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Prince Charles down under: Taxpayers face big bill for royal visit
November 15, 2015 - 12:15AM
National Political Correspondent
Australian taxpayers will be charged close to half a million dollars for
this month's brief royal tour.
Prince Charles and Camilla are due to fly out of Australia on Sunday after a
five-day tour that took them to Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Canberra,
Sydney, Perth and Albany.
But they'll be leaving a hefty bill behind.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed it is covering
the costs of the trip.
"The total cost of the visit is not yet known but it is expected that it
will be consistent with past visits," a spokesperson said.
The department pointed out the royal couple's last visit, a similar six-day
trip in November 2012, cost it $437,057.
That included roughly $257,000 for transport, $85,000 for meals,
accommodation and incidentals, $66,500 for media work, $5500 for hospitality
and events and $23,000 in so-called miscellaneous costs.
The department's figures do not include the cost of security, which would
take the total much higher.
Taxpayers were charged $474,000 to host Prince William and his young family
in April last year but that was considered a "budget" trip because the costs
were spread over 10 days.
A 2011 visit by the Queen and her husband cost taxpayers $2.7 million.
Proponents of royal tours say the international coverage leads to a boost
for the tourism industry.
This was Charles' 15th visit to Australia. His first was almost 50 years
ago, when he spent two terms at a Victorian school.
He met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - a former leader of the Australian
Republican Movement - in Canberra on Wednesday. Mr Turnbull once accused
Prince Charles of "unashamed adultery" over his relationship with his
Prince Charles celebrated his 67th birthday with a beachside barbecue in the
Perth suburb or Cottesloe on Saturday.