Gillard continues Western Sydney push

AAP, with a staff reporter

Prime Minister Julia Gillard continues her five-day swing through western Sydney after a rousing reception by the Labor party faithful in Parramatta.

Ms Gillard is expected to make a number of announcements that may benefit the region in her five-day western stopover and will open the week with live breakfast TV appearances from Rooty Hill RSL club.

She received standing ovations from around 1000 people at the University of Western Sydney over the weekend as she outlined her Labor vision and promised that the people of the west would not be left behind in the delivery of government programs.

Earlier in the day she announced a national anti-gang task force to boost cooperation between federal and state police in targeting gang-related gun violence and drug trafficking.

She said being from the west does not mean someone was second rate.

"I want to make sure that areas like Sydney's west - and the people who live and work here - get a fairer share of what you create," she said.

"You deserve it because of your work and your endeavour."

Western Sydney has the third biggest economy in Australia and a population of more than two million people.

Her stay is widely seen as a bid to shore up Labor support in the area when opinion polls signal a hammering for the party in Sydney's western suburbs at the next election.

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