PM Julia Gillard stands tough on Afghan war Prime Minister has warned against a rigid devotion to handing over blame for security in Afghanistan to its government by 2014, insisting the change must be tailored to the conditions on the ground. Writing a view piece for The Australian today, Ms Gillard seeks to recast outlook about the length and intensity of Australia's pledge to the war, ahead of a NATO summit on Afghanistan she will be there in Lisbon this weekend that will consider conditions for the evolution.

"It's important this (transition) procedure is not started until we are positive it will be irreversible," she writes. "We must not transition out only to transition back in.

"Australia will remain unavailable in Afghanistan for the next decade at least. So, too, must the international community."

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