Twitter Updates

  • Reagan Did It – http://twurl.nl/egy5xz -Paul Krugman argues that the economic crisis can be traced to Reagan decisions on debt & regulation. #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: http://twitpic.com/6ko9k – Treasurer Kevin Foley in Budget lock-up. Stay tuned for details at 3pm #PremierMikeRann team #
  • Big Brother vs. Social Media vs. Basil Fawlty – http://twurl.nl/deinok – Tim Berry on publishing, privacy and authenticity. #
  • RT @nytimeskristof: My Tiananmen column is up – http://tinyurl.com/pzuj5b – Writing it brought back terrible memories watching the slaughter #
  • But Australia’s %GDP debt is small by comparison RT @markparton: RT @KavisMusings: are we creating a new crisis? – http://tinyurl.com/qkwubl #
  • Drooling loonies, Big Brother and Bedlam – http://twurl.nl/sc73ol – Michael Parkinson on junk television. #
  • RT @graemebowman: Is this disgraceful? Posted blog reply about: ‘Chaser generated more controversy than ratings’ – http://tinyurl.com/obqkxr #
  • What’s Digital Terrorism? – http://tinyurl.com/lmfyhw – RT @InternetLaw via @foolkitlegal – a very tricky legal and moral minefield. #
  • I had to check this out…RT @rod3000: Wow, Wayne Swan fisting on newmatilda.com – http://bit.ly/VSY14 -“The Cash Splash Worked” – good read #
  • RT @thetowncrier: http://is.gd/NIiZ ABC .. didn’t see a problem with Chaser skit BEFORE last night. Now cutting from repeat. Wowsers=win. #
  • RT @SBSNews: The House of Representatives has passed the government’s emissions trading scheme legislation – http://cli.gs/pzatNY #
  • The Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon has RESIGNED…. #
  • Kevin Rudd is holding a media conference about Defence Minister’s resignation…. #
  • Rudd: Fitzgibbon has been a first class minister… Defence restructure and reforms… #
  • Rudd: Fitzgibbon came to my office at 1pm and offered his resignation. I accepted it. #
  • Rudd: Sen. John Faulkner spoke to Fitzgibbon this morning and then Fitzgibbon came to me… #
  • Rudd: The $450 declaration was a minor breach… but the relationship with his brother’s company is a different matter.. #
  • Rudd: Minister has accepted responsibility for these mistakes… they represent a significant departure from undertakings made in March.. #
  • Rudd: Fitzgibbon’s staff attending meetings with his brother’s company and one of these took place in his office… #
  • Ministerial Reshuffle: Greg Combet for Defence Minister? #
  • Rudd: I take deeply conservative view of these matters (reshuffles)… #
  • Rudd: I feel sad about this but it is important to maintain high standards of ministerial accountability. #
  • Rudd asked if Fitzgibbon was a victim of white-anting from within the Defence Department… #
  • Rudd: I would to publicly reaffirm my confidence in the Defence Department… #
  • Rudd asked by Dennis Atkins if he will be less trusting of his ministers in future… These are good people, Rudd says. Mistakes happen. #
  • Rudd: This matter goes back to assurances made in March. It’s different from earlier errors on pecuniary declarations. #
  • Rudd refuses to commit to “life sentence” for Fitzgibbon… #
  • Rudd asked about Chaser dying kids skit… “I didn’t see it…I don’t mind them taking the mickey out of me… but having a go at kids… #
  • Rudd: …with terminal cancer is completely beyond the pale. They should hang their heads in shame… #
  • Rudd’s media conference has ended. Question Time starts in 10 minutes… should be fun! #
  • @poptrashmusic Could be too soon for Combet but he is the best choice in my view. Faulkner wouldn’t want it – his job is as troubleshooter. in reply to poptrashmusic #
  • Joel Fitzgibbon is the first ministerial resignation since Sen. Santo Santoro in Mar 2007 – resigned from Howard ministry over share dealing #
  • Fitzgibbon has resigned because of meetings in his office between his brother’s company which was seeking Defence contracts. #
  • David Speers on @SkyNewsAust points out long list of Defence Ministers who stumbled: MacLachlan, Reith, Nelson, Fitzgibbon. #
  • Rudd has announced Fitzgibbon’s resignation to the House of Reps. He is now making a statement on the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen. #
  • Updated list of all Australian government ministerial resignations and dismissals since 1901 – http://twurl.nl/fk3ktx #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Rudd about a gift of a car for use in his Griffith electorate from an Ipswich car dealer… #
  • #qt Rudd bats away question, says car was declared on pecuniary interests register. Says will check if anything else needs to be declared. #
  • #qt Rudd asked question about global economic crisis question and is now repeating figures on nations in recession and other Aust. data. #
  • #qt Rudd: Treasury confirms that without the cash stimulus payments, economic growth would have declined 0.2%. #
  • #qt Interesting to observe behaviour in the House on a day when ministerial blood has been spilled… PM coldly matter-of-fact, Opp quiet… #
  • #qt Government ministers are quiet… Labor members are looking around, engaging in quiet conversation and exchanging looks. #
  • #qt Coalition benches are similarly quiet, subdued. #
  • #qt Bob Baldwin (Lib, NSW) asks Warren Snowdon, Defence Science and Personnel about Fitzgibbon matter… #
  • #qt Snowdon: Correspondence from Fitzgibbon’s brother’s company, NIB, was referred to me and a meeting took place in my office… #
  • #qt Snowdon: Since that meeting, Defence has had no further contact with the company. The matter was rightly dealt with by me, not Def. Min. #
  • #qt Fitzgibbon sitting on the most back bench, nodding in agreement with Snowdon. #
  • #qt Mike Symon (ALP-Deakin, Vic) asks Swan about the challenges ahead for the Australian economy. Swan begins the standard mantra… #
  • #qt Swan: At a time when all the advanced economies are going backwards, Australia is going forward. Etc. #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Rudd about statement in Estimates Committee this morning about representations to AusCar about Mr. John Grant. #
  • #qt Turnbull: What are you hiding? #
  • #qt Rudd: donation of car in my electorate was fully declared on pecuniary register. #
  • #qt Rudd: Only car dealer who has approached me occurred at a function in Bennelong. Accuses Turnbull of insinuations. #
  • #qt Julia Gillard asked question by Sid Sidebottom (ALP-Braddon,Tas) about the link between training and jobs. Gillard talks of TAFE funding #
  • #qt This is one of those Question Times where the usual bluster and confected outrage does not apply. Govt is running its economic lines… #
  • #qt …but the interest lies elsewhere. Turnbull’s questions are listened to intently. The propriety of the PM is being questioned… #
  • #qt Gillard turns her response on TAFE and training to Peter Costello. She holds up the Lib Party newspaper ad calling for Higgins noms… #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Swan about evidence of Treasury staff in relation to AusCar representations. Has anyone made reps for John Grant? #
  • #qt Swan: They’ve given up on the economy… #
  • #qt Swan: numerous representations from car dealers around the country have been passed on to AusCar… #
  • Meanwhile, in the Northern Territory… RT @australian: NT Labor in crisis as Scrymgour quits – http://tinyurl.com/od5v7s #
  • #qt Jenny Macklin asked a question about the value of cash payments to pensioners, carers and others. “They found their mark,” she says. #
  • Former Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation letter is available here: http://twurl.nl/p8c37m (PDF via Crikey) #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Swan if there were discussions between his office and PM’s office…. interrupted by Albanese point of order… #
  • #qt Albanese… Turnbull is verballing the Treasurer… #
  • #qt Speaker Jenkins warns about the amount of debate put into questions… #
  • #qt Turnbull to Swan: Were there discussions with PM’s office regarding Mr. John Grant seeking finance from AusCar? #
  • #qt Swan: Nothing out of the ordinary.. numerous representations from MPs to my office… these were passed onto Dept… #
  • #qt Swan: Absolutely no discussions with PM’s office… #
  • #qt Anna Burke (ALP-Chisholm,Vic) asks Nicola Roxon for update on swine flu. Roxon says 639 cases nationwide now. #
  • #qt Roxon: 6 Victorians hospitalised but all are well. Globally, 66 countries affected, Australia has 3% of all reported cases. #
  • #qt Swan: Hundreds of representations to my office treated in various ways… you are up a dry gully on this one. #
  • #qt Mark Dreyfus (ALP-Isaacs,Vic) asks Rudd about moves to stabilise the economic situation. #
  • #qt Rudd: You can sit on your hands and do nothing or you can take massive action like we have done. Recites lines about 3-stage stimulus. #
  • #qt Yesterday the economy was the news and the Opposition was a sorry sight in the House of Reps following the 0.4% growth figure… #
  • #qt ..today, the economic debate is the subject of every Dorothy Dixer from the Labor side but no-one’s concentrating on this… #
  • #qt …Every Opposition question has been geared at insinuating some impropriety on Rudd’s behalf in relation to a car dealer in Griffith… #
  • #qt …There has been one direct question about Fitzgibbon but this was directed to a junior minister… #
  • #qt Rudd interrupts his answer on the economy to loudly and aggressively deny any representations or meetings concerning John Grant… #
  • #qt Rudd accuses Turnbull of smear and innuendo and calls on him to apologise. #
  • #qt The Speaker makes Rudd withdraw a comment which was inaudible to the television audience… #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Rudd whether any of Rudd’s staff were at meetings referred to in the Fitzgibbon resignation letter. #
  • #qt Rudd says no members of his office attended any such meetings… goes on attack over fear and innuendo… says Costello enjoying this… #
  • #qt Rudd says if Turnbull had any moral substance he would come to the dispatch box and apologise. Hockey demands withdrawal… #
  • #qt Speaker Jenkins refuses to require Rudd to withdraw. #
  • #qt Rudd says it’s surprising that someone with connections to Goldman Sachs and the AWB wheat scandal can come into the house & impugn him #
  • #qt Rudd: I find it passing strange… this is the party of children overboard, wheat for weapons, HIH… they should reflect on standards. #
  • Meanwhile in South Australia… RT @PremierMikeRann: Libs might be counting numbers, but it seems to have nothing to do with today’s budget. #
  • #qt Albanese asked a question about a bypass in Page electorate. Albanese launches into attack on Tony Abbott (well, someone has to…) #
  • If you really want to see ministers dying on their feet… RT @premierofnsw: Heading to Question time – watch live http://tinyurl.com/qdng5p #
  • #qt As Albanese attacks Abbott the TV pictures show Turnbull, Pyne & Opp fronbench huddled together planning the next question… #
  • #qt The Opposition attack on Rudd over the car dealer in his Griffith electorate doesn’t seem to be amounting to much and QT is up to 70mins #
  • #qt Pyne asks Rudd about the declaration of the free car supplied to him by John Grant Motors. Rudd says all declarations in order. #
  • #qt Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield,SA) asks Tony Burke, Min for Agriculture about wheat issues. Burke reprises lines about AWB and exports. #
  • #qt Rudd could be embarrassed by the revelation that a car dealer donated a vehicle for use in Rudd’s Griffith electorate… #
  • #qt …but if it has been properly declared on the pecuniary interests register it shouldn’t be a political problem. #
  • #qt Rudd says the John Grant vehicle is a ute with “Kevin Rudd for Griffith” painted on the side that he has used for some years to campaign #
  • #qt Rudd says his electorate allowance vehicle is a Prius which is garaged in Canberra because that’s where he lives. #
  • #qt All members of Parliament are given a privately plated vehicle for their personal and electorate use. #
  • #qt Craig Emerson is now answering a question about small business investment. The buzz has now gone out of Question Time. #
  • #qt Turnbull asks Rudd whether it’s appropriate to receive a free car from a dealer when he also gets 2 houses, ComCars, etc? #
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  • #qt Rudd: The Opp has run up the flag on the economic debate. Says Libs used Kirribilli House for fundraising – is that an app. standard? #
  • #qt Rudd: I’ve thrown Kirribilli open for charitable fundraising, in contrast to the Liberal Party under Howard. #
  • #qt Rudd: The people want us to engage in a debate about issues that matter to them. We work with groups representing all industries. #
  • #qt John Murphy (ALP-Lowe,NSW) asks Attorney-General McClelland about international drug syndicates. McClelland outlines recent arrests. #
  • #qt Question Time in the House of Representatives has now concluded. #
  • #qt Verdict: Govt loses a minister but survives Question Time. Some dangers for Rudd in John Grant car donation but unlikely to take hold. #
  • RT @reversepr: RT @ninafield: looking forward to reading a remaindered copy of Joel Fitzgibbon’s tell-all book – “The Audacity of Dopes” #
  • @reversepr Were you able to be there for Question Time today? in reply to reversepr #
  • Is this the real news of the day? RT @612brisbane: ON AIR NOW Hear what Kevin Rudd thinks of the Chaser skit about sick kiddies. #
  • RT @reversepr: Joel is a good kid having a rough trot. I play touch footy with him from time to time. Although he’s been a bit busy of late! #
  • South Australian Budget: RT @PremierMikeRann: $265m deficit 2008-09 – $304m deficit 200910 – $78m surplus 2010-11 #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: Over 4 years SA Govt will deliver an infrastructure prog totalling $11.4 billion. Record 5 times bigger than under Libs #
  • Economic Update – http://twurl.nl/hfwgpm – for policy wonks who like graphs, Glenn Stevens (RBA) speech in Townsville today. #
  • Managing the media – http://twurl.nl/m60e63 – Geoffrey Barker on what really happens in this age of “pre-shrunk, managed, sterilised news”. #
  • @612brisbane What I meant was the Chaser thing is probably getting more public attention than today’s political news. Not a slur on ABC! #
  • If you get an email telling you that you can get swine flu from canned pig meat..delete it.. it’s only SPAM – RT @Wunghnu via @RicRaftis #
  • Do you mean those emails are telling porkies? @RicRaftis #
  • “YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook will merge into one super time wasting website called YouTwitface.” – Conan O’Brien – RT @polemicol #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: SA Budget-Standard and Poor’s confirm SA’s AAA Credit Rating! Prudent management of finances recognised. #
  • Gordon Brown fights for his political life – http://twurl.nl/jebjjj – the sad, slow and painful death of New Labour. #
  • In the Tiananmen Square firing line: ABC foreign editor Peter Cave in Tiananmen Square – http://bit.ly/jiAZe RT @Peter_F_Ryan via @Skigod #
  • A busy day in Canberra today so I’ve just caught up with yesterday – http://twurl.nl/0kj5si #
  • RT @whitehouse: Don’t forget to tune in live to the President’s speech in Cairo at 8:10pm AEST today – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ #
  • President Obama has arrived on-stage at Cairo University in Egypt to deliver a much-awaited speech to the Muslim world. #
  • Obama thanks Cairo University and offers greetings from “my people”… “We meet at a time of great tension rooted in historical forces… #
  • Obama: Tension has been fed by colonialism… where countries were treated as satellites… #
  • Obama: Violent extremists have fed fears and prejudices… so long as our relationship is defined by fear we will empower the extremists… #
  • Obama: Change will not come overnight… not in this speech… but we must say what is in our hearts…a sustained effort to listen… #
  • Obama: I will try to speak the truth as best I can… #
  • Obama: I’m a Christian but my father came from a Kenyan family that included many Muslims… I lived in Indonesia… I worked in Chicago… #
  • Obama: I know the legacy of Islamic culture and learning… #
  • As usual, Obama’s speech is compsed in proper sentences and its elegance does not easily lend itself to 140 char tweeting… #
  • Obama: American’s Muslims have enriched the United States… in war, in business, in sport… #
  • Obama: I have known Islam on 3 continents before coming to the continent on which it was born. #
  • Obama: I am committed to fighting against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear… but this must also apply to Muslim views.. #
  • Obama: The US was born out of revolution… we are shaped by every culture… out of many, one #
  • Obama: A tribute to America that Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. #
  • Obama: Freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practise one’s religion. There is a mosque in every community. #
  • Obama: America holds within her the truth that all of us share common aspirations…to peace, to work… #
  • Obama: Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people… bold action required in the years ahead… #
  • Obama: When financial system weakens in one country, all are hurt… so too with disease… nuclear weapons… #
  • Obama: Human history has often been a record of subjugation by tribes & religions…this is self-defeating…we must not be hostage to past #
  • Obama: We must face tensions clearly… let me speak honestly to some issues. #
  • Obama: We must face up to violent extremism… we reject the killing of innocent men, women and children. #
  • Obama: Afghanistan demonstrates America’s goals: we did not go by choice but by necessity. #
  • Obama: Al Qaeda killed 3000 people on Sept 11, people who had done nothing to anyone… #
  • RT @WSJ: BREAKING NEWS: Read full text of Obama speech – http://tinyurl.com/o52pd7 #
  • Obama quotes Koran: “whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind” #
  • Obama: Military power is not goig to solve the problems of Afghanistan and Pakistan – we will invest $1.5bn every year … #
  • Obama: Let me also address Iraq. Iraq is better off but America has learned the importance of diplomacy.. #
  • Obama: Iraq’s sovereignty is its own… we will support Iraq as a partner, not as a patron. #
  • Obama: The US must never forget its principles. Sept 11 led us to act contrary to our ideals. I have prohibited torture & closed Guantanamo #
  • Obama: Second source of tension is situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world. #
  • Obama: American’s bonds with Israel are unbreakable… tomorrow I will visit Buchenwald… threatening Israel with destruction is wrong #
  • Obama: Undeniable that Palestinians have suffered in pursuit of a homeland… America will not turn its back on legitimate aspiration of Pal #
  • Obama: For decade, there has been a stalemate, compromise elusive… easy to point fingers… but we must see both sides & support 2 states #
  • Obama: Palestinians must abandon violence… it was not violence that won full & equal rights for blacks in the US. #
  • Obama: Moral authority is not claimed through violence, that is how it is surrendered. Violence is not a sign of courage or power. #
  • Obama: Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern…Israel must also acknowledge Palestine’s right to exist… #
  • Obama: America will align our policies with those who pursue peace…we cannot impose peace.. Time to act on what everyone knows to be true. #
  • Obama: Too may tears have flowed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to build a place where the children … #
  • Obama: …of Abraham can mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra. #
  • Obama: The 3rd source of tension is nuclear weapons… #
  • Obama: I have told Iran my country is prepared to move forward…not a question of what Iran is against but what future it wants to build… #
  • Obama: We must prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East… a hugely dangerous path… we seek a world in which no nations hold them. #
  • Obama: The 4th issue is democracy… #
  • Obama: Faith should bring us together… #
  • Obama: The 6th issue is women’s rights… #
  • Obama: I believe a woman denied an education is denied equality… educated = prosperous… #
  • Obama: Issues of women’s equality is not just an issue for Islam… #
  • Obama: The final issue is economic development and opportunity… #
  • Obama: The face of globalisation is contradictory.. trade can bring wealth and disruption… change can bring fear of loss of control.. #
  • Obama: Japan & Sth Korea grew their economies while maintaining distinct cultures. #
  • Obama: Oil is the source of great wealth for Gulf states but education and innovation is the currency of the 21st century… #
  • Obama: we are investing in online networks for learning and community and economic development… #
  • Obama: All of these issues will not be easy to address… but we have responsibility to join together… #
  • Obama: Many are sceptical… there is so much fear and mistrust… but we must choose not to be bound by the past… #
  • Obama: Young people of every faith, in every country, have the ability to remake the world… #
  • Obama: All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time… must focus to find common ground not on what pushes us apart… #
  • Obama: It is easier to start wars than to end them. Easier to blame others than to look inward… but we should choose one rule…. #
  • Obama: …that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us… #
  • Obama: It’s a faith in other people that has brought me here today. #
  • Obama: We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning… #
  • Obama quotes the Koran, the Talmud and the Bible….Blessed are the peacemakers… #
  • Obama: The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth… #
  • Obama: Than you. And may God’s peace be upon you… [ends] #
  • @Nana_Mex His speechwriter is Jo Favreau, 27yo – but he doesn’t really need him! in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • @Nana_Mex Make that Jon Favreau… in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • *chuckle* RT @downesy: Couldn’t hear Obama’s speech clearly. Did he say “blessed are the cheesemakers”? (Gratuitous Monty Python reference) #
  • @Nana_Mex I think you’re overly pessimistic. I think the speech will go down well in the US, except amongst that vocal fringe… in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • @Nana_Mex Surely Obama is working to change that mentality? Doesn’t his election prove it’s not as entrenched as might have been thought? in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • @Nana_Mex But Limbaugh and co. are destroying/marginalising the GOP. They’re leaving the middle ground to Obama and Dems. in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live – http://tr.im/noCu – RT @TIME (Twitter is TIME’s cover story this week) #
  • Rush and Newt Are Winning – http://twurl.nl/zqdlit – E.J. Dionne argues that Limbaugh & Gingrich are dragging the media to the right. #
  • @Nana_Mex Rush and Newt Are Winning – http://twurl.nl/zqdlit – Dionne agrees with you! in reply to Nana_Mex #
  • Why National Public Radio is the Future of Mainstream Media – http://twurl.nl/gpjcis – excellent article on how old media can survive. #
  • Missing baby found in Sandwich – http://is.gd/O4DI – An unfortunate headline… RT @rockhate #