West German President, Walter Scheel, has arrived in Canberra, Australia, to a full diplomatic and military welcome.
GV Aircraft taxiing along runway.
GV Guard of honour.
SV West German flag at masthead.
GVs West German President, Walter Scheel and Mrs Scheel walk down aircraft steps and are met by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. (2 SHOTS)
GV Guard of honour.
SVs Australian Governor General Sir Zelman Cowen walking with President Scheel who takes salute. (5 SHOTS)
SV Scheel inspects guard of honour. (3 SHOTS)
FOELL: "This is the first-ever visit by a West German head of state to Australia, but it's not simply because of those protocol reasons that the Federal Government is pulling out all the stops. According to Canberra insiders, this visit could result in some of the largest trade deals -- especially in the uranium area -- that Australia has yet signed. As evidence of the importance that the Germans treat us, President Scheel has brought with him delegations from the trade union movement, the farmers and big business, together with a very large team -- seventy-five in all -- official advisors, and thirty members of the Press. At Canberra today, though, the emphasis was on making him welcome.
"President Scheel gets down to the heavy business of negotiation with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser here in Canberra tomorrow. Then, after two days in Canberra, it's on the even more business with Premier Warn in New South Wales, and (Premier) Sir Charles Court in Western Australia.
All in all, the President will be in Australia five days -- five days that could be worth a lot to this country."
West Germany has expressed its keenness to buy Australian uranium and coal. But Australia will be pressing President Scheel to use his influence in the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) to obtain easier access for Australian agricultural products. The West German President is visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth, and will see Australia's mineral wealth first-hand when he tours Pilbara in Western Australia.
REPORTER: JOHN FOELL
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Background: West German President, Walter Scheel, has arrived in Canberra, Australia, to a full diplomatic and military welcome. Herr Scheel has with him some of the most senior and influential political, industrial and trade union leaders from West Germany. His entourage outnumber those of recent top-level visitors, including United States Vice-President Walter Mondale. Among the Australian dignitaries to greet him at the start of his five-day visit on Monday (23 October), were the Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowen, Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and the President of the Senate, Sir Condor Laucke. This report by John Foell of Channel Ten, Sydney.