Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam began a two-day visit by Italy on an inauspicious note when his aircraft was diverted at the last moment.
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Background: Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam began a two-day visit by Italy on an inauspicious note when his aircraft was diverted at the last moment.
The Prime Minister and his party were scheduled to land at Rome's Ciampino Airport but it was closed by fog and the aircraft was diverted to Fiumicino about 20 miles (32 km) from the capital.
There was a small incident soon after Mr Whitlam's arrival when he apparently pushed an Australian television cameraman who was filming him.
Mr Whitlam was welcomed by his Italian counterpart Aldo Moro. After talks between the two leaders at the Villa Madama outside Rome Mr Whitlam told newsmen that he looked forward to joint Italian-Australian cooperation in the exploitation of his country's energy resources.
Informed sources said Mr Whitlam told the Italian Prime Minister that Australia is looking towards West Germany, Italy and Japan as its main partners in the development of Australia's uranium resources.
The two Prime Ministers also talked about the level of Italian emigration to Australia.
Signor Moro said he hoped that Italian emigration would soon be restored to the level it held prior to recent immigration cut-backs in Australia.