My Latest Twitter Updates

  • @lyndons At least Laurie knows the difference between senators and MLCs… in reply to lyndons #
  • Another anecdote from Niki Savva's new book: in the 1970s she innocently wrote about the Nats MP Ralph Hunt, known as "Mike's brother"… #
  • @TerriCook I'm not going anywhere at 8.45 on a Sunday morning! in reply to TerriCook #
  • @chatsbury It's time to reset those automatic recording devices. They're ALL back next Sunday. in reply to chatsbury #
  • RT @chatsbury: I know – have booked myself into a city hotel for my last media free weekend and pampering so I am ready for the onslaught #
  • @chatsbury Perhaps I should check into the Windsor to celebrate the return of Lateline?! in reply to chatsbury #
  • Savva on Parlt House: "vast, impersonal new building, with corridors more clinical & more forbidding than those in modern psychiatric wards" #
  • RT @bestqualitycrab: Its not just the newspapers that can't spell: http://bit.ly/cX8u78 #
  • Glenn Milne thinks Julia Gillard has hit a political home-run with My School: http://bit.ly/aFJ4o2 #
  • @smurray38 A Greek friend of mine says the family photo album in the book is practically identical to his! in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 Yes, "months later" is an uncharacteristic slip but she was deeply in love at the time… in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 I haven't heard the description of the "Star Chamber" on p106 before. I wonder what the current expression is? in reply to smurray38 #
  • Rudd humour: "An election I think, Laurie, is due, so I'm advised, by April of 2011. I think on the balance of probabilities… (cont) #
  • … "it's probably due in 2010." #
  • @kendialup Thanks for that – it's not such a snore, more of a campaign strategy outlined… in reply to kendialup #
  • @WNBSprague 0.94% is what makes him potential roadkill… http://bit.ly/bumO4r in reply to WNBSprague #
  • It's 35C in Melbourne but January's all but over, only 1 month of summer left, February's only 28 days – any other glass half-full thoughts? #
  • Tony Abbott has just emailed me to say he's relying on my support this year. Ok, I #
  • see…. I can't even keep my hands still when I'm helping the Liberal Party… I was going to post this link for Tony: http://bit.ly/cecd5Q #
  • @WNBSprague Indeed – he's going to be preoccupied on two fronts. in reply to WNBSprague #
  • Well, he did play Nixon once… RT @zombiemao: Actor 'Rip' Torn, 78, Charged With Breaking Into A Bank While Carrying Loaded Gun, Drunk. #
  • @Colvinius Is this the first time you've objected to a leak? in reply to Colvinius #
  • One Year Down, a Presidency Yet to Go: http://bit.ly/d3QWmu – the first year for the 7 presidents before Obama, by people who were there. #
  • "I'd rather be shot than have to do that for the rest of my life": http://bit.ly/cPyW4i – Are you happy with your job? #
  • @BiteTheDust Thought-provoking, isn't it? A piece to make you look in the mirror. #
  • Now Henry Paulson's written a book… and didn't take to Palin calling him Hank: http://bit.ly/aSXNwn #
  • RT @PeterBlackQUT: another good piece on the us supreme court … "What happens when justices get personal" http://j.mp/boSoIB #
  • The full list of former MPs "forced" to pay back travel expenses is here: http://bit.ly/bLEw8R – can't you tell the year has started now? #
  • And how exactly did William Wentworth repay his $118.79 Comcar bill? http://bit.ly/bLEw8R #
  • @smurray38 A gymnastic feat equal to his fast footwork in stabbing John Howard in the back in 1989… in reply to smurray38 #
  • If this is the full list of repayment amounts over the past decade, the scheme seems to be working pretty well: http://bit.ly/bLEw8R #
  • RT @JanetteHowardPM: You would think Peter (King) would know better than letting family use his benefits, considering how he left Parliament #
  • RT @JanetteHowardPM: You would think Peter (Reith) would know better than letting family use his benefits, considering how he left Parlt #
  • Reith, not King!!!! It's late… #
  • @JanetteHowardPM And Lady Mavys Opperman should have been told "on yer bike"… in reply to JanetteHowardPM #
  • @smurray38 But why on earth does O'Chee need valet parking at Brisbane Airport? Pompous twerp! in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 At least the SMH list is dated Nov07-Dec08 – the HS list deals with people who died in 03 & 06 so who knows what period it covers in reply to smurray38 #
  • @Colvinius Surely you can't expect Bruce Goodluck to drive his own car to pick up the Order of Croatia? Be reasonable! in reply to Colvinius #
  • @KJBar Yes, notwithstanding the fair point raised by @Colvinius, it's a bipartisan beat-up from Melbourne's journal of record… in reply to KJBar #
  • @Colvinius O'Chee was Senator 1990-99, defeated aged 34 and now on full pension…Opperman was a minister under Menzies so widow qualifies.. in reply to Colvinius #
  • It's the grief… RT @smurray38: & Mrs McLeay keeping her hand out, even after Mr M left parlt in 81, and died in 2000 #
  • @Colvinius At least in Victoria we used to have the Parlt. Cemeteries Committees to allow the old shellbacks to keep their noses in trough in reply to Colvinius #
  • @Colvinius I'm not defending the system of benefits as such but this is just another beat-up by a junk newspaper trivialising politics… in reply to Colvinius #
  • Just like this junk report in another junk paper: http://bit.ly/9tIbna (via @zombiemao) #
  • RT @jamesmassola: we should pay our pollies more – they work hard – but scrap perks like gold pass. #
  • @jamesmassola Ok, I'll accept that but you can't tell me the Herald-Sun is interested in seriously analysing this issue. in reply to jamesmassola #
  • @jamesmassola and they'd never support a pay rise for MPs. in reply to jamesmassola #
  • @G_Parker Twitter very helpful in pointing me to material in US journals – Slate, New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker In past few months I've really cleaned out who I follow so I maximise flow of good links. Can't find it all myself, time, etc. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Long-form journalism. Eg Boston Globe had superb piece on Mass. Senate election 2 days after it happened – nothing like that here. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Also coverage of international news – Iran, Iraq, etc in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker But my special interest is commentary. Brooks, Dowd, Collins, Friedman, Krugman, Blow, Rich, et al are required reading for me. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker See my tweets from earlier this evening – BG had a piece on 3 people serving in army, CIA, etc – we get nothing like that here. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Also the discussion in those papers (and specialist websites) on technology issues is far superior to most of what we get here. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker I subscribe to The New Republic. I use The Economist and Wall Street Journal emails to fill out my diet. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Like most of the people I follow, I am utterly atypical as a media consumer, a news junkie, no interest in sport, celebrity gossip in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Take this piece http://bit.ly/cDKpjt tweeted by @mfullilove – very rare to see anything like this in an Aust newspaper. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker I use PressDisplay.com to read Aust newspapers now – $10/month. For first time in 35 years, I only buy newspapers on weekend. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @BiteTheDust My dirty secret is that I love reading The Sun. I like quality trash! But I try not to rely on it…! in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • @G_Parker Lets you read the front page of hundreds of papers worldwide. Costs $9.95US for full access to 31 editions per month. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker The Aust and The Age have the same system available. Free standalone software (PressReader) is best way to do it. Also iPhone app. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker That's why I went to PressDisplay – about 40 cents/paper and I can mix and match, don't have to get the same one each day. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker Would be intriguing to know their subscription numbers. Surprises me that few people know about it. in reply to G_Parker #
  • @G_Parker And it's very readable on a big wide screen. I often have breakfast that way! in reply to G_Parker #
  • Classic front page: Scratchies on top one third, tennis, a sex monster and rorting pollies: http://twitpic.com/10pdbl – earns my respect… #
  • @G_Parker I know that!! What did Mencken say? in reply to G_Parker #
  • @BiteTheDust That kind of thing only happens in NSW and Qld. We're much too nice down here… in reply to BiteTheDust #

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