Leaders agree: we're not leaving Afghanistan yet
Australian Leaders' opening remarks on Afghanistan
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Australia will remain involved in efforts to restore peace and stability to war-torn Afghanistan for much of this decade.
Ms Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have opened the first ever Parliamentary debate on the war by reiterating their bipartisan support for the commitment as vital to combating the terrorist threat.
Ms Gillard was briefly heckled by onlookers in the public gallery as she delivered her speech, and warned there will still be many hard days ahead in the fight, but said Australia would not be leaving until the task of training Afghan troops was completed.
"Australia will not abandon Afghanistan, we must be very realistic about the future," she said.
"Transition will take some years, we will be engaged through this decade at least.
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