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Politicians today held their first party meetings since the poll, with Tony Abbott urging his team
to keep up the fight and Julia Gillard wanting her MPs to renew their sense of purpose.


TONY JONES, PRESENTER: First to Canberra where the Prime Minister has promised to review her
party's disappointing performance in the election campaign.

And Tony Abbott urged his team to keep up the fight.

Both leaders are working on their frontbench reshuffles, ahead of parliament's return in just over
a fortnight.

Hayden Cooper reports.

HAYDEN COOPER, REPORTER: His numbers are bolstered, hers are diminished. But as parliamentarians
return to the nation's capital the mood in one party room said it all.

Julia Gillard and the Labor caucus gave a rousing welcome for the new faces.

Down the hallway her opponents did the same.

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: The first Indigenous Member of the House of Representatives in the
National Party, Ken Whyle, well done Ken.

The youngest person ever to be elected to the Federal Parliament, the Member for Longman Wyatt Roy.

HAYDEN COOPER: The 20-year-old is one of more than 30 newcomers finding their way.

WYATT ROY: Welcome to Parliament, very exciting, it's my first too.

HAYDEN COOPER: His first party room meeting gave a chance for Tony Abbott to lift spirits at the
start of another term in Opposition.

TONY ABBOTT: This is is a great team. It's a band of brothers and sisters. We have not become a
government but we have made our country proud of the Liberal and the National parties.

I think we have done ourselves proud and we will do our country proud over the next three years.

HAYDEN COOPER: Julia Gillard told her team there'll be a serious review of the election result and
some party elders are opening up about what went wrong.

SIMON CREAN, EDUCATION MINISTER: I think that we failed to argue a consistent narrative about what
our policy settings were about.

HAYDEN COOPER: The Prime Minister also urged her team to renew its sense of purpose.

And as Kevin Rudd watched, one MP spoke up about the former leader's treatment.

Arguing caucus should have been more robust in addressing concerns before it cost him his job.

LAURIE FERGUSON, LABOR MP: I thought somebody there said that the party should have faced up to the
primary a lot earlier, that's my summary of what that contribution was.

That it should not have been allowed to get to the crisis point it did. It should have been
actioned by the party earlier in dealing with issue.

FEMALE REPORTER: And do you agree with that?

LAURIE FERGUSON: Yes, absolutely.

DARYL MELHAM, LABOR MP: I think we'd be very silly if we thought that they weren't traumatic events
and that people weren't effected a number of ways by them.

They were and I think the Australian electorate were as well. We've been given the trust for
another three years and we can't betray that trust and I think we need to learn from the past.

SIMON CREAN: I think it's a call to get back to what makes us strong and in that sense I think it's
a welcome call.

HAYDEN COOPER: Just how successful the party is in dealing with the trauma depends largely on which
job Kevin Rudd is now given.

He's expected to get the inside running for foreign affairs, if indeed he wants it.

There's a similar problem on other side as Malcolm Turnbull prepares for his return to the front
line and a role in the Abbott shadow cabinet.

While some are full of ideas...

DON RANDALL, LIBERAL MP: A lot of people are suggesting Malcolm's expertise in communications is
something that could be helpful.

HAYDEN COOPER: the member himself is communicating little.



FEMALE REPORTER: How are you going?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Nothing to report today.

FEMALE REPORTER: How did the meeting go?

MALCOLM TURNBULL: It was a very good meeting.

HAYDEN COOPER: As for who might make way...

FEMALE REPORTER: Would you consider voluntarily leaving the Liberal frontbrench to pave the way for
younger members?


FEMALE REPORTER: When will you start making some decisions on your frontbench?

TONY ABBOTT: Ah, in good time.

HAYDEN COOPER: Juggling generations, it's an age old dilemma.

Hayden Cooper, Lateline.