The Herald has an extract from Julia Gillard’s speech. Absolutely hits the spot. What a shame the Greens bllocked her from actually addressing Parliament, and having these wonderful words recorded in Hansard:
“Our founders could not have imagined the extraordinary events that would bring our nations far closer than any words or any laws.
Not forged in meeting rooms by old men wearing suits.
But by young men in trenches wearing slouch hats and lemon squeezers.
That is why I say Australia has many alliances and friendships around the world.
Economic and defence partnerships of every kind.
But New Zealand alone is family.
When those 29 men never came home from the Pike River mine, we didn’t just mourn for the two Australians.
We mourned for them all. Family.
When Pike River exploded, New Zealand didn’t have to ask Australia to send help.
We just did.
And when natural disasters hit Australia this summer, New Zealand didn’t need to be asked to lend a hand.
You just did.
And our gratitude is boundless.”
A great speech.