My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Joyce: Our whole economy held captive by a colourless and odourless gas… #npc #
  • Joyce says $3.2 billion was spent on ceiling insulation, the stuff that rats and mice urinate on… #npc #
  • Dennis Atkins asks Joyce about how his support for $3.2 bn climate policy sits with not getting off-setting savings from his colleagues. #
  • Joyce: We will get those savings… but we need the Henry review so we can also assess the revenues. #npc #
  • Joyce: $120bn debt is owed to "real people overseas who really want the money back with sting". #npc #
  • Steve Lewis asks Joyce about the size of the public sector. Joyce mentions the "sneaky sector" of consultants… #npc #
  • Joyce asked about Debt Reduction Plan released by Coonan last year – still applicable? Yes, but everything will be reviewed. #npc #
  • Canberra Times reporter asks for specific numbers in public service… Joyce responds with a rambling answer about costs and debts. #npc #
  • RT @BernardKeane: @Pollytics I find it bizarre that anyone thinks this bloke is fit for a senior ministerial position. #
  • Joyce asked about means testing for health insurance rebate – responds with attack on Rudd over $100bn by 2050 figure… #npc #
  • Joyce says he's not amenable to means-testing the rebate until "they fix the public hospital system". #npc #
  • Submit a piece on mangled English to the Education Editor..RT @latikambourke: I'm trying to so hard to find an angle worth filing here. #npc #
  • Speers asks again about why they're bothering with a climate policy for a colourless, odourless gas… #npc #
  • Now Joyce says Rudd went to the election on a policy of "ease the squeeze"… I think that was Latham… #npc #
  • Joyce asked whether we're spending too much on foreign aid… says we have to be cautious about borrowing money to send back overseas. #npc #
  • Joyce on climate change: I'm not a scientist… I get concerned about the religious fervour…but more information is good information. #npc #
  • Joyce on climate change: we've created inherent cynicism in the community by only allowing one side of the debate. #npc #
  • Steve Lewis ends proceedings at the National Press Club, saying "time is on a sticky wicket". Joyce-isms are spreading… #npc #
  • Rudd launches an assault on Abbott's 7.30 Report interview last night. Read/view here: http://bit.ly/bBmARw #
  • Rudd: I always enjoy the interjections from the PhD for Flinders… #qt #
  • First Dorothy Dixer to Rudd asks for an update on the stimulus package… Abbott objects because a ministerial statement is coming… #qt #
  • Rudd begins a preview of the ministerial statement… reminds House of total global contraction over past year. We "uniquely grew". #qt #
  • Abbott demands a right of reply to Rudd on the grounds that we normally do that when celebrating anniversaries… #qt #
  • Speaker Jenkins says he doesn't want to grant indulgences too often… #qt Very medieval of him. #
  • Hockey thumps the 820 page report on the table and asks another question about electricity price rises: 7% or 18%? #
  • Swan takes a question on the stimulus – says its impact has been greater than the sum of its individual parts. #qt #
  • RT @jamesmassola: I wonder when – or if – the Opposition will ask about the Fitzgibbon/Liu story. #qt #
  • Swan says Hockey behaved like a "giant Tinkerbell" over the summer, wearing a crown and tutu on a TV show… #qt #
  • @MacYourselfhome Bugger… I fell for it again! in reply to MacYourselfhome #
  • At last a question for someone else – Albo is asked about rail infrastructure… #qt #
  • Albo laid the last sleeper at Acacia Ridge over the holidays… and guess who voted against the project last year? #qt #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Why oh why don't they take Luke Hartsuyker seriously? Why are they so unkind? #qt #
  • We desperately need a question for the Deputy Prime Minister. #qt #
  • Finally, a question to Gillard about My School… #qt #
  • @smurray38 I don't let anyone near my back channel… in reply to smurray38 #
  • Gillard: My School is changing the level of conversation in P&Cs from fundraising to school quality… #qt #
  • Gillard quotes a Principal who avoided a century's worth of lamington drives because of the stimulus money. #qt #
  • It's My School, not My Space, Gillard tells Abbott… #qt #
  • @Pollytics I think Forrest might have been spooked by the 13% swing to the ALP in Merbein in 2007… in reply to Pollytics #
  • Rudd gets another free run on climate change from Belinda Neal. Time to bring this show to a close today. #qt #
  • Rudd debunking Frontier Economics support for Abbott's climate change policy. That's most campaign bases covered today. #qt #
  • Hockey asks Speaker Jenkins about upgrade from IE6 on the government's computer system! Troubles accessing govt sites. #qt #
  • Albo tables a lengthy list of Opposition changes to committee memberships. Looks like Abbott is purging still. #
  • PM Rudd is making a ministerial statement on the economic stimulus plan, now a year old. #
  • Rudd has completed his 20-minute statement on the stimulus package. Abbott is now speaking… #
  • Abbott says voters don't like govts and PMs who are too pleased with themselves. Also says Rudd is talking about the past & 2050 but not now #
  • Abbott: This is a govt past its prime, redolent of an awareness of its political mortality… #
  • Abbott says Rudd can't explain his climate change policy… #
  • Now Abbott meanders off to talk about Rudd wanting to cancel Question Time today… he can't focus on any single message. #
  • Turnbull had this problem. His parliamentary speeches were unstructured and formless and his best came at the end. #
  • Abbott wanders around in his speeches too. There's no thread that holds it all together. More a collection of attack lines. #
  • You see it in Abbott's book – a collection of contradictory policy ideas, some good, some merely odd. And always this yearning for Howard. #
  • RT @markparton: Do you think the level of his live performance has deteriorated since he got the leadership role? #
  • Abbott is interesting to listen to, often amusing & affable. He's better than Turnbull in so many ways. But it lacks substance. @markparton #
  • @markparton The real problem today for Abbott was Barnaby Joyce. I defy anyone to argue that his Press Club speech wasn't puerile. in reply to markparton #
  • @markparton I saw him speak at length 3 times at the Melb Writers Festival last August. It was interesting but thin. So too today. in reply to markparton #
  • RT @GregMLC: policy bowerbird – they can be found all over the politcal spectrum. they are rarely successful. #
  • @markparton Hunt's another case – he's ruined his reputation with people who are otherwise sympathetic and saw him as a breath of fresh air. in reply to markparton #
  • Good line! RT @markparton: I suggested 2 Hunt that being in charge of Climate Change under Abbott was lk being in charge of pizzas at Maccas #
  • @markparton He should have taken a different portfolio or gone to the backbench. It would have enhanced his standing no end. in reply to markparton #
  • @markparton Whereas now he's being laughed at on all sides. Today Rudd called him the PhD for Flinders! in reply to markparton #
  • @markparton If you mean right of centre, no I don't. I didn't think that of Howard, for instance. in reply to markparton #
  • Take Hockey, speaking now. He's focussed and delivering a structured and substantive argument, even if you don't necessarily agree with it. #
  • @markparton Well, they said that about Turnbull too! in reply to markparton #
  • @markparton I don't wish to sound pompous but it's not about good theatre. It's easy to miss what's really happening if you focus on that. in reply to markparton #
  • And I'm switching off in the middle of Craig Emerson… nothing personal. #
  • @Pollytics Hell, I've seen exams where a raw score like that gets you a comfortable pass… in reply to Pollytics #
  • @GregMLC How goes Baillieu do you think? In the race or not? in reply to GregMLC #
  • New Data on Twitter's Users and Engagement: http://bit.ly/89jgAE – about 80% of all Twitter users have tweeted fewer than 10 times. #
  • Malcolm Fraser is coming http://twitpic.com/115zlu RT @MargaretSimons: http://bit.ly/axPVAK. Going to be an interesting month…Launch 3 Mar #
  • When Economics Meets Politics: http://bit.ly/bSzfXd – Thomas Friedman on banks vs Obama, China vs Google and the world vs Iran. #
  • Defending the Long Gay Line: http://bit.ly/caAeZl – Maureen Dowd on "don't ask, don't tell", Powell's gutlessness and the craven McCain. #
  • Salinger in New Hampshire: http://bit.ly/aE7ILb – A lesson on normality. #
  • And here's the Bob Brown interview: http://bit.ly/baC8Yw RT @LarvatusProdeo: Breaking the #cprs deadlock http://bit.ly/axitx0 #
  • @LarvatusProdeo I was wondering something similar when I saw this tweet from Milne on Monday: http://bit.ly/cXBWLx in reply to LarvatusProdeo #
  • Nice… RT @markknoller: http://twitpic.com/1166qb – White House looks spectacular framed by snow covered trees. #
  • The Tea Party Last Time: http://bit.ly/a1bme9 France in 1955 and Poujade's movement that brought nothing substantive but anger. #
  • Mad Monks and Moncky Business: http://twitpic.com/116cbw – The Age website should have added Marty Feldman http://bit.ly/rapN5 #
  • Word from the tweet: this 'ere is an ex-parrot: http://bit.ly/cCNbaJ Tony Wright didn't credit @ShannonGimpel for this: http://bit.ly/9dQjed #

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