Australian PM outlines priorities to tackle

16:50, September 19, 2010      

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Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard sworn in as Australia's prime minister at Government House in Canberra,Australia, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Saturday night gave a broad outline of the things she would like to do in her first full term as Prime Minister, local media reported on Sunday.

Gillard was in the New South Wales town of Bathurst to deliver the annual Light on the Hill address to honor former prime minister Ben Chifley. It was her first major speech since the federal election, and she used it to urge the new Parliament to take on great nation building projects in the same way Chifley did after World War II.

Things Gillard would like to do in her first full term as Prime Minister, will include a price on carbon, better health and education services and to get on with building the National Broadband Network.

"We will build on Australia's strengths to deliver opportunities and benefits to all Australians," Gillard told ABC Network on Saturday night.

"We need to make the historic transition to a low carbon economy, breaking the nexus between growth and increased carbon emissions. That means acknowledging the reality of global warming and putting a price on carbon - priorities for the new Parliament. "

She has urged politicians from all sides to roll their sleeves up and help.

"With restraint and civility we can put aside the empty rancor of partisanship and seek to work together," she said.

"We can strengthen opportunity for all Australians and build an enduring legacy for future generations. That is how we will honor Ben Chifley and keep the Light on the Hill burning bright," said the prime minister.

Source: Xinhua


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