My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Harry Evans, former Clerk of the Senate is now taking media questions at the National Press Club… #
  • Harry Evans: Would like to see Senate committees given more freedom to initiate their own inquiries without a formal reference from Senate. #
  • Evans asked who he has caused the most trouble for and who has caused him the most trouble… #
  • Evans: Govts and ministers should be "afraid" of the Senate.. we have suggested new procedures.. #
  • Evans: A PM who "lives around Bankstown" was enraged when we attacked dumping of bills at the end of a session. #
  • Evans asked for reasons why party discipline has tightened… "tempted to say it all gets back to television"… #
  • Evans: Govts focussed on simple messages and everyone staying on message… afraid of being caught off-message… #
  • Evans asked to name some of the more notable and memorable characters from the Senate… #
  • Evans: Lionel Murphy a great character, genuinely interested in accountability, used to ask for US congressional transcripts… #
  • Evans: John Wheeldon, the most brilliant orator the Parlt has had – independent spirit. #
  • Evans: 'Diamond Jim' McClelland – independent – killed of Whitlam's national compensation scheme in committee. #
  • Evans: Ivor Greenwood, brilliant and tragic figure on the Liberal side. #
  • Evans: Andrew Murray, Democrats senator, did more for accountability in my time than anyone else. #
  • Evans: There are brilliant characters in the Senate now but they are keeping their brilliance hidden…trained not to stand out now… #
  • Evans mentions AWB "wheatgate" affair – says the lid was kept on this because the govt had a majority at the time. #
  • @mishaschubert asks Evans about possibility of turning back political culture to a time when members were not automatons… #
  • Evans: there is a big difference in political cultures with countries we like to compare ourselves with. Blair got trouble from own side. #
  • Evans asked if Senate would function better without ministers – he is ambivalent about this. Having ministers is handy – "friends at court". #
  • Evans: Public servants often say, "they're playing politics in there". I say, "get used to it, that's what happens in Parliament". #
  • Evans Press Club appearance has concluded… #
  • Some political anniversaries today and tomorrow: Bob Hawke's 80th birthday today – over 26 years since he was elected, 18 yrs since eviction #
  • Tomorrow, Dec 10, is the 60th anniversary of the modern Liberal Party's first federal election win in 1949 under Robert Menzies (later Sir) #
  • Andrew Revkin, New York Times environment reporter, is being interviewed by Tony Jones on #lateline – draft agreement has been leaked. #
  • Anyone know the hashtag for Copenhagen? #
  • Thanks @jomcleay @KJBar @JudeEkerick – Copenhagen hashtags: #COP15 or #COPoz #
  • RT @melanie_james: Opening film at #cop15 was dreadful whichever way you view it #lateline: here it is if you missed it http://bit.ly/7EGDsb #
  • @melanie_james I thought it was an episode of Wire in the Blood… in reply to melanie_james #
  • @MarkCroxford And how are you today, Barnaby Croxford?! in reply to MarkCroxford #
  • RT @MarkCroxford: I'm scouring my wardrobe for my old cardigans so I can emulate a super human accountant 😉 And you? #
  • @MarkCroxford I'm checking out a new pair of speedos to fast-track my application for Liberal Party membership… in reply to MarkCroxford #
  • A lingering pool of disbelief – front page of the Washington Post has report on Australian farmers and climate change http://bit.ly/MRF0X #
  • Despite a decade of record drought, Australian farmers refuse to buy into climate change – Washington Post front page: http://bit.ly/4yN3JD #
  • Global warming plagues Australia's Outback – http://bit.ly/82YSap – photo gallery from the Washington Post. #
  • RT @sendwine: #COP15 way over-worked – to state of being unusable! Thus need for #COPoz on Australian connections to #Copenhagen. #
  • RT @LisaMillar: http://twitpic.com/ss7mahttp://tinyurl.com/yhu6426 Pic of front page of WashPost to give sense of the size of the cover. #
  • That Wash Post story is very depressing reading for this product of a Murray River irrigation farming upbringing: http://bit.ly/4yN3JD #
  • Democrats choose woman to contest Kennedy's vacant Senate seat: http://bit.ly/5GuDYe #
  • RT @koopersmith: If you think that's depressing – WAPO published an op ed from PALIN! Obviously ghost written. Geez #
  • @koopersmith In Australian English "Sarah Palin" = "Pauline Hanson" … in reply to koopersmith #
  • Birds of a feather – http://bit.ly/8DRs3I – Auth cartoon. #
  • @BiteTheDust That's true – in Mildura we regarded ourselves as "country" whereas the "bush" was where you are! Still, it's a good article. in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • @BiteTheDust A blockie! My mother & brother are still on the block in Irymple. in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • @BiteTheDust Ah…I regarded Mildura as a cosmopolitan oasis whilst Kerang, Ouyen, etc were the Victorian outback! #
  • @BiteTheDust Tom Boatman not known to me but I'll mention the name to my mother. in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • Howard leaps from Hawke's birthday cake – http://bit.ly/7YyTV1 – why do I feel the need to cringe? #
  • @BiteTheDust Lime Ave. You're making me nostalgic now. And nearby Lemon Ave! in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • @BiteTheDust We live between 14th & 15th… I know it goes to 19th at least… in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • RT @pewresearch 57% of Americans say there is solid evidence the earth is warming — down from 71% in April 2008. http://bit.ly/7ytved #

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