Twitter Updates

  • Malcolm Turnbull has held a press conference and called for the resignation of Treasurer Wayne Swan. #
  • Turnbull claims Swan misled Parliament over his involvement in handling an inquiry from car dealer John Grant. #
  • Turnbull describes Grant as a “friend and benefactor” of Kevin Rudd. #
  • Turnbull is asked about the alleged email but says the Libs don’t have it. He doesn’t answer a question about whether anyone has seen it. #
  • Turnbull says he will co-operate with Federal Police investigation of the email. #
  • Turnbull doesn’t want to talk about the alleged email and keeps turning back to Swan’s behaviour. #
  • Turnbull criticises media, “with great respect” for not asking questions of Rudd about Grech’s evidence before Senate committee on Friday. #
  • Turnbull to Rudd: Why did you shut down Godwin Grech? Why ask us for an email we have never said we possess when Grech implicates you? #
  • Turnbull asked if he will resign if email is proved to be a fake and says “it’s not my email…the email is a distraction from Swan…” #
  • Turnbull claims Swan sought a financial benefit for a “crony” and “benefactor” of the PM. #
  • Turnbull to media: “Your fascination with the email is commendable but the real issue here today is Mr. Swan”… #
  • Turnbull asked if anyone in the Liberal Party has ever seen the email… says he won’t answer until he’s spoked to the Federal Police… #
  • Turnbull now describing the email as “alleged”… claims the focus should be on Rudd adviser Charlton and Treasury official Grech. #
  • Turnbull says Rudd “responsible for shutting down Grech”… says this is indicative of PM’s character… #
  • Turnbull on the defensive as media press him on the email issue. Backtracks on claims of having “documentary evidence”… #
  • Turnbull won’t answer questions about who told him about the email, when he first heard about it, etc.Says focus should be on Charlton/Grech #
  • Turnbull asked why the email was the focus of his attack on Friday but now Hockey describes it as a distraction… #
  • And @SkyNewsAust cuts the press conference off in mid-sentence… this never used to happen… don’t they think we can concentrate? #
  • Assessing OzCar: The government is under a bit of pressure re Swan and treatment of John Grant but it’s all pretty thin stuff… #
  • OzCar: Grant’s application to OzCar was apparently rejected and Swan claims he simply passed on the request via local MP Ripoll to Treasury. #
  • OzCar: Turnbull’s claims on Fri about the email & communications between Charlton & Grech have backfired on him as email seems not to exist. #
  • OzCar: we all know that it is virtually impossible to destroy all trace of an email. Treasury & PM’s Dept cannot locate it. #
  • OzCar: No-one can seriously suggest, as Abbott did, that the email has been deliberately lost. Integrity of PS departments not in question. #
  • OzCar: A weekend of frenzied activity but this seems to have run out of puff already. Rudd safe, Swan under fire, Turnbull on shaky ground. #
  • OzCar: Parlt sits this week. Expect much heat in Question Time tomorrow. Absent new revelations/documents, this issue will burn itself out. #
  • RT @rockhate: and I guess there is no chance of #ozcar being a trending topic this weekend 😉 #
  • Hehehe.. @rockhate As Sir Humphrey would say, I don’t think it’s the major topic of conversation in the nation’s supermarkets..or on Twitter #
  • RT @theburgerman: Unfortunately, Sky News must cross to NZ News at 3.30pm – you can watch Turnbull’s conference on Sky News Active. #
  • Thanks for that @theburgerman – except it’s not on Active yet. The package showing appears to be the same as what was on last night. #
  • RT @geehall1: Agree with mr_billiam. #boycottwinter || I move for extension of winter to 12 months, abolition of summer and daylight saving. #
  • I take that back @theburgerman – Sky News Active now showing Turnbull. #
  • RT @mr_billiam: I demand that you resign your position because of your views on winte…oh wait, this isn’t federal politics. #boycottwinter #
  • I sent an email to lobby you about this matter @mr_billiam – I suppose you’re going to tell me you didn’t get it? #
  • Turnbull sounding very exasperated during his media conference: says journalists have fallen for Rudd’s tactics…arguing with a reporter.. #
  • Turnbull says none of the media assembled look like Federal Police officers… but he will talk to them when they ask him… #
  • Rudd talking to media about OzCar: says when Parlt. resumes in 24 hours Turnbull should produce email or resign… #
  • Rudd: This is the same Liberal Party that gave us children overboard, Lindsay election leaflets… #
  • Rudd: The email is the rock Turnbull’s case is built upon… more like sand… #
  • Rudd: This email is something they have boasted of for some time..it’s time to authenticate this. He should produce it or apologise & resign #
  • RT @jmarskell: Why should Turnbull have to present the email? It was released by News Limited. lol. #
  • RT @thethirdwave: who said the Opp said they have the email?Lewis from NEWS had it & it has produced email from treasury condemning Swan #
  • I think the point is that nobody seems able to produce the email. Steve Lewis apparently hasn’t seen it either @jmarskell @thethirdwave #
  • RT @jmarskell: @mfarnsworth You’re buying the ALP spin. All power to you. #
  • Fake documents: those of us with long memories know that documents published during the Loans Affair in 1975 were fake… #
  • Fake documents… Keating Treasurer Ralph Willis was conned by fake documents during the 1996 election campaign. #
  • Fake documents…Sth Aust. Opp leader Hamilton-Smith destroyed his credibility a couple of months ago making allegations with fake docs… #
  • Fake documents…. chk chk boom… #
  • RT @reversepr: RT @johblow: Turnbull: “The only people who can speak authoritatively about this email are Grech & Charlton” #rudd #utegate #
  • Charlton denies sending it; Grech can’t produce it & says his memory may be faulty; no electronic record found. @reversepr @johblow #
  • RT @reversepr: #utegate regardless whether you believe Turnbull or Rudd, Quest Time in both Houses this week will be compulsory viewing. #
  • Well, it will be compulsory for political tragics like you & me @reversepr – but I don’t think the ABC/Sky ratings will soar at 2pm tomorrow #
  • RT @rod_benson: @mfarnsworth Emerging from beneath a pile of Malcolm Farnsworth tweets. #
  • Sorry about that! RT @rod_benson Never have so many read so much by so few. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Never fear, I’m sure @David_Speers, @annabelcrabb, @BernardKeane, etc. will be watching with interest! |Quality v Quantity #
  • Meanwhile, the Poms continue to show what a real political scandal looks like – http://twurl.nl/loq36q – and that’s without any sado-mas sex #
  • Rudd shown on Channel 10 news attending memorial service for Richard Pratt – now there’s a scandal… #
  • Channel 10 reports head of Motor Trades Assocation, Mike Delaney, defending Rudd and Swan…says John Grant got same treatment as others. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Big report from Bonge on 10 News – Motor Trades’s Association M. Delaney rejecting “special treatment” claims for Grant. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Delaney also says he has copies of the “100s” of contacts he says Grech made between dealers and finance companies. #
  • RT @KateKendall: How is everyone? Anyone having a human conversation? All I’ve got in my feed is links, monologues and hashtag gibberish? #
  • I plead not guilty to the hashtags… @KateKendall #
  • @lyndons It’s dry, overcast, not really very cold and anything but dismal. Love winter! in reply to lyndons #
  • @lyndons Would you believe I’m working at my desk and APAC is replaying Eric Roozendaal delivering the NSW budget…dismal? in reply to lyndons #
  • Baby bouncers have much to learn about equality – http://twurl.nl/g84xmd – Anne Summers on @sarahinthesen8 and the ejected baby. #
  • RT @lmdallatorre: Fake Documents: and Ken Aldred’s CEC stunt under parliamentary privilege #
  • RT @LiberalAus: #alot Treasurer must resign and inquiry must be expanded – http://tinyurl.com/lyd57b – media release from Malcolm Turnbull #
  • RT @Colvinius: No-one can predict the next few days – especially if tanks roll in – http://bit.ly/cWDxk #iranelection #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: In NZ but just heard..Christian Kerr’s idea: Chris Pyne to switch from Fed to SA Parlt & become Leader of Opp. Stirrer! #
  • RT @mr_billiam: @trevoryoung seems everyone on my stream except you is watching it. Surely it’s not *that* good? #masterchef #
  • How dare you @mr_billiam ? I can proudly report I’ve never watched a second of it… #
  • RT @lyndons: June 21 today. In 1527, Niccolò Machiavelli died. In 1905, Jean-Paul Sartre was born. Good .. reasons for a few drinks tonight #
  • Swan’s defence beggars belief – http://tinyurl.com/nnozoa – Glenn Milne outlines the case that the Treasurer will face tomorrow in Parlt. #
  • RT @lyndons: Both sides in #iraneelection have now mobilised large-scale misinformation campaigns on social media. Be careful who you trust. #
  • State of the Twittersphere June 2009 – http://tinyurl.com/kvhp5w – Report from @HubSpot & @Grader. Not a really encouraging picture. #
  • Brisbane Courier-Mail headline tomorrow morning: LOAD SHIFT – Heat now on Turnbull. #
  • He’s been in Bundaberg far too long…. RT @danupoyner: Pro Tip: To practice your Irish accent, try saying ‘whale oil beef hooked’ #
  • @thetowncrier Is that a general all-purpose groan or was it something I said? in reply to thetowncrier #
  • RT @thetowncrier: Usual groan at inane tabloid headlines. And for such a dud story. The heat is NOT on Turnbull. He just acted like an Opp. #
  • True, the real pressure is on the govt, esp. Swan, but Turnbull has botched his attack & again shown poor political skills @thetowncrier #
  • Key men set for day of battle – http://tinyurl.com/m87m5q – Gerard McManus (Herald-Sun) on the latest events. (Grech now “sickly”!) #
  • RT @theburgerman: The emphasis *should* be on Grech’s comments & deference to Treasury senior and it’s implications for Swan … #
  • RT @thetowncrier: The whole thing is silly. But yes, they’re the only questions. Not if Malcolm saw an e-mail, fake or not. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Yes, but Turnbull overreached. He should have never placed so much emphasis on a ‘smoking gun’ to begin with … #
  • The weekend’s events just show how lousy the coalition is at strategy and tactics without Howard @thetowncrier @theburgerman #
  • Turnbull’s performance at his media conf. today was appalling, like they so often are. Argumentative, shrill. @thetowncrier @theburgerman #
  • A question for this week: will we finally get Lindsay Tanner as Treasurer? A Swan derailment could end up strengthening the government. #
  • RT @theburgerman: ..Turnbull.. seemed to be exasperated that he couldn’t control the frame of reference of the OzCar issue … #
  • RT @bbcpolitics: MP beaten by a group of youths after he challenged them over playing football in the street – http://tinyurl.com/ls9zrj #
  • Speaking of poor political tactics… http://tinyurl.com/ls9zrj #
  • At least George is onto the important news…RT @geehall1: Royal wedding bell rumours fly – http://tinyurl.com/m53bju #
  • RT @danupoyner: Turnbull demonstrating he is a media n00b. Don’t come out calling for resignation. Let it heat up first & you won’t need to. #
  • Good advice for Rudd & Turnbull: “The 33 Strategies of War” – http://tinyurl.com/muwz5f – via @AdamSinger #
  • RT @JoeTrippi: Change your Twitter settings to TEHRAN & time zone to GMT+3.30. Security search loc. & time. If we’re all Iranians it’ll help #
  • The world’s new power brokers – http://tinyurl.com/lldoxb – Boston Globe looks at BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India and China. #
  • Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned – http://tinyurl.com/n4kksr – Noam Cohen (NYT) – balanced view of Twitter & #iranelection #
  • Reading Twitter in Tehran? – http://tinyurl.com/l4dosx – Why the real revolution is on the streets and offline. A more sceptical view. #
  • @empatt I just finished reading George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Hundred Years” – he also disagrees altogether with BRIC concept. in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt Well, I thought his Turkey/Poland/Mexico countries of importance argument made sense, as did continuing US dominance… in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt It’s all very speculative but I’m fascinated by demography as a guide to future. Geo-politics approach is arguable but intriguing. in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt I saw Friedman speak recently and he joked about us all being dead before he can be proved wrong! in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt Yes, I don’t know enough about the science of that. I thought it interesting that he doesn’t deal much with climate change. in reply to empatt #