Twitter Updates

  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun…Turnbull opens with question about Swan’s statements about John Grant… #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd if Swan has complied with the code of ministerial conduct… Rudd says Libs confidence in Turnbull is fading… #
  • Rudd says Libs pretending the crisis in their party isn’t there…Turnbull’s integrity and authority shattered…3 coalition policy splits.. #
  • Rudd quotes Hockey’s comments on Lateline about where the buck stops…”you don’t always agree with decisions of the team”… #
  • Hockey objects…”He doth protest too much,” Rudd says…Abbott takes point of order… #
  • Rudd is querying the loyalty being shown to Turnbull by Hockey and the Liberal caucus. Lists alcopops, CPRS and immigration as policy splits #
  • Agreed – a most remarkable interview … RT @Pollytics: The Hockey/Lateline interview – a veritable smorgasbord of political ammunition. #
  • If you didn’t see Joe Hockey’s interview on Lateline with Tony Jones, watch it here: http://twurl.nl/sm5qb7 – transcript not yet up. #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd whether he received a “detailed Treasury brief” in April on OzCar procedures… #
  • Rudd says the brief was on a different issue to that involving Swan and Grant. Rudd hammers argument that Turnbull has made reckless charges #
  • Rudd refers to “Mr Farr of the Gallery…a man of some respect and intelligence”… good reference for News Ltd’s Malcolm Farr. #
  • Abbott takes another point of order about time Rudd is taking – says he’s ignoring the Bennelong car dealer question. Rudd ploughs on… #
  • Rudd says senior Liberals should tap Turnbull on the shoulder and tell him it’s time to go… #
  • Mike Symon (ALP-Deakin, Vic) asks Rudd a question about climate change…Rudd takes his time leading up to coalition splits on this issue… #
  • Someone interjects to say temperatures have dropped this century…Rudd says this shows the decline in Turnbull’s authority… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: And that would be Dennis Jensen, believe it or not #
  • Rudd is ridiculing the Liberal climate change sceptics over their denial of rational science. Ian Macfarlane (Lib-Groom, Qld) interjects. #
  • Rudd enjoying himself…singles out Andrew Robb (Lib-Goldstein, Vic) as a climate change sceptic…Lib backbenches very animated over this. #
  • Rudd: I find it remarkable in this day and age they can still be questioning the climate change science… #
  • Rudd suggests Abbott is talking up his leadership prospects around the corridors… this is not the usual robotic Rudd we often see in Parlt #
  • Abbott says Rudd is “lowering the tone”…Rudd says it’s good to see him working on behalf of his constituent (Turnbull?) #
  • Hockey asks Swan about John Grant again… wasn’t he simply assessed simply on the basis of being the PM’s mate? #
  • I think Swan gave a one-word response and then sat down… Combet now answering a question about climate change… #
  • The govt. strategy in Question Time today is aimed at highlighting policy differences in the coalition and using this to undermine Turnbull. #
  • Combet singling out Dennis Jensen (Lib-Tangney, WA) as a climate change sceptic. Also names Abetz, Dutton, Haase, Cobb and some senators. #
  • RT @dfg77: Abbott’s constituent is Pat Farmer, who no longer lives in his Western Sydney electorate. #
  • Hockey asks Swan about an April 28 email suggesting that a car dealer received unfavourable treatment because he was in a Liberal electorate #
  • Turnbull interrupts Swan’s answer to move a censure motion against Swan… #
  • As Turnbull reads his motion, Albanese rises…brief confusion…Turnbull continues reading motion…is he about to be gagged? #
  • RT @Pollytics: Moving more motions this week than the morning after the night before of bad curry and cheap grog. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Oh. That’s an Oppn that’s run out of puff. #
  • Turnbull reading an extraordinarily long motion of censure itemising details of Swan, John Grant and OzCar… #
  • Albanese: “Mr Speaker, I move that the member be no longer heard” – this is known as the “gag” #
  • The House of Reps is now dividing on Albanese’s gag motion… will take several minutes… #
  • RT @sarahinthesen8: Introducing my private members bill on Gay Marriage this afternoon… around 3.45pm #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Brendan Nelson smiling genially but non-commitally at Labor calls for his return. #
  • Motion to gag Turnbull has been passed. Hockey rises to second the motion and is also gagged… #
  • RT @reversepr: #utegate Labor having gagged Turnbull, are now moving to gag Hockey too. No wonder the public is cynical about politics! #
  • Wake up @reversepr – this is standard procedure as you well know… I vaguely remember the Howard govt doing this a number of times.. #
  • The division completed, Turnbull’s attempt to move a censure motion against Swan has been defeated. Will Rudd continue with Questions? #
  • Question Time continues…Roger Price (ALP-Chifley, NSW) asks Albanese about something or other but Albanese has other things to say… #
  • Albanese says he’s never seen such a quiet reaction to a defeated motion from the Opposition… they know a dead cat, he says… #
  • Albanese says Libs passed up a chance to move a motion at another time… #
  • Albanese says watching Turnbull with Kieran Gilbert on @SkyNewsAust this morning was like seeing the ghost of Mark Latham… #
  • Albanese doing what a good Leader of the House does best…lambasting the Opposition…don’t let anyone tell you he’s not good at it… #
  • Abbott moves “that the Minister be no longer heard”. Jenkins takes a vote “on the voices”, declares “the No-s have it” but division called. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: OK this is getting farcical. #
  • The House of Reps is now dividing for the 4th time on a motion to gag Albanese. This will fail. Will Rudd continue with Question Time? #
  • All votes in the House are initially taken “on the voices” – “those in favour say aye, those against say no, I think the ayes have it”. #
  • A division is only called if a member calls for one. Most procedural motions are passed on the voices as is much legislation. #
  • In light of the week’s events and given that this is the last sitting week for 7 weeks, unsurprising there’s a bit of aggro around… #
  • The gag motion against Albanese is declared lost and members return to their sides of the House… #
  • Albanese continues his “answer”… #
  • Albanese says important migration detention legislation is before the House supported by some members opposite such as Petro Georgiou… #
  • Albanese says we’re also waiting on carbon emissions legislation to return from the Senate…but there is chaos from the rabble opposite… #
  • Albanese keeps a totally straight face throughout this ‘more in sorrow than anger’ attack on Turnbull… #
  • Amanda Rishworth (ALP-Kingston, SA) nods sympathetically as Albanese speaks… #
  • Hockey asks Swan whether John Grant received the same assistance as other car dealers…Swan stands 100% by previous statements… #
  • Swan says Hockey cut Turnbull “loose” in his Lateline interview… Turnbull is “swinging in the breeze”… #
  • Me too..RT @jayrosen_nyu: I am sure it would surprise some ..but a lot of what I do on Twitter I do for reasons of beauty. Or avoiding ugly. #
  • Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield, SA) asks Agriculture Minister about climate change and rain-making…no prizes for guessing where this goes… #
  • Tony Burke refers to Russian briefing papers on cloud-seeding…begins quoting story of Russians dropping a bag of cement on a house… #
  • Turnbull takes point of order and calls Burke a “moron”… withdraws… that’s two morons in two days… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Oh dear – the descent into complete farce is complete. #
  • Tony Abbott says Burke is abusing Question Time and moves that he be no longer heard…aye..no..the ayes have it…NO…RING THE BELLS…. #
  • And so the House divides for the 5th time during Questions on a motion to gag Agriculture Minister Burke…the motion will be defeated… #
  • Tactics question: will Rudd go along with these shenanigans beyond this point? Does he persist with Question Time or end it here? #
  • Speaker Jenkins gets confused about whether the motion was passed or “negatived”…Motion defeated, members return to their seats. #
  • Tony Burke continues… quotes Turnbull definition of corruption…Abbott takes point of order… #
  • @mr_billiam Politics is a slow boring of hard boards – Max Weber in reply to mr_billiam #
  • Turnbull moves for suspension of Standing Orders so that he can move a motion calling on the government to establish a judicial inquiry… #
  • Turnbull’s motion calls for OzCar judicial inquiry…like his previous motion it’s very long, itemising areas of inquiry… #
  • Albanese rises: “I move that the member be no longer heard.” #
  • The House is now dividing for the 6th time in the past hour… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: I like how Albo lets him go for a minute or two before killing it. #
  • In defence of what’s happening: yes, it’s farcical at one level, but everything in Parlt requires procedural clearance… #
  • …this is the only orderly way in which decisions can be made…it’s the same for all organisations who conduct meetings… #
  • …apologies for the mis-use of the “who” pronoun in last tweet… #
  • Speaker Jenkins asks whether the same motion has been moved twice and is this division in order… #
  • Albanese, speaking with papers on his head, an arcane procedure, argues that the motion is out of order…Jenkins concurs… #
  • The division is abandoned… #
  • Philip Ruddock asks Attorney-General McClelland about running commentary on Federal Police activities… #
  • Ruddock asks whether the presumption of innocence is still being applied to Godwin Grech… many ALP members suggest Ruddock has a cheek… #
  • RT @Pollytics: @TagAlongTess Because the person speaking cant have “the call” (there isnt one), they hold the paper above the head to speak. #
  • McClelland says statement from the Federal Police was entirely their own decision and there was no interference… #
  • Health Minister Roxon takes a question on paid maternity leave… #
  • RT @TagAlongTess: Thanks @pollytics @bernardkeane and @mfarnsworth for your explanations! 🙂 #
  • Old political saying: “Never explain, never complain, never resign”… @TagAlongTess #
  • Tony Windsor (Ind-New England, NSW) asks Rudd why renewable remote power assistance program has been abolished. #
  • Rudd reads a prepared answer…back to his rapid-fire delivery…and I’m too tired to keep up with it… #
  • Relentless and focussed as ever, Rudd turns the prepared answer to an attack on the Opposition over its emission trading stance… #
  • Greg Hunt takes point or order and is kicked out for 1 hour by Speaker Jenkins… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull’s authority on ETS and coalition disarray has a direct effect on Australian families and the policy debate… #
  • “Bring back Nelson,” a voice calls out… #
  • Jenkins ejects Joe Hockey for one hour under Standing Order 94A… #
  • Abbott asks if Jenkins will reconsider Hockey’s expulsion because he has an MPI listed in his name following Question Time… #
  • MPI = Matter of Public Importance – an opportunity for the Parliament to debate issues of the moment. #
  • RT @empatt: @mfarnsworth Don’t you ever get tired of the relentless focus it requires to stay current on these conversations? #
  • RT @Pollytics: How Julia Gillard must be wishing she was home. #
  • Albanese is answering a question but I was so relentlessly UNfocussed I missed it… #
  • RT @andrewsayer: I want 2 c u tweet “Rudd’s throwin’ punches! Turnbull’s at it too! Look out! Hockey’s come out of nowhere with a haymaker! #
  • Bring back Gough so he can chuck a glass of water… @andrewsayer #
  • @mr_billiam Federal-Local cooperation is so important…especially with all those pesky state Labor governments… in reply to mr_billiam #
  • Rudd: “It being ten to four, I ask that further questions be place on notice.” #
  • And then Rudd makes an inane comment about some sporting event tonight…he’s lost me now… #
  • Twitter vc CNN: Blood on the streets – http://twurl.nl/vsa8h0 – @ajkeen trusts CNN’s “saccharine irrelevance”, not “the chaos of Twitter”. #
  • RT @IdeasCulture: @mfarnsworth Hey there – what’s your wrap up of the day’s political activities? #
  • Govt up; Opposition down, still in the ring but punchdrunk. Will Kerry deliver the knock-out on 7.30 Report? #
  • Ideal for commenting on http://twurl.nl/116tsd RT @kirsty_wilson: Just acquired my own globally recognized avatar – http://en.gravatar.com #
  • RT @LiberalAus: Turnbull interview with Kieran Gilbert (Sky News) – Labor trying to escape a full inquiry – http://tinyurl.com/mbfhw5 #
  • RT @rod3000: @mfarnsworth how much further can Utegate go? #
  • It comes to an end tomorrow when Parlt gets up for the winter recess @rod3000 – Auditor’s report due July 31 could be of interest… #
  • But the political impact will go on longer… Rudd strengthened, Turnbull weakened @rod3000 #
  • Cartoon of the day: http://twurl.nl/50smsq #
  • ABC TV news says it has learned there will be an email trail linking Godwin Grech with Liberal Party members. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull is being interviewed by Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report…O’Brien says Swan has twice declined to appear this week… #
  • Turnbull bouncy and interrupting O’Brien’s intro… #
  • Turnbull says no-one in this town reveals their sources… repeats lines about whistleblowers… #
  • Turnbull says Albanese wouldn’t dare joke about Latham in front of Gillard… #
  • O’Brien queries Turnbull about not declaring a source when you’re making allegations against the government… #
  • Turnbull asked about personal relationship with Grech…says he’s a fine public servant… #
  • Turnbull says ALP doesn’t want to talk about real emails showing special treatment of John Grant… #
  • O’Brien persists with fake email questions…did you or any other Liberal have contact with Grech between June 4-19… Turnbull declines… #
  • Turnbull says it’s a lie they concocted the email because it was sent from the Treasury…says his allegations based on Senate testimony… #
  • O’Brien repeats question about contact with Grech between June 4-19…Turnbull says he won’t discuss Grech because of AFP investigation. #
  • Turnbull claims AFP inquiry details being leaked out by Labor as part of a political game… #
  • O’Brien: What is propriety & responsibliity of judicial inquiry where there is a police investigation ongoing with possibility of charges… #
  • Turnbull repeats calls for judicial inquiry… says it’s a separate issue from fake email issue which has a much narrower focus… #
  • Turnbull won’t be deflected from talking about Swan, Grant, etc… O’Brien persists with Grech & fake email… #
  • Turnbull trying to minimise attention on fake email and Grech links to Liberal Party…says whistleblowers not uncommon… #
  • O’Brien asks if Grech is a whistleblower… #
  • O’Brien asks Turnbull about confrontation with Andrew Charlton at Mid Winter Ball…Turnbull says it was a private conversation… #
  • O’Brien: how many other staffers do you confront with advice about their behaviour? #
  • Turnbull: It would be a good thing if I said it to most of them… #
  • A stalemate interview ends…Turnbull remained on-message but his forced joviality doesn’t ring true. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Better effort from Kezza. And is there ANY topic that Turnbull will discuss apart from Swanee? #
  • OECD Economic Outlook – http://twurl.nl/o3obec – OECD expects Aust economy to contract 0.4% in 2009, compared to 4.1% overall. #
  • The End of the Beginning – http://twurl.nl/4ei7y4 – Roger Cohen on Iran (NYT) #