STEPHEN SMITH: Well thanks very much for coming.
As you know, I've been on leave over the Christmas New Year break. I returned from leave yesterday, and I wanted today to make some remarks about a number of issues that have been current over the Christmas New Year period.
Of course, as you'd be aware, the Acting Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has been acting Foreign Minister, and can I thank her for that.
Can I start with Gaza.