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    Gillard Doesn't Want a 'Big Australia'

    In a further sign of how different her style of leadership with be to her predecessor, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced she is not interested in a "big Australia".

    Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was in favour of population growth, with his government predicting the population to hit around 35 million by 2050, largely through immigration.

    But Ms Gillard has indicated she will be putting the brakes on immigration in order to develop a more sustainable nation.

    "Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population," she told Fairfax.

    "I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia.
    "I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain."

    But Ms Gillard says that does not mean putting a stop to immigration all together.

    "I don't want business to be held back because they couldn't find the right workers," she said.

    "That's why skilled migration is so important. But also I don't want areas of Australia with 25 per cent youth unemployment because there are no jobs," she said.

    A new Galaxy poll published today shows voters believe Ms Gillard will give Labor a better chance of winning the Federal Election than Mr Rudd, although they do not support the way she came to power.

    Voters who were polled still believe Mr Rudd should be given a job on the frontbench.

    The poll puts Labor in an election-winning position, jumping ahead of the Coalition by two percentage points on a two-party preferred basis, leading 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

    A Herald/Nielson poll released yesterday showed Labor's primary vote climbing to 47 per cent, while support for the Coalition fell 1 point to 42 per cent.

    However Opposition Leader Tony Abbott earlier dismissed the figures and said he was not worried.

    "Right now the new Prime Minister is enjoying a predictable bounce in the polls that was to be expected the Government has tried to fix the headlines," he said.

    "But they can't fix the problems and the headlines won't stay fixed unless they fix the problem."

    The latest poll has indicated that most of all voters just want the Government to get on with the job of running the country and are urging Ms Gillard to fix the mining tax debacle, stop wasting money and sort out the health system.

    Voters insist Ms Gillard must move quickly to settle the mining tax issue, with 30 per cent of poll respondents saying it should be her first priority and 24 per cent saying she should fast-track health and hospital reforms.

    Her third priority should be to get the Budget back into the black, they say.

    Only 11 per cent of the 800 voters polled believe Ms Gillard should revive the emissions trading scheme to tackle climate change and 13 per cent feel she should get tougher on asylum seekers.

    Labor's primary support has locked in at four points higher than after the Budget, on 41 per cent, but the Coalition has dropped only one point to 42 per cent and that loss has been at the expense of the minor partner, the National Party.

    - ABCAAP

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...section=justin
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    GILLARD: COMMUNIST..

    She is Not to be Trusted..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Untersberger View Post
    GILLARD: COMMUNIST..

    She is Not to be Trusted..
    Yes, but she's also a politician. I think we'll see the rhetoric shift more and more to the right in a mad dash to catch up to the sentiments of the Australian people before the election.

    Prior to instigating this coup, the power-brokers would have made sure that Gillard and her backers opportunism would trump their Communist leanings.

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    From what i'm told it was the "Right wing faction" of Labour that got her into the top job......not the left even tho she has a very large leftist streak
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    Quote Originally Posted by theTasmanian View Post
    From what i'm told it was the "Right wing faction" of Labour that got her into the top job......
    ...and Rudd's only supporters came from the Left faction that he had always been at odds with.

    It seems that Ms Gillard has 'sold out'. It will be interesting to see what some of the insiders have to say about her after they lose the election.

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    Isn't it just bizarre how many of the mainstream media outlets are already stating that she has already turned OZ around.........saving Australia is just 1/2 a week !!!
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    Gingers have no souls! I read it on a cereal packet so it must be true! The Red Scourge has arisen! Doooooooom!!!

    I just hope Abbot gets in. At least he is of right wing thoughts.

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    It is good news that she does not want the 'Big Australia' madness! Although I am still unsure about her, even though I love gingers.

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    It is pure naďveté to believe any path will be taken that Rudd would not have taken. Pawns all of them.
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