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(generated from captions) knows that the Labor

knows that the Labor way knows that the Labor way is the

Australian way. Our great

movement's shared

our grand party's historic mission combine as simply this:

govern for Australia is we are Labor for Australia. To

privilege for us. It is a

great responsibility as well.

We love this movement, its

traditions and ideals, but

traditions and ideals, but we

have always seen this is a

movement in service to movement in service to the

nation we love much more. We nation we love much more.

have always governed by putting responsibilities of Government the nation

are the responsibilities of

hard choice. Curtin knew that when he raised conscripts for

military service overseas. Chifley knew that in the industrial winter

industrial winter of 1949.

Whitlam knew it when he ended

the bitter debate overstate

aid. Hawke and Keating knew it

every day they governed and we

know it now. We showed this

decisions to bring this week as we made the hard

back into the black. We will

though it again this weekend as we make the

we make the hard decisions to prepare our nation for

future too. Delegates, in

these coming days, I want us to have a fair dinkum Labor Party

conference. We didn't join

Labor in our youth because we

had no opinions. We didn't

come here for a coronation or a

campaign launch. We came here

for debates. We came here for surprises. We came here to

surprises. We came here to

have votes. That's why I

called the review of our party

last year and why I ask three fine services of Labor, John

Faulkner, Steve Bracks and Bob

Carr, to serve our party once more, to bring forward

proposals to strengthen us, proposals to strengthen us, to

be a party of members, because I knew we needed change.

That's why I also stated very clearly in September how I

reform should begin. At this believe the next stage of

conference I believe we can go

further. We can set recruiting challenge. further. We can set a

recruiting challenge. 8,000 new members next year and I

want this conference to sign up want this conference to sign

to this target this weekend.

We can adopt a community

organising approach, backed with real resources, giving our with

Labor members and activists the

tools they need to organise and

fight for progress in their

communities. So as we grow, we

grow in connection, including trialling

trialling community

pre-selections, primaries in

some seats. Friends, we must

lead the new world campaigning online. We must have a serious digital presence through

through which Australians who

share our values can engage

with our ideas, a base

with our ideas, a base from which it can be organised. The proposal to build a much

stronger Labor online presence

is a vital proposal for the

future. We can move to modern

structures, recognising that

the old branches alone are not

the future, emra braszing new

forms of opportunities for supporters to become more

become more involved, allowing members to organise around

policy areas that reflect their

interests and ideas, and

offering new opportunities to participate in development through participate in policy

forums, which include development through genuine

parliamentary, union and

representatives. directly elected

representatives. Friends,

above all, we can create a

richer experience for members

of the Labor Party, an

opportunity for all

people to take part in the party's political life, more

opportunities to have a say and

a direct vote in important decisions, starting with a

decisions, starting with a

national President elected for

a three-year term. Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,

for now. Apologies again for

the break-up of the picture.

We'll cross to our political correspondent Melissa

who's in Canberra. who's in Canberra. Melissa,

some interesting things said by

the Prime Minister there.

what she believes She's obviously going through

what she believes will what she believes will be the

conference. Let's look at some conference. order of the weekend for this

of things she said about

rejuvenation in the Labor

Party. What kinds of things

Gillard has she called for? What Julia

Gillard is doing in this Gillard is doing in this speech

is reiterating her chal she

conference for the ideas she's made in the

prepared to back for Labor

target for ALP membership, Party renewal. Having a new

because the dropped drastically in recent because the membership has

years, she's now asking the

Labor Party to aim for a target

of 8,000 new members each year, which would be a significant

currently get in new step-up from what they

currently get in new arrivals. ideas of having a national She's also putting forward her

President serve a three-year term. At the moment they have term.


a President and two deputies each in the presidency, many see as a each in the presidency, which

many see as a problem because

you don't get the stability at

the leadership. So she's

pushing for change there.

She's also calling for online campaigning, something She's also calling for more

as a response to the likes of

social groups like GetUp, which

have used online campaigning

young really well and getting the

young people the Labor Party

used to get as members. She

wants to see the party more active in that way, as well as trialling

trialling US-style primaries,

parties are looking at. The

Nationals also trialled this in

preselections. Julia Gillard some areas when it comes to


is keen for the ALP to give it

a shot, at least in some limited way. Melissa Clark limited way. Melissa Clark in

Canberra, many thanks. We'll

now cross back to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, at the

ALP conference in Sydney. I

knew that in 2011 our Labor

knew that in 2011 our Labor Government would Government would have to persevere, showing the courage

of your conviction s does take

courage, but, delegates, I something else. I knew that in

2011 we would not be alone,

because I always knew that the

volunteers and the members, the

activists and the

all those who fight for Labor

in our time would prove more

than worthy of the Labor

generations who went before, with

with us in the hard days of with us in the hard days of the last election campaign, you

were with us in the hard days

of government this year too. Be Labor generations past have claimed great achievements as their their own. As 2011 ends, you

can be proud of what

can be proud of what you have

done, and together in 2012 done, and together in 2012 we

will do much more. will do much more. In 2012 we will cut taxes, lift family

payments and lift the pension.

In 2012 we will cut company

tax, lift super and build

infrastructure. In 2012 we will will create tens of thousands of jobs.

of jobs. Delegates, I believe Australians are confident. Australians are naturally

confident. We face the confident. We face the future

and we seek a chance to and we seek a chance to grow. I also understand that

Australians ask hard questions

about their own future too:

will the mining boom last, will

all our people get a fair share


of our mineral wealth, what will sustain our economy in the days beyond the boom, will we build on the great advances

that have helped our people

live longer, will our senior

generations have the choices to

work and to live a work and to live a full life as

they age, and will they have security of accommodation and

care when they need it? Will Australians with disabilities,

children, adults, seniors and

their carers, 2 million, be

able to live a full life, and

at the foundation of it all, will we remain economically

strong in the Asian century,

growing our wealth and

spreading fairness too? What is the future of

is the future of Australian

jobs? Delegates, I look

forward, certain that we will

answer these questions, because

we do know the future

Australian jobs. That future

is not jobs for their own not hard work without reward,

but jobs with skills, which will

will be in demand, jobs in industries which will grow

industries which will grow for

decades to come. The farmers

of tomorrow won't only farm the

wheat to feed us, they'll farm

carbon and trade the credits in

the world. The plumbers of

tomorrow will have the skills

we've always relied on and more

and more they'll apply them to transform efficiency of our factories efficiency of our factories and our homes, just as

our homes, just as the

panelbeaters who work in our

metals today will work in new

supply chains tomorrow for the global manufacturing that will flourish in this the Asian

century. And the caring

abilities of our nurses and

doctors will be applied in entirely new ways, offering

diagnosis and advice online and

from afar.

from afar. This is what

Working will really be like a high-tech, high-skilled,

clean-energy economy and these are just some of the future

jobs we can see already. We will create new jobs in our

whole economy, from tourism and

hospitality, to retail and

finance, construction finance, construction and

mining will change as well, and there

there are jobs coming which we

can hardly imagine today, entirely new entirely new occupations, created by tomorrow's entrepreneurs, using the new skills and new technologies

we're investing in now. These

are the jobs of the future for

which we govern and we govern

for them now. We are on track

to create over

to create over 300,000 jobs to create over 300,000 more

jobs during the next two years. We wouldn't swap places with

any economy in the world. It's

often said, but rarely is it

often said, but rarely is it

said, we did this not

but by choice. We governed by jobs,

jobs, by of governing for

growth, and we governed growth, and we governed for

growth by saying yes - yes to the skills, infrastructure, yes

to keeping the doors of to keeping the doors of trade

open and the reform road open and the reform road in

government every day. For government every day. For that

still have work to do. This is the key

the key to Labor's economic

approach. Labor says yes to

Australia's future. friends,

we say yes to trade training in

high schools, to extra

university places, to better

roads and ports and and respected in the and respected in the Asian

century. While we govern century. While we govern for

jobs through growth, we govern

for jobs for fairness -

fairness when we extend

opportunity to all, so everyone

has the chance to get ahead,

fairness too when we ensure no

Australian is left behind, when we

we govern for jobs, for growth, for fairness, that is when

Labor governs for all.

Delegates, Labor governed for

all. This is how we began as

men and women coming together

in trade unions, giving the

ordinary person power in the workplace he or she could never

have had alone, giving working

people security, to end want

for all who work. In the

second half of our existence we

aimed higher, aiming for a fair

distribution of opportunity in

a modern economy. Above all, that would give working-class kids a chance. That historic work is not

work is not yet done, but we must because we know just how much has changed in these long

years. We can already sense

just how much will change just how much will change in

the future. It is because we

have always looked have always looked with

confidence to the future that

we are confident to look to we are confident to look to the future now, confident to show our people the future we see

and seek. Australia is a

special country and we can do

something special here. We can

set a goal for which few peoples in the world can

realistic ly hope. Australia can be both prosperous

can be both prosperous and fair, sharing the wealth and

the benefits of hard work with

the benefits of hard work with

all, showing the world that a

prosperous nation can be a fair nation still, and silencing the

many voices who say it cannot

be done. There are still those

who say we must make a simple

choice between growing jobs and

being fair. Friends, choice we are Australians, because we

are Labor people, we know that

they are simply wrong. We have proved the world

wrong many times before today.

We are the people We are the people who share and stick together. We are the people who hold on to mateship

and the fair go. We know that

to have jobs, we must have

growth. We know that to have

fairness, we must have jobs.

So we grow and, as we do, we

spread the growth. We

jobs and we demand that every job be a job worth having. We

know ours is a people who work

hard, and we deeply believe all

deserve a share in the benefits of their hard work. friends,

this is the Labor way. This is

the Australian way. We follow it simply

it simply because we are us. This is This is Labor's historic task too, to be Australia's too, to be Australia's party,

to lead in the Australian way.

Our historic task - to forward a torch which forward a torch which first burned decades before we ever knew

knew the words "the light on

the hill". We always sought the hill". We always sought to govern and we always governed for

for all. We still do.

Delegates, Australia can do

this. We can do this when we

say yes - yes to jobs, to growth, to fairness. Labor

says yes to Australia's future. Thank you very much. That was

the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, giving the keynote

speech for the opening of the

ALP conference in darling

Harbour in Sydney, with a very

firm concentration there on

jobs and economic jobs and economic performance.

Let's cross to our political

correspondent Lyndal Curtis,

who's at the conference now. Lyndal, a very good morning to

you. There was a lot of you. There was a lot of talk

terms of a scene-setter, terms of a scene-setter, how

was that speech by was that speech by the Prime

Minister? Well, it was quite a

broad speech, talking about

jobs and the economy

the Prime Minister wants the Prime Minister wants to

focus on next year and encouraging people to take up the new opportunities in what she she called a high-skills,

high-tech, clean-energy economy

and talking about change and talking about change - for example, farmers won't just

farm wheat, but they'll also

credits as well. There was a broad speech of Labor al

values, about things she's

talked a lot about before, about economic growth about economic growth with fairness, about job opportunities, about, as the Government

Government has talked a lot

about in terms of the mining

tax, spreading the economic

opportunities and benefits of the

the mining boom across Australia. There were some pointed references in there when

when she talked about governing

for all Australians. She mentioned that's one of the reasons the Government had worked to deliver a budget surplus, although it's a

prospective budget surplus, a

very thin one at that. Interestingly, this morning Interestingly, this morning in the debate about the economy

the left is expected to move a

motion saying that the Government should not necessarily deliver a surplus if the economic circumstances

don't mean that that should be

delivered. That's been a lot

of talk from economists as well. She also had pointed

things to say about party

reform, about what she wants to

see on party reform, including

her challenge to sign up 8,000 new about community organising, backing backing that with real

resources. There's been some

talk about upping the talk about upping the spending and the education for Labor people organising, and talk about trialling primaries,

and she put a very high importance on having a better internet presence. Lyndal, we'll definitely come back we'll definitely come back to you shortly, but I believe Wayne Swan has just Wayne Swan has just started

speaking. Let's listen to speaking. Let's listen to some

of what he has to say right

now. She is someone who is motivated by the very best

Labor traditions, which is looking after those people who

work hard, who go to work day, work hard, who go to work every

day, come home, cook the tea,

help the kids do the homework,

get up in the morning, go to

work again, and ask for nothing

more than a fair go, a fair go

in the workplace, access to

affordable health, housing and

education, and respect for the

rights and as pirations of

every single Australian. She

has said today quite clearly that

is to create prosperity and

spread opportunity. That goes

to the very core of to the very core of this

platform, which is why platform, which is why I

describe it as the soul of our platform. Of course, we are opposed by political opponents who don't understand who don't understand the importance of fairness, who

think being more unfair is the

only way you can go about creating prosperity. fair society where we respect hard-working

hard-working Australians is the

way to create prosperity. If

we spread opportunity, if we

a more prosperous society and a

fairer society. Of course, our

political opponents have

demonstrated they don't

understand that. That's why they put in place

they put in place WorkChoices, it's why we abolished WorkChoices, because we

understand a key to a prosperous economy is respecting fairness workplace and ensuring that

every person, irrespective of where they

where they were born, irrespective of where they grew

up, has the opportunity to

achieve for themselves and for

their families, and we understand the

doing that through putting in place affordable health,

education, and other essential

social supports. So there will be

be plenty of time today for us

to debate the to debate the individual

policies, and I'm sure we policies, and I'm sure we will

do it with great vigour, but we should never forget when should never forget when we're debating this

this is why we are here, this is why we are here, it's

not necessarily about any individual policy, it's about the values we stand for and how

they are embodied in modern social

policy. Those policies of

course will change over time.

It's not necessarily what they did

did back in Watson's era, it's

not necessarily what we did not necessarily what we did in

the era of Hawke and Keating. We live in a changing world

which brings new which brings new challenges,

which means we have to which means we have to update

our platform. But when we update update that platform, we update it based on these

it based on these age-old values that we stand for, recognising that prosperity should be shared fairly,

recognising if we respect all

of our people, we can build a prosperous

prosperous future for prosperous future for all.

Those are the values in this chapter and I chapter and I certainly proudly second this very important

statement where we aspire to go,

go, not just as a Labor

together. Thank you. The Treasurer, Wayne Swan,

there. Thank you, delegates.

Delegates, for those of you

using mobile devices, you

should be able to log in and

see the amendments listed not

just for this debate but for

all of the debates throughout

this morning. For those of you

who don't have that examinesty

- We'll leave the conference

and cross back to Lyndal

Curtis, who is of course

Lyndal, we heard briefly from Wayne Swan, but earlier we were speaking about the Prime

Minister's address. She Minister's address. She made

reference earlier on to the

debate, but she didn't really

go into some of those meaty

subjects, I suppose, that the

public are waiting to hear about, the issue of gay marriage, uranium and of course changes to asylum seeker

policy. Did she do that on

purpose? I think so. She

doesn't, I guess, want to be

seen to impose her view this

early on in the conference. Of course her views on those

issues are well known and are

being debated hotly behind the

scenes, both yesterday as the factions met to have their meetings before the but even as the conference was

getting under way there are

people talking in the hall outside the conference, there

are a lot of conversations

going on about going on about same-sex

marriage. That won't come up until tomorrow morning. The debate this morning will be

mainly about the economy. debate

certainly it seems that those

who want a change in the party

platform to

marriage believe that to do so.

The exact wording of that

change is still up for debate,

those proposing the change are confident that the wording they

have, which is to have, which is to change the

Marriage Act, which will

survive, although that's not a

given. The real debate is

about the question of the

conscience vote, and that flows

from a change in the party platform, whether

platform, whether it came to a vote on the floor of the Parliament, Parliament, whether members

would adhere to the platform.

The Prime Minister doesn't want

to change the platform, but

it's an issue that is not worrying those oppose a change, who oppose

same-sex marriage in the same way

way that a conscience vote is.

The numbers for the conscience

vote are pretty close. Those

who don't want a conscience

vote say they're about even and

the question is what compromise

will be made to encourage

people over to the side of

voting for a conscience vote.

It may well be that

It may well be that that compromise - one of the issues

I heard this morning is to

allow people who get married

overseas, have same-sex marriages marriages overseas, allow those

mar ydges to be recognised in Australia. In terms of the

order of today, what big news can

can we expect from today's

proceedings? Well, the proceedings? Well, the focus,

as I said this morning, will about the economic debate.

This is important symbolism for

the Labor Party as well.

Already we've had the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, say that for the

public they don't want the focus to be all on same-sex

marriage, Labor has to be seen to be debating the bread to be debating the bread and butter issues of the economy as

well. We'll hear from the left

about the surplus. The left also also putting up motions to have a review of the mining tax

after 12 months, to look at whether it's doing enough to,

as you heard the Treasurer say,

spread the benefits and opportunity of the across the nation, and look across the nation, and look at whether it needs to be expanded

after that. There's also some

suggestion the left might suggestion the left might raise the prospect of a the prospect of a financial

transactions tax. So there are a

a lot of things that will come

up, and some of it is in

response to what was a pretty

bland conference in 2009, but

some people have been thinking

about issues they wanted to now. raise then, they'll raise them now. The Prime Minister has

promised a noisy conference.

As you heard in her speech, she

says people didn't come here

for a coronation or a campaign launch.

launch. She certainly sent the

m he issage she's not afraid of

a passionate debate, not a passionate debate, not afraid

of issues being raised. While

it may seem in the public Labor

might be having internal

debates and it might be

portrayed as splits, she wants

people to have a passionate

debate. Some people who didn't get the chance in 2009 are

looking for it now. We're looking forward to debate. Lyndal Curtis in Sydney, many thanks. Thanks,

Jane. In other big news this

morning, a NSW man found guilty

of killing his parents, Jeffrey

Gilham, will be released from jail after successfully applies

for a retrial. Gilham

for a retrial. Gilham was

found guilty of stabbing his

mother and father to death in

2008. He's always maintained

his brother, who was also killed

killed in the attack, was responsible for their parents'

death. The court of criminal appeal

appeal in Sydney has this morning released him on bail pending the retrial. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is

the NSW Central Coast today inspecting a

inspecting a small factory Gosford. Mr Abbott has again

used the opportunity to draw

attention to what the coalition sees are the shortcomings of

the Gillard Government. He

spoke to the media a short time

ago. Look, it's good to be

here at Gibbins Industries in

west Gosford. I want to thank

the Gibbins family and their

staff for staff for making me so welcome. This is a remarkable factory here

here in west Gosford. Who

would have thought that this small factory would be making

some 5% of all the world's

aerosol springs. We can do

this. We can compete on global markets because we have a highly creative, highly

adaptive work force, and we

have intelligence entrepreneurs always looking for new under the Gillard Government,

the opportunities for this kind

of innovation are getting less,

not more. We have not more. We have a government

which is making life more

difficult for struggling

Australian manufacturers with additional taxes and with

additional regulation. We've

got the Prime Minister who is addressing the Labor addressing the Labor Party conference as we speak actually

boasting about introducing a carbon tax, actually about fundamental breach of

faith with the Australian people, about a fundamental assault on the competitiveness

of Australian manufacturing industry, a fundamental assault

on Australians' cost of on Australians' cost of living and on Australians' job

security. She's at security. She's at the conference at the moment.

Unless the conference comes

with mean with meaningful

solutions to the problems of

Australian families, the cost of living pressures Australian families are under,

unless it comes up unless it comes up with

meaningful answers on border

protection, unless it finally addresses the problems of a

Labor Party controlled by the

faceless men, it will be

entirely pointless. Then of

course we've got the Finance

Minister admitting today, just

a couple of days after the Government reasserted its

claims that there will be a surplus,

surplus, the Finance Minister is admitting that it's going is admitting that it's never

going to be achieved. If there is no surplus, that means that

the national debt just goes up

and up and up. Every year we fail to get a means the Commonwealth debt mounts ever higher, and mounts ever higher, and that means a higher interest bill,

it means greater burdens on Australian families. It means higher taxes, it means higher

borrowing, it means higher interest rates and all of interest rates and all of this

is bad news for the forgotten

families of Australia I'm just going to ask Connie to say a few words about this great

local business. Then I'll take

some questions. Can I just add

my thanks to the Gibbins

family, to Greg, Matthew and

Scott and to the 50 or so staff who have made us very, who have made us very, very

welcome. As Tony said, welcome. As Tony said, a

little factory here, it's not

just the springs they're making, there are components made

made here for mattresses, for a whole whole range of different

things. This is a a

fourth-generation business that

will as a consequence of the

introduction of the carbon tax feel

feel the effect of

suppliers to Gibbins Industries

will certainly feel that on a

day-to-day basis. It's so

important on the Central Coast to have manufacturing like

Gibbins Industries and the

carbon tax and the consequences

that it will bring for that it will bring for this area will be heartfelt. Gillard was talking about

ensuring the future, don't you

see that as important for an industry like this You don't ensure Australia's economic future

future by loading up businesses with unnecessary costs. Along

as the carbon tax is in place Australian industries will never never be never be on a level playing