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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta By STEWART MacLEOD SYDNEY (CP) - Somewhere off the Great Barrier Reef, Prime Minister Trudeau was at sea today, his official talks shortened by an Australian Parliamentary emergency, but presumably still enjoying the skin-diving site of his scheduled work-play cruise. Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, his party shaken by a censure-motion debate Friday, cancelled plans to spend two days on the yacht with Mr. Trudeau where they were to talk as well as swim. And Army Minister Andrew Peacock, Mr. Gorton's assistant, was delayed in getting there. Meanwhile, the Canadian Prime Minister had the company of Mrs. Gorton and Mrs. Peacock, three skin-diving experts, a Brisbane physician and his wife, his own executive assistant Gordon Gibson, and RCMP Inspector John Gongos. The cruise, on a 79-foot chartered yacht, was carefully planned by Mr. Gorton so he and Mr. Trudeau could have long, relaxed discussions while, at the same time, giving his host an opportunity to engage in one of his favorite sports. They will still have an opportunity to talk when they meet here Sunday, and will get together at various functions until Wednesday when Mr. Trudeau moves on to Kuala Lumpur, to continue his 19-day Pacific tour. Press Curious The Australian government had emphasized the working aspect of the cruise, an emphasis that raised few arguments on the Canadian side. Mr. Trudeau is known to be anxious to avoid any unnecessary social activities on this trip, since he has confronted a press that is highly curious about his alleged reputation as a "swinger." But, try as he might, the image keeps haunting him. He was only out of Ottawa one day when a Honolulu girl reporter took some licence with a Trudeau quote to suggest that he asked her for a date. She had a front-page frolic with details of her refusal. And when he arrived Wellington, N.S., another girl reporter expressed some editorial disappointment that she didn't receive the same proposition. The Wellington reporter listening to Mr. Trudeau over a public-address system, didn't even come within shouting distance of the prime minister. Then when Mr. Trudeau went to a high school rugby game at a Christchurch private school, the most male of institutions, 14 uninvited beauty contestants simply walked into the receiving line. The startled headmaster tried to steer the prime minister away from the intruders. "Do you know these girls," asked the prime minister. "Oh no" was the stiff reply. "Come, I'll introduce you," said Mr. Trudeau. Headmaster Balk The headmaster didn't accept the invitation but he was clearly the innocent victim of the cheek-kissing which followed. One by one the girls leaned over and kissed Mr. Trudeau, while their sponsoring photographer had a field day. "The government has broken all traditions to allow this happy confrontation for the playboy prime minister," says the Sydney Daily Mirror. For an Australian government reception Tuesday, the government has said that all parliamentarians can bring their daughters, providing they are over 18 and single. "Members' sons more than 18 may attend too/1 adds the newspaper, "but few are likely to do so." Irish Army Legend Casts Long Shadow By JAMES F. KING LONDON