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Transcript 17663

Statement on Egypt

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Gillard, Julia

Period of Service: 24/06/2010 to 27/06/2013

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Release Date: 12/02/2011

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 17663

This is a remarkable day for the people of Egypt.

In their millions, Egyptians have called for change - for an open, democratic society that offers greater opportunity for its people.

Through their courage and determination to have their voices heard, Egyptians have made an important step toward that goal.

All Australians will have been moved by the joy we saw last night in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

But the path ahead for Egypt is unclear and many challenges remain.

Together with many other concerned nations, Australia calls for fundamental reform that will ensure the opportunity and freedoms that ordinary Egyptians have been calling for.

Australia calls for constitutional reform and a clear timetable towards free and fair elections and a representative civilian government that will govern for all Egyptians.

This change must come without violence or intimidation against those who have been peacefully demanding reform.

Australia stands ready to help in this transition in any way we can.

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