Twitter Updates

  • Retweeting and Political Activism – http://twurl.nl/fzr581 – the psychology of viral tweeting. #
  • NSW MPs angered over Upper House lockout – http://twurl.nl/15tc48 – waiting for the “ringing of the long bell”… #
  • Question Time begins in the House of Reps with a question to Rudd about a fundraiser in 2002 with John Grant to raise funds for legal costs. #
  • Rudd says a Ban Aircraft group raised funds to pay for costs he incurred as part of a lobbying campaign… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Quest. Rudd over airport noise issue will look ridiculous when it’s widely known in Qld that he was rep. his constituents! #
  • Rudd says he lost a court case fighting a campaign againt airport noise and local community groups raised funds to pay legal costs #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Rudd says Grant came to a rubber chicken dinner for him and may have bought an auction item. #
  • Rudd now onto how the fake email was disseminated…says this is vastly different from his own activities as a local member… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Vigorous dead spider from Rudd. Getting riled. Says MT didn’t have the courage to ask the question. #
  • Damian Hale (ALP-Solomon, NT) asks Rudd about latest OECD report and state of the economy… #
  • Rudd repeats now standard lines about Aust. weathering the GFC better than comparable countries…2nd lowest unemployment & debt. #
  • Rudd says contraction in Aust. economy is lower than OECD as a whole… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: And suddenly it’s slide night. Amazing that Krudd can give the impression of Powerpoint using voice alone. #
  • We laugh at the language and style of Rudd delivering these statistics to Parlt but they are also the bedrock of his political position… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: OECD report like a big box of chocolates for the PM. ripping his way through the pralines and heading for the soft centres #
  • Rudd now praising role of local government in the “nation building for recovery plan”… #
  • Meanwhile, elsewhere …RT @sarahinthesen8: sitting in the chamber, enduring the last Question Time in the Senate before the winter break… #
  • Abbott asks Rudd whether when in China he provided assistance to Aussie Rent, a company owned by John Grant… #
  • Rudd says he has no idea what Abbott is referring to…attacks politics of smear from the Libs… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: “I stress that I’m not making an accusation”. People Skills in ‘umble servant mode. Quite entrancing. #
  • RT @rod3000: Where’s Malcolm? #
  • Janelle Saffin (ALP-Page, NSW) asks Swan for update on economic matters…Swan says Aust. one of strongest performing economies in world… #
  • …but we’re “not out of the woods” yet… #
  • Swan now quoting OECD report’s support for government’s stimulus strategy…this report is the icing on the cake for the govt on final day.. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Janelle Saffin; Any chance of some key economic indicators, Wayne? #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Wayne Swan: As it happens, Janelle, I am in a position to oblige #
  • Hockey asks Swan question about Ozcar…surprise…how many car dealers did he speak to on the phone? You only spoke to one, didn’t you? #
  • Swan: I spoke to Grant for about 2 minutes…other car dealers received similar treatment to Grant… #
  • James Bidgood (ALP-Dawson, Qld) asks Albanese about partnerships with local government… a cheerful Leader of the House bounces up… #
  • Nearly 2.30 and Turnbull hasn’t asked a single question yet… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Crazy James Bidgood asks a Dorothy Dix of Albanese. No pix!! #
  • An interest in commercial photography & belief in the “end days” is presumably the basis of “crazy” allegation from @annabelcrabb#
  • Hockey asks Swan at what point it becomes odd to hand over the phone number of PM’s “benefactor & friend” to Ford Credit… #
  • Swan, obviously feeling secure at the end of what was potentially a bad week, calls Hockey “sloppy Joe” and launches into the usual… #
  • Julia Irwin (ALP-Fowler, NSW) asks Finance Minister Tanner about productivity… #
  • Tanner says Aust productivity is not as good as it should be… but govt is investing in long-term infrastructure, Broadband & skills. #
  • Tanner says investment in renewable energy, research and development & regulatory reform will lift productivity… #
  • …Meanwhile, Tanner says, the Liberals are not interested in these issues… we had a lost decade under them on investment and productivity #
  • @Nana_Mex I don’t normally do *waves* but will make exception for you and @marghuttonin reply to Nana_Mex #
  • 40 minutes in and Turnbull rises to ask his first question… is met by roars and interjections… #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd if he agrees with Tanner assessment on TV last night of OzCar “connections”…itemises the list of Grant connections… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull has “holed” his integrity during this past week…as public expects a policy debate, they haven’t asked a single policy Q #
  • Rudd: We’re getting on with the job… Libs are wasting the nation’s time… politics of fear and smear… etc. #
  • Rudd: This leader of the Opposition is no longer sustainable in his position… #
  • Rudd: Hockey has walked away from his leader…when you’re in a scrap the last person you want behind you is Member for Nth Sydney… #
  • Rudd: We have a Leader of the Opposition slowly sinking beneath the waves… #
  • Jon Sullivan (ALP-Longman, Qld) asks Rudd for an update on the situation in Iran…good gracious, are we interested in that? #
  • Rudd condemns the crackdown by the regime in Tehran… #
  • Rudd says Aust supports Obama’s diplomacy with Iran absolutely… #
  • Rudd: an appalling travesty of democracy taking place in Iran… #
  • Turnbull supports Rudd’s comments on Iran… #
  • Bruce Scott (Nat-Maranoa, Qld) asks about a car dealer who claims to have received no assistance from govt. Does Swan stand by claims…? #
  • Swan says that dealer did not contact me… I will follow it up… #
  • Darren Cheeseman (ALP-Corangamite, Vic) asks Tanya Plibersek about housing construction… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Iranians dying in quest for democracy. Aust dem. usefully occ. in “Herbie Goes Bananas” style chase after 2nd hand ute. #
  • Yes! … RT @BernardKeane: Did Swanee just blame Grech’s absence for inaction? #
  • Turnbull asks his second question to Rudd about Swan’s AM interview this morning – http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2607899.htm #
  • Turnbull: Is the only way to have all the questions answered to have a judicial inquiry? #
  • Rudd launches attack on Turnbull for saying he will not provide his computer records to the AFP… many questions hang over his head now… #
  • Jim Turnout (ALP-Leichhardt, Qld) asks Warren Snowdon a question about service delivery… #
  • …I wasn’t listening properly…it was a climate change question… #
  • and it’s Turnour, not Turnout… this is the last day… #
  • Snowdon says Opposition is a “cabal of fakers and sceptics”… #
  • Speaker Jenkins says he’s amazed by the appalling behaviour of the Opposition… #
  • Julie Bishop asks about fake email being created on a Treasury computer and then deleted after being sent to Grech…AFP didn’t say this… #
  • Tanner says AFP media statement suggests Bishop doesn’t know what she’s talking about… [it did refer to forensic evidence] #
  • Bishop seeks to table AFP statement…leave not granted… Opposition getting loud now… #
  • Shayne Neumann (ALP-Blair, Qld) asks Agriculture Minister Tony Burke about export subsidies… #
  • Robert Oakeshott (Ind-Lyne, NSW) asks Rudd about climate change and electricity…can you explain view on national tariff scheme… #
  • Rudd says Oakeshott gave a Kennedy-esque introduction to his question… good relations with country independents never hurts… #
  • I feel very ignorant…Rudd giving a complex answer about electricity, renewable energy certificates, et al… #
  • Jill Hall (ALP-Shortland, NSW) asks Jenny Macklin a question about pensions… #
  • Macklin quoting from report showing Howard govt neglected pensioners for “12 long years”… shame on them, she says… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Kev mow chatting with Oakeshott and Windsor. #
  • There is no heat in today’s Question Time…the govt is rampant, the Libs subdued…let’s all go home… #
  • Julie Bishop asks Rudd about Auditor-General’s investigation of OzCar…will all reports be tabled in Parliament? #
  • Rudd: The Auditor operates independently, as does the AFP… the Opp should co-operate fully with those investigations. #
  • Melissa Parke (ALP-Fremantle, WA) asks Martin Ferguson about Internation Renewable Energy Agency… Mar’n says he off overseas to sign up… #
  • Ferguson has a go at Greg Hunt over his lack of achievement in the energy debate… #
  • Turnbull looking intently at Ferguson as he attacks the Opp. Abbott takes point of order that Ferguson is being irrelevant… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: That raises th’issue ‘f certainty, Mist Speaker. #
  • Speaker Jenkins tells Ferguson to wrap up… Albanese can be heard saying “keep going Martin”… #
  • Julie Bishop asks Attorney-General McClelland about independent police investigation. Has A-G given any updates on inquiry to Tanner? #
  • McClelland: No. #
  • Dick Adams (ALP-Lyons, Tas) asks Tony Burke about protecting flora and fauna… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Opposition now into hand-written questions cos we’ve gone over 20. You can tell they’re struggling. #
  • Burke says business wants certainty but the Opposition’s divisions are making that difficult… #
  • Burke waves Quarterly Essay by @annabelcrabb and starts cracking lines about dead cats… #
  • Burke attempts to talk about dead cats… Abbott moves that he be no longer heard… the House divides. #
  • This is all your fault @annabelcrabb#
  • The story of the cat can be found on pages 30-34 of “Stop at Nothing” by @annabelcrabbhttp://twurl.nl/zbgsw8 #
  • … and I’m not even getting an affiliate commission for promoting that… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: While we’re waiting… http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/Blogs/DogBlogs/tabid/104/Default.aspx #
  • Quote about Turnbull from the late Senator Jim McClelland, known as “Diamond Jim”, whose step-daughter owned the cat in question… #
  • “He’s a turd. He’s easy to loathe, he’s a shit, he’d devour anyone for breakfast, he’s on the make, he’s cynical, he’s offensively smug.” #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Division still in progress. If this was the Senate the Greens would have tried to bring a cat in by now. #
  • The division is over, the motion to gag Burke defeated… Question Time resumes… #
  • Burke says he is aware of potential threats to Jasper the Cat at the Lodge and if anything happens then questions will be asked… #
  • Rudd ends Question Time… #
  • Turnbull can be heard saying Burke made a “grubby” imputation… Jenkins says he doesn’t know Turnbull is referring to.. #
  • Abbott says it was a smear directed at Turnbull and should be withdrawn… #
  • Speaker Jenkins seems reluctant to involve himself but asks Burke to consider withdrawing… #
  • Albanese says Opp has been grubby all week… #
  • Burke withdraws on request of the Speaker… #
  • Albanese asks Julie Bishop to withdraw something she said (anyone hear?) and she does so… #
  • It’s all good fun… but thank god it’s over for 6 weeks… Albanese tells the House they can probably adjourn at the normal time tonight… #
  • RT: @JasperTheCat: Oh fuck, now I’m in Hansard. #
  • RT @dfg77: @mfarnsworth JB called him a grub I think. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: And that’s all folks! Going for a scalding shower. #
  • RT @Pollytics: More withdrawals than prom night at New England Catholic College. #
  • Plibersek announces that Ron Silberberg from Housing Industry Association is retiring. She and Abbott pay tribute… #
  • But there’s no love lost between the HIA and the ALP going back to the Keating days… #
  • Nixon: The unexpurgated words of a President close to the edge – http://twurl.nl/gvjnyq – Nixon-ophiles are devouring 150 hours of new tapes #
  • A First Lady Who Demands Substance – http://twurl.nl/iib6wn – a social or political role for Michelle Obama? #
  • For Republicans, A Long Winter Gets Longer – http://twurl.nl/xkxs1d – hands up junior Jaycees presidents in Memphis… #
  • RT @AndrewBartlett: Amnesty International – http://tiny.cc/msKra – 21 killings confirmed by state media #iranelection #
  • @RicRaftis Happy birthday to you..happy birthday to you.. in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Watching Tim Gartrell and John Hewson on timeshift… #
  • Gartrell points out that the govt is now beginning to “frame” Turnbull for the election… #lateline #
  • @danupoyner The reason is the last Saturday in November 2010… in reply to danupoyner #
  • Gartrell says there is no alternative to Turnbull as Liberal leader for the next election #lateline #
  • Hewson says Turnbull has to make his possible weaknesses – eg.impetuosity – into strengths… #lateline #
  • Jones asks about reports that Liberal leadership circle was opposed to using the email…Hewson says easy to be wise after the event. #
  • Gartrell asks why Turnbull was so involved in lead-up to email fracas…didn’t firewall Turnbull or the party… #
  • Hewson agrees and recounts slower process in tackling Keating minister Richardson in early 1990s… checking docs, using Senate, etc. #
  • Jones asks about Eric Abetz meeting with Grech before Senate testimony…propriety? Coaching of witness? #lateline #
  • Gartrell makes the simple point that the government has come out of the week much stronger but cautions against early election #lateline #
  • Jones asks about Feb-March double dissolution possibility but Gartrell thinks Aug 2010 more likely. #lateline #
  • Hewson maintains early election possibility is high and says the worst economic news is still to come. #lateline #
  • Jones asks if govt has learnt a lesson from Wayne Swan Ozcar affair…Gartrell thinks the case against Swan is thin anyway. #lateline #
  • @RicRaftis Hewson makes a living out of political commentary, especially on Sky. I treat him like one of the family… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • “I’ve been hiking on the Appalachian Trail” – http://twurl.nl/g7sr5n …must remember that one… #
  • RT @washingtonpost: Flip through our ‘History of Political Sex Scandals’ graphic – http://tr.im/pIgr #sanford #