Australian PM Julia Gillard Addresses US Congres

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the United States Congress this week. This is Ms Gillard's first trip to the United States since becoming Prime Minister last year.

During her speech, the Prime Minister hailed the bond between the two nations, and reminded the US they have an ally down under.

Our Australian correspondent, Caden Pearson, files this report.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was the fourth Australian Prime Minster in history to address the US Congress.

In Washington this week for talks with United States leaders, the Australian Prime Minister reaffirmed the strength of the bond between the two nations, telling Congress, "You have have a true friend down under."

Ms Gillard received a standing ovation during her speech. She was visibly moved as she highlighted the shared defense history between Australia and the United States.

[Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister]:
"As I stand before you, in this, this cradle of democracy, I see a nation that changed the world, a nation that has known remarkable days. I firmly believe that you are the same people, who amazed me, when I was a small girl, by landing on the Moon. On that great day, I believed Americans could do anything. I believe that still. You can do anything. Thank you."

Ms Gillard's speech marked the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, the military treaty which binds Australia and the United States together in defense.

Caden Pearson, NTD News, Australia.