Latest Stories: Tropical Travelling with Tony
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott years ago made a commitment to visit a remote community for a week each year. In the past he has spent that time in the indigenous communities of Aurukun, Hopevale, East Arnhem Land, Coen and more. (Arguably he hasn't quite managed a week every year.)
However, this year he has just returned from 6 days touring in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area at the northern tip of Cape York in Queensland ... and 'fotostrada' members Tracey Nearmy and Brian Cassey were part of the 'press pack' that documented the PM's 'orchestrated' every move.
This essay of images - "Tropical Travelling with Tony" - compiled by Brian and Tracey - shows the other sides to Tony Abbott's visit - the background images, the pics that wouldn't/didn't make the press ... and the wonderful people and places that were impacted by the visit of Australia's leader. Plus the odd 'diffferent' pic of Tony himself. Members of the Canberra 'press pack' are also seen at work and play in Australia's northern tropics (including pics of the third 'still' photographer in the pack - Alex Ellinghausen from Fairfax - and the PM's new media image adviser Brad Hunter. (Tracey is also in trouble for including a couple of Brian too.)
This years 'tour' took in Thursday Island and Mer (Murray) Island in the Torres Strait and visits to the communities of Seisia, Bamaga, Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon at the tip of Cape York.
Images © Tracey Nearmy for AAP and Brian Cassey