REUTERS: Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has hit back at critics, such as former Treasurer, Peter Costello, who have said that he will not be able to get by for long on political cliches.
"On this issue, I will be putting my shoulder to the wheel," Mr Rudd said. "If we all get cracking on this we can turn the corner. We must seize the day and get our house in order."
Full transcripts of Mr Rudd's reply available here.