Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his views on joining the 21st Century haven’t changed.
“I think it is inevitable that Australia will one day join the current century. But my views on this matter are well known. And as I’ve said many times before, it’s not something I’m entirely comfortable with, and it’s certainly not going to be something I lead”.
He said there was no need to rush. “Why charge into this unfamiliar era, when we can stay here in the comfort of the 1950s a little longer?”
A spokesperson for the Government said it was important not to make rash decisions. “We certainly wouldn’t want to just charge in and blindly follow what America does”.