Friday, March 11th, 2011 - Australian Democrats
When visiting the US it is traditional for Australia's Prime Minister to highlight the strength of the alliance in an outpouring of mutual respect and admiration.

"It’s okay to consolidate the friendship," said Australian Democrats Victorian President, Roger Howe. "But Julia Gillard should also emphasise Australia's position on social policy and human rights.

"That means discussing crucial issues such as the death penalty, gun control, torture and universal health care.

"The US, which uses its alliance with progressive countries to claim the high moral ground, must be reminded that its friends don't always agree with it. After all, your trusted friends are the ones you should be listening to most closely.

"American values and policies are not exactly Australian," said Mr Howe. "On this trip we urge the PM to replace the usual sycophantic platitudes with some honest communication."

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