arrival this evening?

TOM IGGULDEN, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, doubling tonight, Steve, as the Royal reporter.

Look, the Queen arrived about 20 minutes early here in Canberra. Once she touched down on
Australian soil she was greeted of course by the Prime Minister and the Governor-General. There was
a bit of pomp and ceremony, a 21-gun salute and also the Queen inspected the Federation Guard
gathered there at the airstrip.

After that, despite the long flight from Europe, she decided to meet some of the 200 or so people
that had gathered there to see her. She got an Aboriginal artwork from one well-wisher and a young
well-wisher even presented her with a cut-out - a cardboard cut-out crown which she'll no doubt put
alongside and cherish with her real crown. Then it was off to Government House where she's spending
the night tonight at Yarralumla.

STEVE CANNANE: Now Tom, a Royal visit can sometimes bring up the issue of the Republic. Has that
happened so far?

TOM IGGULDEN: Look, thus far Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard in the lead-up to this trip have been
steering pretty clear of this issue and I would expect that to continue. It's not really a hot
issue at the moment. Though the Roy Morgan organisation conducted a poll just last week that said
support for the monarchy was at 55 per cent, which is a pretty high - higher than last time they
did the poll, and support for a Republic's down at around 34 per cent, which is at about 20-year
low, Steve.

STEVE CANNANE: OK, Tom. So, the next 10 days, a busy schedule planned for the Queen and Prince

TOM IGGULDEN: Yeah, that's right. Look, here in Canberra I suppose the highlight will be a visit to
the War Memorial where they'll have a look at the Afghanistan memorial.

Next week in Brisbane the Queen will meet with victims of the Queensland floods there in Brisbane.
You might remember that Prince William met with them earlier this year, some of them.

In Melbourne we're told that she's going to ride a Melbourne tram and then it's off to the opening
of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Perth, Friday week.

STEVE CANNANE: Thanks for that, Tom.

TOM IGGULDEN: Pleasure, Steve.

STEVE CANNANE: Tom Iggulden there.