Twitter Updates

  • RT @annabelcrabb: Twitsard flies again! Blogging Question Time live at http://www.smh.com.au from 2pm. #
  • The uprising China would have us forget – http://twurl.nl/fcznbm – David Burchell on 20th anniversary of Tiananmen, “China’s Prague Spring” #
  • Follow Deakin and Menzies on the path to pragmatism – http://twurl.nl/rd8ns4 – in this Fusion centenary year, what should the Liberals do? #
  • Libs should dust off Ergas’s review – http://twurl.nl/542dgp – Glenn Milne with an interesting little tale about Turnbull, Nelson & Ergas. #
  • An accounting of the state of the economic stimulus measures in Australia: David Uren – http://twurl.nl/p4ow6f – but has the ammo run out? #
  • Westminster democracy on trial – http://twurl.nl/8tfx66 – Tim Soutphommasane on the need for ongoing renewal of the parliamentary system. #
  • Strike one for free trade but showdown looms – http://twurl.nl/fstmbw – Phillip Coorey on concerns about calls for protectionism. #
  • PM Kevin Rudd is making a ministerial statement in the House of Reps on relations with India. Condemns attacks on Indian students in Aust. #
  • #questiontime Turnbull responds to Rudd statement on relations with India. Says attacks should be condemned. #
  • #questiontime Turnbull says attacks on Indian students are “un-Australian” and “criminal”. These are “appalling crimes”. #
  • #questiontime Turnbull asks Rudd about statement by Tanner about how far any organisation can go into debt. What is limit is on Ruddcard? #
  • #questiontime Rudd: Debt strategy outlined clearly in Budget papers. #
  • #questiontime ALP Member for Petrie, Yvette D’Ath asks Rudd for update on economic situation. #
  • #questiontime Rudd: attacks Opposition for talking economy down. Says economy fell off a cliff last year when Lehman collapsed. “We acted.” #
  • #questiontime Rudd: stimulus package implemented to sustain demand, especially in retail, plus infrastructure program for longterm growth. #
  • #questiontime Rudd says Opposition never mention global economic recession. Says 23 countries now in recession, 8 of our top 10 traders. #
  • #questiontime Rudd says Aust has higher average growth than comparable OECD countries. April retail sales rose 0.3% – figures out today. #
  • #questiontime Rudd says retail activity is 4.8% above November last year, whereas other countries falling – quotes US, Japan figures. #
  • #questiontime Opposition Manager of Business, Christopher Pyne, takes relevance point of order against Rudd. Someone calls out “poodle”… #
  • #questiontime Rudd repeating standard lines about Aust resisting global economic crisis with a nation-building stimulus program. #
  • #questiontime Turnbull asks Rudd about plaques on stimulus package projects – will they say “funded with $300bn of debt”? #
  • #questiontime Rudd says costs of plaques is 0.02% of stimulus money. Calls on “Julie” to guess how much she spent in govt – $7.1m, or 1%. #
  • #questiontime Rudd’s strategy is clear: to paint Opposition as negative, talking economy down. #
  • #questiontime Damian Hale (ALP-NT) asks Swan about stimulus and nationbuilding…Swan says 277 projects on the ground in Solomon electorate. #
  • #questiontime Swan talks of importance of stimulus when world economy is contracting. Repeats April retail sales figures mentioned by Rudd. #
  • Also see #questiontime blogging here: RT @annabelcrabb: Live Twitsard of Question Time – http://bit.ly/hFag #
  • #questiontime tweeting also by @reversrepr #
  • #questiontime Swan says Opposition pretends Aust is immune from international developments. #
  • #questiontime Swan says Turnbull talking economy down to serve his own political opportunism… #
  • #questiontime My local member, Andrew Robb (Goldstein, Vic) asks Swan about KPMG analysis that $60bn extra will be needed to fund programs. #
  • #questiontime Swan: “This is absolutely stunning”… they spent nothing on infrastructure for 12 years, now oppose borrowing to fund progs. #
  • #questiontime Swan talks of “stunning hypocrisy” of Opposition when new stats show that the stimulus is having an effect. #
  • #questiontime Swan ridicules Turnbull’s appearance on Insiders, that his borrowing would be “less”… #
  • #questiontime Opposition accuses Swan of evading Robb’s question about a black hole in funding. Swan says Libs left the black hole – uproar! #
  • #questiontime Swan quotes from Turnbull’s Insiders interview… Libs interjecting… Speaker Jenkins testy. #
  • #questiontime Belinda Neal (ALP-Robertson) asks Albanese why it is important that the infrastructure legislation be passed. #
  • #questiontime Albanese says Opp has asked no questions on infrastructure this year. “The centrepiece of the recovery program”. #
  • #questiontime Albanese itemises road projects, black spot programs, etc. Says Opp has chosen to vote against nationbuilding. #
  • #questiontime Albanese attacks Nats -says $22.4bn infrastructure programs are in regional areas. #
  • #questiontime Albanese says coalition spent money in Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth and in Bennelong – they funded roads in marginal seats. #
  • #questiontime Albanese says Jason Wood, Lib member for La Trobe, voted against a road project in his electorate… starts listing more… #
  • #questiontime Albanese: The Opp. do one thing in this Parliament and another in the electorate. Says black spots program being opposed. #
  • #questiontime Albanese says 43 of 81 black spot programs are in coalition seats… Pyne objects to amount of time Albo is taking… #
  • #questiontime Albanese turns attack to Nats member for Gippsland over Traralgon intersection. Supported upgrade but voted against it today. #
  • #questiontime The House getting bogged down in procedural issues… #
  • #questiontime Hockey asks question about bank guarantees, state borrowing guarantees, etc. Do taxpayers now have over $1 trillion risk? #
  • #questiontime Swan says it is absurd to simply add up potential contingent liabilities… #
  • #questiontime Graham Perrett (ALP-Moreton) asks Gillard about education programs. Gillard says 118 projects in Moreton. #
  • #questiontime Gillard says education investment goes beyond education… itemises a variety of education and research programs. #
  • #questiontime Gillard: Let’s take one example – Uni of Sydney centre for diabetes and cardiovascular disease… #
  • #questiontime Gillard says Syd Uni leveraged govt funding to secure extra funding to support 2000 jobs through the construction. #
  • #questiontime Gillard says jobs today through construction, longterm jobs through leveraging of private funding in research. #
  • #questiontime Hockey asks Swan about debt ballooning beyond $300bn. Will he then compare Aust to Burundi and PNG? #
  • #questiontime Swan says Opp has no alternative fiscal policy. They deny global crisis, deny Aust holding its own, deny regional contraction. #
  • #questiontime Swan says Opposition cannot admit that Australian debt levels are amongst the lowest in the world. #
  • #questiontime Mike Symon (ALP-Deakin) asks Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek, about social housing initiatives. #
  • #questiontime Plibersek gives numbers for projects in Deakin – 53 projects. Recounts visit to housing project in Bayswater. #
  • #questiontime Plibersek takes issue with “waste of time” interjection… Pyne says he meant “waste of QUESTION time” !! #
  • #questiontime Plibersek quotes builder in Bayswater itemising new jobs he has created due to stimulus programs. #
  • #questiontime Julie Bishop asks Rudd if he will confirm if Defence Minister has complied with pecuniary interests rules. #
  • #questiontime Rudd says he is not aware of any advice to the contrary. #
  • #questiontime Finance Minister Tanner is asked by MP for Lindsay about stimulus. Tanner cites number of projects in Lindsay. #
  • #questiontime Tanner discussing tax options – refers to Ergas report to Opposition as discussed by Glenn Milne in The Aust. today… #
  • #questiontime Tanner says Libs have a “secret tax plan”, remember “never ever”? See http://twurl.nl/x3sd5n #
  • #questiontime Tanner says Libs secretly planning flat taxes, cuts for high income earners, etc. “They have not changed their spots.” #
  • #questiontime Tanner calls on Turnbull to release Ergas report. #
  • #questiontime Nats leader Truss asks Albanese about criteria for roads projects – claims bias to Labor electorates. #
  • #questiontime Albanese returns to theme of Opp. supporting projects on the ground in their electorates but then votes against them in Parlt. #
  • #questiontime Albanese says $35bn in transport infrastructure programs and the majority is in coalition electorates. #
  • #questiontime Mark Dreyfus (ALP-Isaacs) asks Rudd about climate change and business certainty. #
  • #questiontime Rudd engages Qld members over protecting Barrier Reef, Kakadu, etc. Ridicules Wilson Tuckey as spokesman for climate sceptics. #
  • Now you’re being silly, Mark! – RT @reversepr: #ozpolitics #questiontime Rudd is getting greyer on head and thinner in face? Swine flu? #
  • #questiontime Rudd says no logic in waiting until after Copenhagen if Libs are committed to targets – simply political expediency. #
  • #questiontime Rudd quotes Barnaby Joyce this morning saying Turnbull doesn’t have a policy on ETS. #
  • #questiontime Rudd needles Turnbull about what Barnaby Joyce says in private about Turnbull… #
  • #questiontime Rudd enojoying himself over Nats and backbench dissent in Opposition on climate change. Turnbull not game to take on sceptics. #
  • #questiontime Rudd: We’ve seen nothing but rank opportunism from the Opp. on climate change. #
  • #questiontime Tony Windsor (Ind-New England) asks about youth allowance. Gillard responds and I don’t really understand this one….! #
  • #questiontime John Murphy (ALP-Lowe) asks Garrett about benefits of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. #
  • #questiontime Govt has timed half of QT on stimulus measures and is now focussing on climate change. Discipline! #
  • #questiontime Garrett talks of green jobs being created by Bradford and others. Says climate change risks are also job risks. #
  • #questiontime Garrett says community wants action on climate change but Opp still doesn’t take it seriously. #
  • Cory Bernardi’s newsletter just arrived with an invitation to dinner with Andrew Bolt… #
  • #questiontime Margaret May (Lib-McPherson) asks about aged care incident in Queensland. Is this the same incident Four Corner is covering? #
  • #questiontime Alan Griffin takes a question on veterans pensions from Daryl Melham… #
  • #questiontime And I’m done with this for today. A lacklustre, going-through-the-motions Question Time is winding down… #
  • Return of the old-fashioned-scoop – http://twurl.nl/8lcq83 – The Guardian’s Peter Wilby describes the very un-Internet story of MPs expenses #
  • Welcome to a dying industry, journalism grads – http://twurl.nl/q4w5og – Barbara Ehrenreich’s commencement speech to UC Berkeley Journalism #