Donald Trump Jr’s controversial Australian tour has been delayed again until the end of the year, with organising claiming “scheduling conflicts” were to blame.
The firebrand son of former US president Donald Trump was due to host talks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this month as part of his contentious live tour.
It had already been delayed from July following a visa stoush.
In an email seen by NCA NewsWire, the tour’s organisers Turning Point Australia said Mr Trump Jr had been forced to postpone the week’s events due to “last-minute scheduling conflicts”.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” the email states.
New tour dates in Sydney (December 10), the Gold Coast (December 11) and Melbourne (December 13) have since been organised.
“Your existing tickets will be automatically valid for the rescheduled event, so there’s no need to do anything if you wish to attend on the new date,” the email states.
Billed as a “landmark” Australian tour for the son of the twice-impeached 45th US president, Mr Trump Jr is lauded as “fearlessly outspoken” who has “captured the imagination of conservatives from around the world.”
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Liberal senator Alex Antic are listed as special guests on the speaking tour.
General tickets to the event – which had been the subject of public outcry and a petition to stop Mr Trump Jr from getting a visa – are priced from $59 for students or concession holders to $89 for general admission.
A private dinner event – with a whopping $2500 price tag – includes a pre-show dinner with Mr Trump Jr, champagne reception and front-row seating.
In their email, Turning Point Australia also apologised for the delay in processing requested refunds.
“Refunds are being manually processed by the promoter alone, which has proven to be a time-consuming task,” their email states.
“Rest assured that we are working to expedite this process. We understand the frustration this may cause.”
They conclude with: “We want to assure you that this event will be well worth the wait. Don Jr is excited to come to Australia, and Turning Point is committed to delivering an unforgettable experience when the event takes place in December.”
Mr Trump Jr claimed a visa delay from the federal government was the reason for July’s planned tour being cancelled.
But Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil refuted this, stating Mr Trump Jr was given a visa “like everyone else” and had tried to blame the government for his “poor ticket sales”.
In a series of now-deleted tweets she called Mr Trump Jr a “sore loser” and a “big baby who isn’t very popular”.