February 23, 2017  

Oprah Winfrey's All-Inclusive Trip to Australia Angered Minister

September 17, 2010 (4:15 am) GMT
On the host's decision to treat fans with a trip to Sydney, West Australian counterpart, Liz Constable, says, '(I have) expressed my disgust with the way Tourism Australia has handled this situation.'
Oprah Winfrey

's decision to treat 300 fans with tickets for an all-inclusive trip to Australia has angered one of the country's top ministers - he's fuming the $2.7 million bill has landed on the tourism department. The TV titan delighted her audience members on Monday, September 13 by announcing they would be treated to a trip to Sydney in December to celebrate her 25th and final season of "".

The state of New South Wales and Australia's tourism department is paying the staggering $2.7 million bill for the jaunt, insisting the trip will lure a huge amount of visitors to their shores. Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson explains, "I think it's money well spent. This truly represents an amazing opportunity to showcase Australia, the warmth and hospitality of our people and the depth and breadth of everything our country has to offer visitors from around the world."

But his West Australian counterpart, Liz Constable, has reacted with fury at news of the massive bill, which she only found out about as it was announced earlier this week. She says, "I have spoken to the federal minister Martin Ferguson about this and expressed my disgust with the way Tourism Australia has handled this situation."

More Oprah Winfrey News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Hilary Duff Posts Steamy Throwback Pic With Beau Matthew Koma
  2. Lady GaGa Is Obsessed With Barbra Streisand
  3. 'Katrina: American Crime Story' Taps Matthew Broderick to Play Michael D. Brown
  4. Lauren Graham and Dylan McDermott to Lead FOX's New Comedy Pilots
  5. Kanye West to Launch Makeup for Men
  6. Emma Watson Shines Like a Princess at 'Beauty and the Beast' Premiere in London
  7. Listen to Zedd and Alessia Cara's New Single 'Stay'
  8. Oops! Gigi Hadid Stumbles During Moschino Show at Milan Fashion Week