Australia PM unwell, pulls out of New York speech

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Posted: Sep 24, 2012 1:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pulled out of a speech to business people in New York ahead of the gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly due to ill health.

Australia's mission to the U.N. released a statement Monday, minutes ahead of Gillard's scheduled address. Foreign Minister Bob Carr took her place.

The statement gave no details of Gillard's illness. It said further information on Gillard's schedule will be provided "in due course."

Gillard was due to speak at the event organized by the Asia Society and the Economic Club of New York, ahead of the U.N. annual gathering of global leaders that formally opens Tuesday.

Gillard is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Thursday.