Twitter Updates

  • No rush now for that dignity fix – http://twurl.nl/rdveij – Phillip Coorey on why fixed 4-year parliamentary terms are still far away. #
  • Brainy bunch cast a magic spell – http://twurl.nl/6bqmhc – Paul Sheehan on Indian American students who can spell. Laodicean anyone? #
  • We cannot go on living like this – http://twurl.nl/e2hrd4 – Peter Doherty on pillaging and forging a new way. #
  • What if John Howard had been re-elected? – http://twurl.nl/ygflub – John Butcher hazards a pretty vague guess… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Costello is NOT renominating for Higgins, go to smh.com.au for breaking news!!! #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: As in, he is out. Of politics. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Yes it is breaking breaking news – will be up in a mo. Story by Phil Coorey so you KNOW it’s true #
  • COSTELLO NOT CONTESTING HIGGINS – http://twurl.nl/qvkqyc – The Age website scoops the SMH… #
  • David Speers has broken the Costello news on Sky… Costello releases statement announcing he is leaving Parliament… #
  • Malcolm Turnbull announces Costello won’t renominate to the House of Reps… grinning broadly… government members interjecting… #
  • Turnbull: Costello gave us a debt-free nation… put money away in the bank… a period of unparalleled economic growth… #
  • Turnbull is quoting Costello’s maiden speech in 1990 about what kind of society we want… barely suppressing his relief! #
  • Turnbull: We salute Costello and we thank him for his service… #
  • Rudd rises to his feet, grinning broadly… “I’m advised the member for Higgins will not be seeking re-election..” #
  • Rudd jokes about the ALP winning Higgins…”It was a joke, Malcolm, it was a joke”… #
  • Rudd talks of the honour of marking the occasion of an MP’s election to Parliament and also marking the day of departure…(you bet!) #
  • Rudd congratulates Costello on 20 years of service to the House of Reps… refers to “considerable intellectual skills”… #
  • Rudd talks of Costello’s contribution to the International Monetary Fund… and his role in establishing th G20 Finance Ministers meeting… #
  • RT @SBSNews: Des Moran, brother of slain gangland figure Lewis Moran, is believed to have been shot dead in Melbourne http://cli.gs/S7096A #
  • Meanwhile, the mob in the other place is listening to Rudd congratulating Costello on taking himself out… #
  • Rudd talks of the importance of “family” and the burden on MPs…to Costello “your great mates” here wish you well… #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: Costello won’t contest another election – http://bit.ly/qMKDQ #
  • Costello talks of the forthcoming paperback version of his memoirs and changes he has made to discuss debt… #
  • Costello says he believes in the Parliament… we are lucky to have a Parliament… an institution that should be preserved… #
  • Costello says Australia’s best years are still in front of it… thanks Rudd for “not coming the raw prawn…” #
  • FULL TEXT OF COSTELLO STATEMENT: http://twurl.nl/l4bvwy #
  • Question Time begins in the House of Representatives…. #
  • Rudd is answering a question from Turnbull on debt and interest rates… the House is quiet as the Costello news sinks in… #
  • Costello’s departure means that Kooyong and Higgins, the 2 prize Liberal seats in Victoria, will each have new members at the next poll… #
  • Kooyong pre-selection takes place this weekend… Joshua Frydenberg believed to be likely winner #
  • Higgins was represented by former PM Harold Holt from 1949-67, former PM John Gorton 1968-75, Roger Shipton 1975-90, Costello since 1990 #
  • Rudd is droning on about bank lending in Question Time… #
  • RT @774melbourne: Costello announces retirement – http://bit.ly/189fM9 #
  • RT @SBSNews: Former Treasurer Peter Costello says he won’t seek re-election as member for Higgins – http://cli.gs/60SpQ3 #
  • @RicRaftis I had the same experience…could just be cheap hosting!! in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Rudd now answering a question on the Nation Building for Recovery program… relentlessly on message as usual… #
  • Rudd: Aust has fastest growth in the OECD… quotes negative figures in other countries… #
  • Peter Costello’s retirement announcement means that Joe Hockey is now the only serious contender for the Liberal leadership… #
  • Julie Bishop’s leadership ambitions have been shredded… Abbott too controversial, conservative…Pyne too young/absurd… #
  • Hockey rises to ask Treasurer Swan a question about debt causing interest rate rises – wants to see economic modelling from Treasury… #
  • Swan: Hockey embarrassed by growth figures because our stimulus measures have been working… they wouldn’t do anything different… #
  • The Australian: Peter Costello will not stand again in Higgins – http://twurl.nl/sstiro #
  • John Roskam, from the right-wing think-tank, Institute of Public Affairs, is an almost certain nominee for Liberal preselection in Higgins. #
  • RT @firstdogonmoon: Gillard sticks it to the OZ – go the Power Fox! #
  • RT @channelone: Costello announces retirement – http://tinyurl.com/klze54 #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd a question about John Grant, the car dealer who has supplied Rudd with a free electorate car… #
  • Rudd says the ute was valued around $5000 and listed on the pecuniary interests register some years ago. #
  • Rudd lists various MPs who made representations on behalf of car dealers for finance under the AusCar scheme… #
  • Why is @SBSNews tweeting this rubbish? || RT @SBSNews: Get 100 followers a day using – http://www.tweeteradder.com #
  • Treasurer Swan is now responding to a question and the House is remarkably quiet… #
  • RT @SBSNews: Apologies for last tweet – we can assure you it’s not us! We have made some security changes to ensure it won’t happen again. #
  • Turnbull asks Swan a question about John Grant’s representations to AusCar… what assistance did his office give to Grant? #
  • Swan says Grant was referred to relevant departmental officials as all people making representations are referred. #
  • Lindsay Tanner wishes Costello well and laments the loss of a dedicated Essendon supporter… #
  • Lindsay Tanner & Peter Costello have a long history going back to student politics in the 1970s… as one warrior falls… #
  • RT @rod3000: Peter Costello resigning is like Timothy Dalton saying ‘I don’t want to be James Bond anymore.’ #
  • Of course, @rod3000, Timothy Dalton was never a believable Bond. He was no Connery… #
  • Pyne asks Gillard about Hastings school allocated funds for a project 10 times cost of something similar several years earlier… #
  • Gillard, the current dominant figure in the House, launches broadside against Pyne.. have no sense of delight about education possibilities #
  • Gillard: all we hear is carping, never an Education policy… [Pyne takes an irrelevant point of order] #
  • Gillard: “If the Liberal Party was elected at the next election would they stop…[reels off long list of education programs]” #
  • Gillard is making great play in Question Time of questions about schools that are based on factual inaccuracies. #
  • What will Melbourne TV news lead with tonight? Costello’s departure or the shooting of another Moran? Silly question… #
  • Des Moran had “multiple gunshot wounds to the head”, reports The Age – http://twurl.nl/kh4osm #
  • Peter Costello had “multiple gunshot wounds to the foot”, The Age does not report… #
  • Sent a SMS to a Costello student contemporary advising of his decision. Reply: “I knew the pissant wouldn’t!” Memories… #
  • RT @australian: Tributes flow for departing Costello: Rudd and Turnbull have paid tribute to former treasurer -http://tinyurl.com/mjalcu #
  • Herald-Sun in state of orgasmic bliss: “GANGLAND SHOOTING” emblazoned over site, alternating with “COSTELLO QUITS” – http://twurl.nl/x8i6ts #
  • Ignominious end: Herald-Sun poll – “Is Peter Costello the best PM we never had?” – http://twurl.nl/z0ektt #
  • Herald-Sun poll – http://twurl.nl/y4izjj – 447 votes for “Yes, he was a natural born leader”… #
  • Herald-Sun poll – http://twurl.nl/4id7tx – 243 votes for “No, thank goodness he never got to run the country”… #
  • RT @landeryou: GAME ON: Cossie keeps them guessing to the last minute as the War for Higgins begins – http://tinyurl.com/lb2srp #
  • RT @lucytoes Costello quits and another Moran shot dead… trimming the fat in Melbourne today it seems… when swine flu fails… #
  • RT @thetowncrier: Michael Kroger says Costello is “with Andrew Peacock, the greatest PM Aust never had”. With apologies to Mark Latham… #
  • RT @Colvinius: Tonight’s PM. Have just recorded interview with our correspondent in Tehran Ben Knight. Journos allowed out, but not to film. #
  • RT @Colvinius: Andrew Sullivan has done a great job of pulling together twitter/blogos/ MSM coverage of #iranelection http://twurl.nl/m4skbj #
  • RT @abcnews: SMH, Age to share press gallery journos – http://bit.ly/1398gD #
  • I leave the front gate open for just 30 minutes & the happy clappers turn up – harder to see off than those amateurs from the telcos… #
  • Party’s over as Pete folds again – http://twurl.nl/hbxiqq – a good analysis from David Penberthy in The Punch. #
  • @ajbirse @Skigod They were Ass. of God so I passed up an opportunity to bag Fielding… in reply to ajbirse #
  • Channel 10 Melbourne leads with “the last Moran standing”… do their viewers know what a pun is…? #
  • Channel 10 news second item: “global eco terrorism group brings its reign of fear to Melbourne”… #
  • RT @JohannaBD: So apt RT @Glebe2037: The Daily Telegraph is the sweaty hairy scrotum crevice of the journalism world #
  • Channel 10 News Melbourne goes to a commercial break and the Costello story doesn’t even make it to the “coming up” list… #
  • At least you can rely on PM @Colvinius to get their priorities right but then they’ve always specialised in political obituaries. #
  • Channel 10 runs the Costello story first up after the break, highlighting Turnbull’s slip-up when he announced that PC *would* re-nominate.. #
  • Paul Bongiorno says John Howard refused to comment on Costello’s retirement. What is that cackling sound wafting over from Wollstonecraft? #
  • Simultaneously, @Colvinius reads a statement on PM from John Howard. Bloody Channel 10 misled me again… #
  • RT @PragueBob: Constitutional law got its start on this day in 1215, with the signing of the Magna Carta by King John – http://bit.ly/ACJhE #
  • … not John Howard… #
  • Welcome to @Saline and a nice little blog post about travelling to Loxton – http://twurl.nl/okm848 – complete with Duel moment. #
  • @mr_billiam Mine opens in a minimised state on the wrong monitor.. any thoughts on how to stop that? in reply to mr_billiam #
  • RT @stilgherrian: Antony Green has already posted his swing calculator for the 2010 Australian federal election – http://tr.im/ovMV Or 2009. #
  • So he’s not like Mungo’s unflushable turd? || RT @annabelcrabb: writing my last ever Costello column #
  • RT @BreakfastNews: At least this brings an end to ‘the longest political striptease in history’… or does it? What do you reckon? #
  • RT @KevinRuddPM: Some have asked if Tweets are mine. Team helps… They sign off “#KevinPM Team” so I’ll sign off KRudd from now. KRudd #
  • RT @danupoyner: My review of the MSO Pops Superheroes at the Symphony concert now online at Australian Stage – http://is.gd/12nzF #
  • @RicRaftis I missed it… but you’ve reminded me we need to find a way to rid ourselves of No.2 as well… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • SPOOKS fans – don’t forget Series 7 starting 9.30pm – http://twurl.nl/tt0xw3 – I’ve seen it and you do NOT want to miss tonight…trust me.. #
  • @RicRaftis By the end of the next 10 episodes you will be reeling… no-one is safe, nothing is what it seems… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • The Vic. Liberal Party has pre-selected former ABC journalist Sarah Henderson as its candidate in Corangamite (Colac, Lorne, outer Geelong) #
  • Henderson is the daughter of the late Ann Henderson, a minister in the Kennett government. #
  • The ALP holds Corangamite by 0.85% or 1542 votes. Darren Cheeseman won the seat from the Libs in 2007 with a swing of 6.17%. #