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Deputy Prime Minister discusses community Cabinet meeting; private and State school resources sharing; computers in schools and trades training centres.



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Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion 21 January, 2008

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Radio Interview (6PR Perth)

Community Cabinet meeting, private and State school resources sharing, computers in schools, trades training centres

PRESENTER:

The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who’s out walking this morning we believe, on the Swan River. Good

morning to you.

JULIA GILLARD:

Good morning. I am out walking and I think we must have met before in an earlier life.

PRESENTER:

So what was it - the skinhead?

JULIA GILLARD:

Oh no, I really can’t go into that. But I did have braces.

PRESENTER:

That’s right. And those Millers shirts were just huge, weren’t they, in the late 60s early 70s?

JULIA GILLARD:

And I do remember the Lee jeans too. I’m sure you can still buy Lee jeans today.

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PRESENTER:

Oh, my word you can.

JULIA GILLARD:

They’re just not something you can wear in Parliament House, really.

PRESENTER:

It was Lee jeans versus Wrangler jeans.

JULIA GILLARD:

That’s true. And you could kind of define personality types by what people chose.

PRESENTER:

Yes you could.

PRESENTER:

Now are you the John Howard of the Labor Cabinet?

JULIA GILLARD:

[Laugh] I’m definitely not wearing a Wallabies tracksuit.

[Laugh]

PRESENTER:

What are you wearing?

JULIA GILLARD:

Well just, you know, just fairly sloppy gear. But it’s not a Wallabies tracksuit, I promise.

PRESENTER:

Do you walk everyday?

JULIA GILLARD:

Oh, look, I try to walk as often as I can. Obviously with this lifestyle you are pretty busy and you’re often

travelling. But it’s nice to get out and about, get a bit of fresh air.

PRESENTER:

Is that a crow in the background or one of your advisers?

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JULIA GILLARD:

[Laugh] No, I’m out and about by myself. So there are some birds in the background - I can’t confirm it’s a

crow, but it does sound a lot like a crow, doesn’t it?

PRESENTER:

OK, we’re going to hit you with this - this is from Mary, via our SMS 19 999 677: who is paying for this Labor

junket? Is this is junket, your visit to Perth?

JULIA GILLARD:

I certainly think it’s a great opportunity to talk to the community. What we did yesterday is we had the whole

Cabinet here. We also had the heads of our departments here and people could come and talk to us about

problems. Now, sometimes they’re big picture things - they think the government needs a whole new policy to

deal with something. And obviously that’s a matter for the government to think about and work through.

Sometimes they’re administrative things. They’ve had a problem, they’ve sent something in to a government

department, they haven’t had a reply, they’re wondering what’s happening. And that’s why it’s so important to

have the heads of departments to sort those sorts of things out.

PRESENTER:

But you can understand why people would say, well, you didn’t perform that well in Perth - in comparison

with how well you did in the rest of the country - so you’ve come here. And also the fact that you’re still on

your honeymoon as far as the government is concerned. There is this love-fest that continues with the leader.

Is there any possibility that once that honeymoon is over that these consultations with the community will

cease?

JULIA GILLARD:

We’re committed to doing these consultations and we’re going to do them throughout the next three years.

And we want to govern for all of the country which is why you’ve got to make sure you’re out and about

consulting around the country. I mean, people are going to have different views in different parts of the

country about what’s top of mind for them.

We made a commitment to start here in Perth. Obviously Perth, being at the centre of the resources boom, has

some special issues of its own. And it was tremendous to hear those voiced by the community yesterday.

PRESENTER:

Now you also said on the weekend that private schools should open their doors up to kids that don’t go to

private schools. Have you got any ideas on how that could work?

JULIA GILLARD:

What we talked about on the weekend was sharing facilities. Often State schools and private schools are

located very near to each other - sometimes they’re basically on the same big block and what is separating

them is a fence. We want to be talking to those schools about working together to share facilities because it

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might be that if they worked together they can get both the music rehearsal room that they’ve been dying to

get as well as the improved gymnasium. Whereas if they’re working separately, then it wouldn’t be possible for

them to, you know, get everything that they want. So I think it’s just a better way of using resources.

PRESENTER:

So if it’s a hot day and the kids are at the public school and they want to have a swim - they just you know,

bring their towel and just hop across to the private school, that type of thing?

JULIA GILLARD:

[Laugh] Well, I wouldn’t be advocating climbing the fence with your towel in hand and just turning up at the

private school. But I would be saying that if the principals of those two schools could have a conversation and

work out what’s the best way of sharing the facilities and meeting the needs of all of the children in those

schools, that’d be tremendous.

PRESENTER:

What about improving the facilities in public schools?

JULIA GILLARD:

Well we’ve got a big investment program for all schools. We’re going to spend $1 billion making sure that

students in years 9 to twelve have a computer that they can use. That is going to start rolling out very soon.

Schools in the greatest need will be able to apply as early as March and we’ve got $100 million to invest this

year.

We’re also going to invest in trade training centres in every secondary school in the country, so children can

have an experience of what it’s going to be like if they choose to be a tradesperson…

PRESENTER:

That’s good for skills.

JULIA GILLARD:

…and in Western Australia, where you’re so short of skilled labour, that’s (inaudible).

PRESENTER:

It’s good, to take us - our daughters keep saying to us, gee, when’s our computer coming?

PRESENTER:

That’s right, I’ll tell them Julia said next week.

JULIA GILLARD:

[Laugh]

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PRESENTER:

Just on a personal note, has your hair started to go grey yet?

JULIA GILLARD:

Ahhh, well, you know…

PRESENTER:

Millsy!

PRESENTER:

Not as a woman, but as a Deputy Prime Minister. It seems that when you elevate to power, the grey hair is a

natural thing that comes with the job.

JULIA GILLARD:

I’m sure that there’s some grey in there. But I can also give you this guarantee: I’ll be doing everything that

women do to disguise the grey hair.

PRESENTER:

Have you discovered any item that’s surprised you, since you’ve, you know, arrived in Parliament as the leader

of this country?

JULIA GILLARD:

I think the things that we talked to people about during the election campaign are the things that have been

really on the desk and at the forefront of what we’ve been doing. I mean, we spent a lot of time in the lead up…

PRESENTER:

No, no, no - not the political stuff. I mean like a secret stash of alcohol, or…

JULIA GILLARD:

Oh! [Laugh]

PRESENTER:

…is there any secret passages that you didn’t know about before or…? You must have been blown away by

some information that you didn’t know about before.

JULIA GILLARD:

Oh look, I don’t know if… I haven’t been exploring the Ministerial wing well enough, but I certainly haven’t

found a secret stash of alcohol! And I don’t think I’ve found any secret escape tunnels either. I’m going to go

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and have a look again now that you’ve raised it with me. Once we’re back in Parliament, I’ll be in every nook

and cranny, having a good look at what’s around.

PRESENTER:

Fantastic. Alright, there’s Jerome has sent an SMS to you personally. Tell Julia we let the neighbours use our

pool, even if then in the pool they do things that we wouldn’t allow our kids to do.

JULIA GILLARD:

[Laugh]

PRESENTER:

It’s like living in Russia in the sixties! That’s from Jerome.

JULIA GILLARD:

Well he’s a generous man [Laugh].

PRESENTER:

Alright, well you enjoy your walk. Enjoy the birds.

JULIA GILLARD:

Thank you very much.

PRESENTER:

And the Cabinet hopefully will be meeting safely today in Perth, which is great to see.

JULIA GILLARD:

Yes, we will be meeting here today.

PRESENTER:

Take care.

JULIA GILLARD:

Thank you.

PRESENTER:

Julia Gillard, the Deputy Prime Minister. Out and about walking in her floppy clothes.

ENDS

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For further information contact:

Kimberley Gardiner 0434 159 842

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