Gillard calls for action plans at G20

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will push for countries under economic pressure to commit to action plans on jobs and growth during G20 meetings in Mexico this week.

Ms Gillard said Australia had a deep interest in what happened in Europe, due to its role as an export destination for Australia.

"So here at the G20 I will be urging my European counterparts to take decisive action on the issues in Europe and the eurozone," she said.

Ms Gillard said she would be advocating for country-specific plans for job and growth creation, to resist protectionism and would seek an agreement to help international trade flow more freely.

"Fiscal consolidation alone is not enough. Ultimately, the answer to this economic crisis is growth," she said.

"It is growth that enables you to see jobs and investment; it is growth that enables you to realise your fiscal plan and to put your budget on a sustainable footing."



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