My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Hawke talks of self-sacrifice and commitment of trade union movement after 1983 to bring about fundamental change in the Aust. economy. #
  • Bob Hawke: Education was fundamental to the new Australia. One third of kids completed secondary education when I came to office… #
  • Hawke: we targeted specific areas of need for education allowances… school retention rate went to 75%… nothing we can be prouder of… #
  • Hawke: every economist and economic institution says our reforms in 1980s is the basis of the strength of the economy today… #
  • Hawke talking now of ALP's role in ending apartheid in South Africa in 1980s… trade sanctions were not working… #
  • Hawke: I proposed an investment ban and that is now regarded as crucial to toppling apartheid in South Africa…quotes Mandela in support… #
  • Hawke says he is also particularly proud of decisions on Antarctica… #
  • Hawke says reacted with "bullshit" when he discovered Antarctic Treaty proposed allowing mining… #
  • Hawke talks of meeting with his "great friend Jacques Cousteau" and planning campaign against mining in Antarctic… #
  • Hawke: "enmeshment with Asia" was a crucial attitude… but the relationship with USA was vital "but not exclusive". #
  • Hawke: One of the great distinctions between ALP and conservatives is ability to discern "just" and "unjust war"… Vietnam, Iraq… #
  • Hawke: There are no heroes of war in the cemeteries of Aust who ask questions about the justness of Labor's foreign policies… #
  • Hawke: 2007 victory was absolutely essential if we were to have an equal and just society, one respected abroad… #
  • Hawke to Rudd: you have been confronted with economic challenges of financial crisis and climate change.. greater than any before… #
  • Hawke: The Labour movement and the ALP have been an enduring love of my life. I thank millions of people like yourselves for support… #
  • Hawke: I thank you for inspiration and sustenance… and thank you for this honour of life membership… #
  • Hawke calls for commitment to progress and survival of the Rudd government… #
  • A teary Hawke concludes his speech and shakes hands with Rudd, Gillard, Crean and others at the ALP National Conference in Sydney… #
  • Bob Hawke is receiving a long and standing ovation at the Sydney Convention Centre after receiving life membership of the ALP… #
  • RT @theburgerman: I remember one salient moment from the Hawke era in particular: http://bit.ly/AikTe #
  • Well, he did mention years of Lib rule… RT @babyexpat: Excellent reading your Hawkey tweets. I wish he had said something about regrets. #
  • @efficiencycoach Thanks for that… hope we have a few things in common. in reply to efficiencycoach #
  • Party snoozes off during Ruddfest – http://bit.ly/QSfoK – Annabel Crabb on the "Rudd-shaped party". #
  • RT @KevinRuddPM: Just presented Bob Hawke with ALP Life Membership… Hawkie made a big contribution to Oz like setting up Medicare. KRudd #
  • Penny Wong is fired up at the ALP Conference…not sure if there are interjectors in the room but she's putting the ETS policy to applause. #
  • Peter Garrett now speaking at ALP conference…commends Wong and recites list of environmental decisions over past 18 months… #
  • Australian democracy's mixed scorecard – http://bit.ly/otxzE – Norman Abjorensen says we are nowhere near as good as we like to think we are #
  • RT @shalailah: A dozen climate change protesters have taken to the floor at the ALP conference, forcing a relocation of the podium. #
  • A-PAC has stopped live broadcasting of the ALP Conference and is showing "highlights" (ie. Jenny Macklin) – is this related to the protest? #
  • Meanwhile… "Dazed Malcolm Turnbull still bleeding" – http://bit.ly/ksbAP – Laurie Oakes provides the best commentary of the day. #
  • Kevin Rudd's speech on Bob Hawke's ALP Life Membership – http://bit.ly/Iv2tr – and Simon Crean's – http://bit.ly/6jEBf #
  • Corazon Aquino (1933-2009) – http://bit.ly/1GqCK – now that's a political career by any measure. #
  • @jadecraven Blog title: JadeNotJaded.com? JadeNotCraven.com? You've got 2 names that lend themselves to wordplay. in reply to jadecraven #
  • Swan Songs? http://bit.ly/jzFRO The music recording industry could be decimated before Madonna's 60th birthday as access beats acquisition. #
  • Twitter defined at last…RT @John_Taylor: Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses. ~Margaret Millar #
  • Have Gun, Will Travel – http://bit.ly/4E93eV – Gail Collins on the endlessly fascinating looniness of Americans, guns and gun laws. #
  • Anger Has Its Place – http://bit.ly/1cc8s – Bob Herbert says the "teachable moment" delivered the wrong lessons. Powerful and convincing. #

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