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Dolly's Australian Tour Bus Flap

SYDNEY, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A leading Australian politician acted to help country signer Dolly Parton's Australian tour from derailing after officials determined that her tour buses didn't pass muster for Aussie roads.

According to local media sources, the singer had been scheduled for a November tour in Australia but was threatening to pull out when Australian transportation officials refused to approve her tour buses, saying the vehicles were too large for roads in Australia.

The tour's promoter Matthew Lazarus-Hall contacted Australian Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, who managed to get the buses approved.

"This was a practical example of what happens when you have different sets of rules across eight states and territories," Albanese told the Courier-Mail. "Rules are there for a reason. But common sense tells you Dolly Parton touring here is good for her fans and the economy." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers