Klaus explains security incident in Canberra

President Václav Klaus has responded to media reports of his refusal to go through security at the Australian Parliament House. On Tuesday, President Klaus refused to go through a metal detector at the Australian parliament building, where he was to be interviewed on public television. Writing in the daily Právo, the president explains that a group of schoolchildren was queued in front of him as he waited to enter the building, whereby he told the TV producer that he was not prepared to wait. The producer’s account that Mr Klaus objected to going through the metal detector made international headlines that evening. The Czech president is on a private, rather than official, visit to Australia, where he is doing a string of lectures positing his controversial views on climate change.