Prime Minister Julia Gillard concluded her visit to western Sydney with a speech at a Women in the West event at University of Western Sydney, Parramatta from 5pm yesterday.
Watch our video of her visit, including part of the interview she gave to the local media yesterday afternoon, filmed by Carlos Furtado, below:
Read part of the transcript of Ms Gillard's speech below:
"Fortunately right around the nation I find those citizens of goodwill and I’ve certainly found them in large numbers here in Sydney’s west during the course of the last week.
"From the people I’ve met who are spending their lives creating opportunity for Australians with disability and who are anxiously awaiting the start of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, to the teachers and principals I’ve met who are transforming lives of the young people in their care.
"To the New South Wales Young Australian of the Year, Corey Payne, and the work he is doing to inspire others to live a life of opportunity.
"To the people I’ve met at suburban libraries, in small businesses, just walking down the street, all of whom have a story about how they are trying to enrich this community, their community in their place.
"So it has been a great week, and no better way to end it than right here celebrating some women of achievement. So it’s a delight to join you.
"We gather in this building, and this building I think too is a tremendously significant place. I’m glad we were able to help with that renovation, which is still going on."