The East Timor Solution

By DeusExMacintosh

Australia will hold a general election on 21 August, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced.

Ms Gillard – the country’s first female prime minister – said the snap poll would be “tough and close”.

The governing Labor Party elected her as leader three weeks ago after ousting her predecessor, Kevin Rudd.

The race between Labor and the conservative opposition Liberal Party is expected to focus on the economy, health, climate change and immigration.

“This election is about the choice as to whether we move Australia forward or go back,” Ms Gillard said in a televised speech in Canberra.

“Moving forward means moving forward with budget surpluses and a stronger economy.”

She said that it also “means moving forward with stronger protection of our borders and strong plan, a real plan, that takes away from people-smugglers and the products they sell”.

BBC News

(and yes, I hate the new Beeb site design too…)


  1. Posted July 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    ‘Forward’ to 2001. Yay for us.

  2. Catherine
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    How about this for a policy re asylum seekers?
    The Democratic Labor Party has a 2 for one policy!

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