As part of a briefing for CHOGM Buckingham Palace staff advised the Queen that the Howard Government had, under changes to its Migration Act, excluded a number of islands from Australian territory for the purposes of that Act. Her Majesty enquired as to which islands had been removed. She was advised they included Ashmore, Cocos and Christmas.
The Queen then rang Howard to tell him that as Australia had cancelled Christmas she wasn’t coming to CHOGM.
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