This is the full text and audio of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech at the National Press Club which included announcement of a federal election on September 14.
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Text of Julia Gillard’s speech to the National Press Club.
New years bring new reflections and new work to do.
So it is as we get down to business in 2013.
Today, I intend to do three things:
To take stock of our nation’s position;To outline the action needed to shape our future;To detail a plan for this year.
First, let’s take stock.
Action begins with the evidence. So let’s take a warts-and-all look at who we are today and the opportunities and risks which confront us.
We are a nation of 23 million people, whose median age is 37, an average which continues to rise.
Around four in five men and women will have children, and the average age of a mother when her first child is born is now 29 years.
We share the world’s twelfth-largest economy, up from the fifteenth-largest under this Government, and the median wealth of Australians is among the highest in the world, ahead of nations like Japan, Italy, Belgium and the UK by a considerable margin. [Read more...]