Twitter Updates

  • Heads of state are above the fray – http://twurl.nl/kqxl6i – a couple of dubious claims but otherwise a balanced piece from Gerard Henderson #
  • @RicRaftis Try daylight saving time and get popping… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • You’d miss your state government – http://twurl.nl/hhp63n – Geoff Gallop, former WA Premier, defends the federal system. #
  • Nats wanting to abolish states, ALP defending them… the world is turned upside down. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the coalition will vote to defer the emission trading legislation until after Copenhagen later this year #
  • Turnbull to move for referral of emissions trading scheme to Productivity Commission. #
  • Paul Bongiorno asks Turnbull if a vote to defer legislation amounts to a defeat of the legislation. Turnbull says Rudd timing is artificial. #
  • Turnbull claiming he’s not rejecting the emissions legislation but wants delayed timetable. #
  • Turnbull says Libs will vote the legislation down if he can’t get his deferral amendments passed in the Senate. #
  • Turnbull arguing that deferral of emissions legislation is needed because of impending US legislation offering protection to US industry. #
  • Turnbull asked whether he’s prepared to risk a double dissolution by deferring emissions legislation… it’s up to Rudd he says… #
  • Turnbull arguing that American moves this year are the key to passage of Aust legislation. #
  • Grattan asks Turnbull if he is confident of persuading Sen. Xenophon to support a move to defer… #
  • Turnbull bats away question of supporting nuclear power….! #
  • Warren Truss, Nats leader, asked about his description of ETS as a “rabid dog that needs to be put down”… #
  • Truss claims ETS is a job destroyer, job exporter, but says Nats will support an international agreement. #
  • Truss asked if there is an ETS is any form that the Nats would support… he says Rudd scheme is harshest of any national scheme… #
  • Journalist suggests to Truss that chances of Copenhagen agreement is zero… Truss claims willingness to wait and see… #
  • Journalist quizzes Turnbull over possible conflict with Truss – is it dependant on US legislation or Copenhagen? #
  • Truss says he wants the US legislation and an international agreement… #
  • Turnbull says ETS legislation is changing every day as Rudd govt negotiates with interest groups… an absurdity to pass it this year. #
  • Turnbull says US ETS arrangements will be the benchmark, says we don’t want the equivalent of a VHS/Betamax debate over competing schemes. #
  • Turnbull says Rudd govt hasn’t got much right and that’s why the ETS should be delayed until next year. #
  • Grattan asks Turnbull about previous statements about “not waiting for the world” on carbon emissions… won’t there be more excuses later? #
  • Meanwhile in NSW…..: RT @premierofnsw: Addressing the 93rd State Congress of the RSL in Rooty Hill. #
  • At his press conference, Turnbull pushing hard on delaying ETS for remainder of this year…repeats claims of not pandering to Rudd’s vanity #
  • Turnbull: why are we rushing legislation on ETS in advance of Copenhagen? It’s all Rudd vanity… #
  • Truss: We will not vote for anything that looks like, smells like, barks like, Rudd’s job-destroying scheme…. #
  • Journalists quizzing Truss on whether Nationals MPs are united on this position…repeats support for international agreement. #
  • Listen to the audio of Malcolm Turnbull/Warren Truss press conference on Emissions Trading Scheme – http://twurl.nl/vdvnl2 #
  • @derekbarry Hehehe…. I in reply to derekbarry #
  • @derekbarry I’ll bet you everything I’ve got that Warren Truss will never be a minister again, let alone Deputy PM..! in reply to derekbarry #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Coalition says it will endorse carbon reduction targets of up to 25pc by 2020. But opposing Govts plan for getting there. #
  • @annabelcrabb Well, you can’t go pandering to Rudd’s vanity on these things… in reply to annabelcrabb #
  • @RicRaftis Um, I missed something here… real policy, 2 seconds… please explain? in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Oh dear… – http://twurl.nl/wwjq60 – where is Alastair Campbell’s “we don’t do God” policy when we need it? #
  • For those not familiar with the Alastair Campbell reference: http://twurl.nl/viwic7 #
  • RT @australian: Coalition confirms plan to delay ETS – offers bipartisan support for the carbon emissions target – http://tinyurl.com/otklrb #
  • So many cameras, so few manners – http://twurl.nl/2moshd – here, here! #
  • Former PM John Curtin’s daughter, Elsie MacLeod, has died, aged 91 – http://twurl.nl/nuyvcd #
  • @danupoyner Stop it, I’m quivering with nostalgic excitement at the thought of an assignment on redistribution policy…. in reply to danupoyner #
  • @danupoyner Only tangentially related (if at all!) but you might enjoy “The Frauding of Votes” by Amy McGrath. in reply to danupoyner #
  • The audiologist says my hearing is normal – must be about the only thing that is… but my mother has lost about 50%. #
  • @tristankent Eh?? in reply to tristankent #
  • @kissability It’s something to aspire to – then you only have to listen to half the crap in daily life (and on Twitter?) in reply to kissability #
  • Just found Moir’s magnificent effort today – http://twurl.nl/jgfyz3 – prescient in light of today’s announcement – http://twurl.nl/hugfs5 #
  • What a very nice plumber. Leaking toilet fixed, new washers on shower taps, intelligent conversation, and a new recruit to Twitter. #
  • And a return follow from @KateEllisMP which is more than I’ve got from those other two bastards, @KevinRuddPM and @TurnbullMalcolm. #
  • @a_web_designer They do go home at night… this one uses Facebook and was very interested in Twitter. in reply to a_web_designer #
  • @ninaspringle Now if I’d said that, I would be compared to the Cronulla FC…. in reply to ninaspringle #
  • @markparton It’s not commonsense – he’s just holding off the Lib climate change sceptics & the Nats and looking for any excuse to delay. in reply to markparton #
  • @markparton You’re an intelligent Canberran… you should know better! in reply to markparton #
  • The 14th of February, 1966: http://twurl.nl/ejqe7m #
  • Asylum is still a numbers game – http://twurl.nl/12zz2v – Barry Cohen on compassion and the refugee intake. #
  • @mr_billiam Chk chk word… in reply to mr_billiam #
  • @RicRaftis They said radio would kill films, they said TV would kill radio, they said cable TV would kill TV… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • @lyndons @geehall1 I’ve not been able to watch Question Time live this week but I will start competing with her in due course. in reply to lyndons #
  • @rmolden Tonight I told my plumber about our discussion last night. He wanted to know what brand of whisky you meant. #
  • @RicRaftis The argument about newspapers needing a new business model is obviously right. Who knows where this might take them. in reply to RicRaftis #
  • @RicRaftis I thought they were “illegals” and “queue jumpers”? in reply to RicRaftis #
  • @RicRaftis Have you been watching commercial television again? in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Just got an email from the Australian Democrats. No names shown. They need cash. Donations to $1500 tax deductible. Cue derisive laughter. #
  • @lyndons Surely there’s a Telstra wi-fi hot spot over there somewhere… Have a good time. How can NSW education cope with this absence? in reply to lyndons #
  • RT @612brisbane: Tomorrow 6.40am – Toilets in Brisbane shopping centres being advertised on a site listing places to meet strangers for sex. #
  • @612brisbane I am a stranger to sex at 6.40am… in reply to 612brisbane #
  • RT @BreakingNews: NBC News reports that President Obama will announce his nomination for Supreme Court justice at 12.15am AUST EST #
  • Most frequently suggested nominess for US Supreme Court vacancy: Sonia Sotomayor, Diana Wood, Elena Kagan, Kathleen Sullivan, Kim Wardlaw #
  • Other possible US Supreme Court nominees: Janet Napolitano (Sec.H’land Sec), Kathleen Sebelius (Gov.Kansas) and Jennifer Granholm (Mich.Gov) #
  • @poptrashmusic I’d like to see Jennifer Granholm because I think the court needs a practising politician, but others more likely than her. in reply to poptrashmusic #
  • @poptrashmusic Sotomayor, Wood, Kagan and Napolitano are believed to be the final 4. in reply to poptrashmusic #
  • @poptrashmusic And someone who can stitch coalitions of support together as in the Warren court, former Gov of California. in reply to poptrashmusic #
  • I’m trying to tweet whilst listening to AM Agenda – Pyne & McKew talking over each other. Ashleigh Gillon moderating is hopeless. #
  • @poptrashmusic The one thing that seems to be certain is that the nominee will be female. I’ll guess Diane Wood. in reply to poptrashmusic #
  • With Obama’s nomination due in 90 minutes – http://twurl.nl/vfoydw – More Than One Way to Diversify the US Supreme Court. #
  • Obama Picks Sotomayor For Supreme Court – http://twurl.nl/l08b0c – RT @channelone @poptrashmusic #
  • RT @cspan: AP reports Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be named to succeed Souter on Supreme Court. #
  • Sotomayor will be the third woman appointed to the Supreme Court, joining Ginsburg. She will be the 111th Justice since 1789. #
  • Sonia Sotomayor will also be the first Hispanic nominee for the US Supreme Court. She is currently a federal appeals court judge. #
  • Sotomayor is 54 years old. Once confirmed she has a lifetime appointment and could be expected to serve for 20-30 years. #
  • See the right-wingers fulminating: @KarlRove is already out there on FOX labelling Sotomayor as “unpleasant”, “outspoken”, etc. #
  • Sonia Sotomayor has already had her Wikipedia page updated – http://is.gd/ERtu – RT @rockhate #
  • @mr_billiam The Sotomayor entry is a pretty poor one. in reply to mr_billiam #
  • President Obama is announcing his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. #
  • Obama: I do not take this lightly. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor has worked at every level of our legal system… invaluable experience. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor was first nominated as a judge by the 1st President Bush and to the appeals court by President Clinton. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor will be the only justice on the Supreme Court with experience as a trial judge. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor saved baseball with her decision in the baseball strike case. #
  • Obama is flanked by Vice-President Biden and Sotomayor as he lauds Sotomayor’s credentials. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor born in the Bronx; parents came from Puerto Rico; her parents had a willingness to work hard. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor has faced down odds and lived out the American dream but has never forgotten where she began. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor has the wisdom acquired from an inspiring life story. #
  • Obama: Sotomayor diagnosed with diabetes at age 8. #
  • Obama: “Equal justice under the law” will take another step forward when Sotomayor is appointed. #
  • Sotomayor: I was just counselled not to be nervous… thank you Mr President… I am deeply moved… #
  • Sotomayor: My heart today is bursting with gratitude… #
  • Sotomayor acknowledges family members: I stand on the shoulders of many extraordinary people. #
  • Sotomayor pays tribute to her mother: she has devoted her life to my brother and me. I am all I am because of her. I am half the woman. #
  • Sotomayor: I chose to be a lawyer because I find endless challenge in the complexity of law. I believe in the rule of law. #
  • Sotomayor: Although I grew up in challenging circumstances, I regard to my life as very rich. #
  • Sotomayor: My experience has helped me understand, respect and respond me to the concerns of all litigants who appear before me. #
  • Sotomayor: I am aware of the real world effects of my decisions on those who appear before me. #
  • Sotomayor: Mr. President, I greatly appreciate this honour and look forward the confirmation process. #
  • Sotomayor: I am an ordinary person blessed with extraordinary opportunities. #
  • The announcement of Judge Sotomayor’s nomination to the US Supreme Court is now over: Obama, Biden & Sotomayor depart the podium. #