Ma­roons try to sign up Oba­mas

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SYD­NEY will host Prince Harry and wife Meghan, as well as for­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama and wife Michelle, in Oc­to­ber — so Queens­land is try­ing to lure them north.

The star cou­ple will at­tend the In­vic­tus Games but Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has in­vited them to visit the un­der­wa­ter trea­sure of the reef and “ex­pe­ri­ence its nat­u­ral beauty”.

“Queens­lan­ders are proud of our state and our reef and we love to show it off,’’ she said.

The fact they will have plenty of nat­u­ral beauty to ex­plore in NSW ob­vi­ously doesn’t de­ter the cane toads, nor the fact the Oba­mas and Wind­sors might ac­tu­ally want to at­tend the games, the rea­son for their trip to Aus­tralia. It’s also be­cause Obama told Bris­bane’s G20 sum­mit in 2014 that “the in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral glory” of the reef was at risk from cli­mate change.

He ques­tioned if the reef would still be alive to visit with his children and grand­chil­dren in 50 years.

Ms Palaszczuk’s for­mal in­vi­ta­tion reck­ons the Obama fam­ily would be wowed by its “in­cred­i­ble beauty and won­der … as will Aus­tralians and vis­i­tors from around the world for many years to come”.

Or they could just stay in Syd­ney and get the same ef­fect.

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