Czech president to lecture in Australia

Czech President Vaclav Klaus, a vocal opponent of the global warming theory, has left for a conference tour of Australia during which he will present his views on the issue. Mr Klaus will not hold any political talks while spending almost two weeks in Australia, which has led the local papers to speculate that the Czech president is being cold-shouldered by Australian politicians over his controversial views. The president’s office said Mr. Klaus's trip was purely academic and its cost was being covered by the Australian Institute of Public Affairs, an institution that presents itself as an independent think-tank. President Klaus will reportedly also meet with the Czech community in Canberra.