The new Labor government in Australia has a couple of things going for it, from my point of view.
Firstly, there will be a new energy in the way the country is led, and this will pervade all aspects of government.
Very importantly, Kevin Rudd has said he will ratify Kyoto. This places Australia at the table of international action on the most important issue of our time.
Secondly, he has committed to increasing Australia's Foreign Aid to .5% as a step towards meeting our commitments to end global poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals.
So, I'm very glad for this outcome and I hope that the new Government lives up to the potential for good leadership that comes with a new beginning.