Twitter Updates

  • The Two Faces of Twitter: Revolution in a Digital Age – http://twurl.nl/c0ne0v Darrell West warns that new technologies also aid repression. #
  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun… Turnbull rises to his feet and is met with calls of “resign”… #
  • Turnbull asks question to Rudd about “Bennelong car dealer”…Rudd begins new mantra calling on Turnbull to resign… interjections… #
  • Speaker Jenkins sternly warns the House to “sit and listen”… #
  • Abbott, then Hockey, then Stone, take points of order against Rudd who ploughs on with Turnbull attack… #
  • Rudd now responding to a question about state of the global markets. We get taken on a visit to a school to view the Education Revolution… #
  • Bruce Scott asks Swan a question about Longreach Motors – did this dealership get the same treatment as John Grant? #
  • Swan launches into sledging Turnbull…Abott takes point of order…Swan says Turnbull is blaming him for fake email: “He’s lost the plot”. #
  • The Iranian Election and the Revolution Test – http://twurl.nl/ba0run – Stratfor argues the Iranian “revolution” never took off & won’t now. #
  • Swan says Grech sent 131 emails to his office & copied 82 to Treasury head Ken Henry. Some of these released last night. #
  • Swan says Treasury was constantly putting car dealers in touch with finance companies earlier this year at height of credit crunch. #
  • Speaker Harry Jenkins is very tetchy today… says debate won’t be won by those who shout the loudest… in fact, it’s all relatively calm. #
  • David Bradbury (ALP-Lindsay) asks Albanese about National E-Security week… this will be good! Notice the choice of Lindsay… #
  • Albanese says the MP for Lindsay knows how important integrity is in written leaflets… he’s enjoying himself… #
  • Turnbull wants withdrawal of suggestion that the Opposition faked an email… surely he’s not going to go down this path? #
  • Albanese tries to speak and Tony Abbott takes point of order demanding withdrawal of faking the email allegation… Jenkins really annoyed.. #
  • Rudd rotates his chair, grinning as the Opposition indignantly demands withdrawal of imputation… Albanese talks of E-Security advice… #
  • Albanese says an education module for year 3-9 students advises them to beware of where they get information from…tables the doc for MT.. #
  • Just checked Stay Smart Online – http://twurl.nl/un7bhz – National E-Security Awareness Week was June 5-12! Albo rubbing it in with vigour. #
  • When you’re in a hole, stop digging, Albanese advises Turnbull. Speaker kicks Member for Solomon out of chamber. #
  • Swan asked question by Rowan Ramsey (Lib-Grey, SA) about treatment of car dealer in his electorate. Swan repeats standard response. #
  • Swan calls an interjector a “moron” and withdraws this very unparliamentary term… #
  • Swan says many messages from Grech went to his email because Grech hit “reply all”, others went to home fax, some to office, etc. #
  • Lindsay Tanner takes question from Sharon Bird (ALP-Cunningham, NSW) and talks of making computer records available to Federal Police… #
  • Tanner says Opposition has thus far not agreed to make their computer records available..Turnbull takes point of order against “Supt Tanner” #
  • RT @Pollytics: Coalition seems to have completely given up on Swan, now simply going through the motions and giving backbenchers head time. #
  • RT @godwingrech: nothing wrong with “reply all” esp. if you’re working late. I always cc Ken Henry in so he knows I work 100 hrs pw #
  • How’s you night-time gardening @godwingrech ? Are you on gardening leave yet? #
  • Tanner now sledging Opposition over their knowledge of the email…suggests they’re not co-operating with AFP…Abbott demands withdrawal… #
  • Judi Moylan (Lib-Pearce, WA) demands withdrawal of imputations… Jenkins defends “robust nature” of the House… #
  • Tanner quotes Abbott describing Turnbull as a “bit of a volcano”… #
  • Turnbull asks Swan how many car dealers he spoke with on the phone. Swan says he spoke to John Grant for 2 mins and referred him on to DLO.. #
  • The House is actually very quiet today, although volatile and subject to sporadic aggro. Speaker Jenkins is clamping down hard. #
  • Swan will not say if he spoke to any other car dealers… focusses on “Opposition smears” and the fake email… #
  • Swan asks who in the Opposition knew about the fake email and when? Abbott says they’re happy to turn QT into Opposition Question Time… #
  • Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield, SA) asks Agriculture Minister tony Burke about climate projections…Burke says El Nino likely this year… #
  • Burke attacks Opp over support for Australian Rain Corporation, the company funded by Howard Govt in its dying days. Abbott jumps to feet.. #
  • RT @godwingrech: luckily for me I had 79 weeks of annual leave saved up, I think I’ll need it. #utegate #
  • RT @Pollytics: Turnbull can thank his lucky stars that the Mad Monk is doing Pyne’s job at the moment. #
  • Burke and Abbott jousting now over Aust Rain Corporation funding…$10m provided under previous govt…Burke says was done for govt mates.. #
  • Speaker Jenkins extracts withdrawal from John Cobb (NP-Calare, NSW) for a comment I didn’t catch on the broadcast… #
  • Abbott says he’s deeply offended by allegations of corruption…Tony Burke withdraws…Jenkins very severe…House subdued… #
  • Hockey asks Swan how many of 240 car dealers had their details faxed to Swan’s home…Swan says updates arrived in office and at home… #
  • Lindsay Tanner is asked a question by Julia Irwin (ALP-Fowler, NSW) about declaration of political donations. #
  • Tanner points out that the coalition is opposing legislation to re-instate the donations threshold raised by Howard govt. #
  • Tanner attacks Turnbull over his investments in Fortress group and donation of $76,000 from the company in 2006. Jenkins warns Tanner… #
  • Tanner says people who peddle accusations about probity should not be blocking reforms to political donations legislation… #
  • Speaker Jenkins ejects Bernie Ripoll (ALP-Oxley, Qld). Peter Dutton takes point of order against Tanner… #
  • Tanner calls on Turnbull to resign…Hockey repeats question to Swan about phone calls to car dealers and faxes to Swan’s home… #
  • RT @dalegoodridge: Is this going to develop into a fistfight? #
  • Well, Tony Abbott used to do a bit of boxing before he tried the priesthoood… @dalegoodridge #
  • And John Howard delivered the knockout punch to Peter Costello some years ago… @dalegoodridge #
  • Kirsten Livermore (ALP-Capricornia, Qld) asks Health Minister Roxon about alcopops legislation and coalition backdown in the Senate… #
  • Roxon says no Liberals actually voted in favour of the legislation but 4 of them crossed the floor to vote against… #
  • Darren Chester (NP-Gippsland, Vic) takes exception to imputation that he accepted donations from alcohol interests during 2008 by-election. #
  • Roxon claims Chester’s campaign was funded by distillers. Nats leader Truss demands withdrawal…Roxon says Sen.Boswell won’t support bill. #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd question about June 4 statement on Bennelong car dealer’s representations. Rudd deplores the “politics of smear”… #
  • Albanese takes a question on infrastructure funding…talks of Bob Baldwin (Lib-Paterson, NSW) and classroom quote in his electorate… #
  • Albanese is talking about Bob’s Farm Public School…extraordinary name…and a quote for building work…says Baldwin hasn’t checked facts #
  • Hockey asks Swan about car dealer contacts…again…will Swan advise how many dealers had their phone numbers handed to Ford Credit? #
  • RT @marghutton: These Empty Scandals Are The Real Scandal – http://bit.ly/G3674 #
  • Brett Raguse (ALP-Forde, Qld) asks Rudd a question about obstacles to reform in climate change…they’re covering all the bases today… #
  • Rudd itemises support from various groups and companies for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme…says Senate has re-ordered govt business #
  • Rudd says Opposition is seeking to delay CPRS vote because they fear they will “split right down the middle”… #
  • Rudd now goading Opposition over fake email…says the “senior statesmen of the Liberal Party”, such as Costello (!) should tap Turnbull… #
  • Rudd ends Question Time and Health Minister Roxon makes statement about another death from H1N1 – 35yo Colac man. #
  • Roxon says man had underlying conditions and died from respiratory disease. #
  • Tweet about OzCar and you get Florida Ford dealerships following you…this automation one of the more irritating things on Twitter. #
  • RT @mr_billiam: it’s not automated. They’re seeking representation to get funding from the Aust federal govt. Didn’t you get the email? #
  • Watching http://blip.tv/file/2264258 by @geehall1 – footage from last week’s #tweetupmellers RT @trevoryoung @angesbiz @rebeccamezzino et al #
  • RT @SBSNews: The PM has been invited to drive the ute made famous by the OzCar controversy in an outback rally – http://cli.gs/m791v3 #
  • ABC TV news is reporting exclusively at this moment that Godwin Grech has a history of supplying information to the Liberal Party… #
  • ABC claims Grech “routinely provided” the Howard government with “off line” information about Treasury activities… #
  • ABC claims Grech supplied information to the Liberal Party on the Rudd government’s FuelWatch scheme and the bank deposit guarantee scheme. #
  • ABC TV news says the Rudd government has believed there is a mole in Treasury for some time and Grech has been under watch. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: ABC news reveals what many suspected – Grech is being investigated for being the Coalition’s Treasury mole. #
  • @mikestuchbery I read somewhere his neighbours say he does his gardening in the dark. Looks like Gardening Leave is his best chance now. in reply to mikestuchbery #
  • I wish I was Kevin Rudd tonight so I could laugh myself to sleep… #
  • 7.30 Report begins with so-called #utegate story. O’Brien repeats ABC News story of Grech as Liberal Party mole… #
  • “Good aft..er…noooon, Mr. Rudd,” the school children chant to a beaming Prime Minister…cut to Tony Abbott saying Turnbull will cooperate #
  • Michael Brissenden on 7.30 Report describes Grech as “nervous, diminutive” whilst recounting the history of Grech’s time in Canberra… #
  • Joe Hockey’s 2001 Parliamentary speech thanking Grech and others is shown again…even a speech in the House can look suss… #
  • Brissenden repeats ABC News claim that a “senior Liberal” has said Grech has been supplying Turnbull with information for some time… #
  • Brissenden says legitimate questions to Swan were deflected easily today…Turnbull says Swan has misled the House and must resign… #
  • Malcolm Turnbull: “Molecatcher” #
  • I hope Godwin Grech doesn’t have a pet cat… #
  • @theburgerman Don’t you think it was obvious by Sat. morning? As soon as I heard Steve Lewis didn’t have the email he was promising on Fri. in reply to theburgerman #
  • Meanwhile, in the mother of Parliaments: RT @Politics_co_uk: Analysis: A disaster for parliament? – http://tinyurl.com/lfsyts #
  • @theburgerman They obviously got used to relying on Godwin! in reply to theburgerman #
  • A real scandal that is still with us – http://twurl.nl/vwyou4 – John Dean slams Watergate revisionists. #
  • Web Pries Lid of Censorship by Iranian Government – http://twurl.nl/l8c86b – NYT report #
  • An Overlooked Force in Iran – http://twurl.nl/f46icx – Anne Applebaum says it’s not Obama or Twitter, but women, who pose a long-term threat #
  • Ideas Online, Tes, but Some Not So Presidential – http://twurl.nl/s0ulhc – report on Obama’s online policy innovation http://twurl.nl/2ajx53 #
  • make that … Yes… #
  • Kodak retires Kodachrome – http://twurl.nl/nrdl18 #
  • Life and Death in Tehran – http://twurl.nl/6h0x5v – Roger Cohen, New York Times. #
  • Joe Hockey being interviewed by Tony Jones on Lateline. He won’t discuss conversations with Turnbull about Grech… #
  • Hockey looking very uncomfortable and defensive…Reprises lines about Labor senators shutting down Grech last Friday… #
  • Jones reminds Hockey that Grech qualified his memory. Hockey says journalists print stories on much less. #
  • Jones asks: surely you want to know the extent of Turnbull’s links with Grech because you may need to defend him soon? #
  • Hockey: I want to know about Swan’s connections… the police will do their job… #
  • Jones: Was Grech a source of information to the Liberal Party? Hockey: We get information from many sources… #
  • Hockey: We’re not in business of revealing sources… #
  • Jones asks about Uhlmann reporting that “Liberal sources” said Grech was a source of information for Liberal Party. #
  • Hockey says Libs will not compromise their ability to question government by revealing sources… then says he has no detailed knowledge… #
  • Jones: Have police directed you not to talk about this? Hockey: No. #
  • Jones: Are you worried you may have done something illegal? Hockey: No. #
  • Hockey says Libs have no greater insight into fake email than anyone else. #
  • Jones: Then how did you know the text of the email? #
  • Hockey: There was a lot of talk around Parlt House… #
  • Jones: What was your relationship with Godwin Grech? You worked closely with him in 2001. #
  • Hockey: About 10 years ago Grech filled a short-term vacancy as Departmental Liaison Officer. It didn’t work out. #
  • Jones: But you thanked him. Hockey: I did but there were a number of public servants involved. #
  • Jones says Liberals are backgrounding journalists. Hockey says they should identify their sources. #
  • Hockey sweating under the TV lights… #
  • Hockey says there will be full co-operation with the Federal Police. Jones asks whether this involves revealing sources. #
  • Jones asks whether Hockey accepts equal responsibility for the past few days. Hockey says he’s part of a team. #
  • Jones asks about qualms over tactics of the past week. Hockey talks of Swan’s treatment of John Grant. #
  • Jones: A week is a very long time in politics? #
  • Hockey: A day is a long time, that’s why I love politics. #
  • Jones: Is it too late for Costello to change his mind? #
  • Hockey: He’s announced his retirement. We all have to pull up stumps sometime… #
  • Hockey: The game moves on… this is politics… #
  • Jones concludes his interview by Hockey, saying “it’s been interesting”. #
  • Turnbull caught in OzCar spotlight – http://twurl.nl/gly82c – ABC’s Chris Uhlmann’s report with video links #
  • Who is Godwin Grech – http://twurl.nl/lywvcz – some interesting and funny observations from a collection of Canberra commenters – RiotAct #
  • RT @cnnbrk: Entertainer Ed McMahon has died at age 86. He gained fame as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show.” #
  • RT @jennyluca: RT @mfarnsworth: Who is Godwin Grech – http://twurl.nl/lywvcz – comments make me feel quite sorry for him. Is he the patsy? #
  • RT @jennyluca: Just to clarify, last comments after link on previous post were mine and not @mfarnsworth’s #
  • The last man who claimed to be a patsy got shot the next day… @jennyluca #