18 Sep 2010

Promises may have to be broken, says Gillard

5:34 pm on 18 September 2010

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned that key promises she made during the recent election may be broken because of the "new environment" of a hung Parliament.

The ABC reports Ms Gillard as telling Fairfax newspapers that it is no longer "business as usual" for major reforms, including anything associated with climate change.

What she said before the election on climate change no longer applies, she says, because a committee of politicians and experts will now develop the policy.

"I'm recognising the political reality." Ms Gillard says. "We are in a new environment where in order for any action to happen in this Parliament, you need more consensus than the views and policies of the Government - and this committee is the way of recognising that."