Australian PM optimistic about 2011

10:34, January 01, 2011      

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is optimistic about 2011, saying Australians will do amazing things this year.

Gillard on Saturday said her overwhelming sense at the start of this new year is optimism, and that Australia is "a wonderful country, the greatest country on earth."

"We have much to look forward to," she said in her New Year message published on her website on Saturday, added that this year the nation can do great things together.

Australia could start 2011 confident in its future, as a fair and prosperous nation, she said.

"In our mines, in our factories, in our hospitals, in our schools and even on patrol outside Tarin Kowt (in Afghanistan), Australians will do amazing things this year," she said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister nominated a number of challenges facing the nation in 2011, which includes creating jobs in a strong economy, giving every child a great start in life at school, tackling climate change and persevering in Australia's mission in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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