Australian Opposition leader wants more diversity in politics

13:19, August 20, 2010      

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Just one day before the voting day, Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott pledged here on Friday to see more women and more ethnic diversity in the parliament.

"I would like to see more women in the parliament, I would like to see more women in the senior ranks of both political parties," he told reporters in Sydney during his hectic campaign which ends later in the day.

"I'd like to see more ethnic diversity in our parliament," he added.

Abbott also set a coalition government the target of limiting unauthorized boat arrivals to three a year, saying he deserves to be "very harshly judged" if it fails.

He said on average three boats a year had arrived under previous coalition governments between 2002 and 2007, and he was aiming for the same result.

"If I can achieve three boats a year ... I think the Australian public would have every reason to be grateful to the new government," he stressed.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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