My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Kevin Rudd is holding a press conference in Canberra on aviation security … #
  • Rudd: new measures to enhance aviation security regime in Aust – $200m over 4 years on security measures… #
  • Rudd: new body scanners, x-ray machines… plus $32m for screening at regional airports… #
  • Rudd: new stringent training measures… $17m for dogs and other explosive screening devices…. $18.2m on regional engagement #
  • Rudd: $24.9m on new technology for Customs… $11.4m for advanced data analysis and risk profiling… #
  • Rudd: $54.2m for cargo screening and security measures… #
  • Albanese: measures brought forward from recommended dates in Aviation White Paper… #
  • Albanese: Senate will be asked to reconsider measure on cockpit security – self-regulation not acceptable. #
  • Rudd: National Security Committee felt there was "a degree of inadequacy" about existing security measures in light of Christmas Day attempt #
  • Rudd asked about privacy issues and people being "perved on" during body scans… Albo explains "stick figures" to placate "demure figures" #
  • Rudd asked about health… have measures so far made any difference to services? Rudd says 60,000 new procedures taking place now… #
  • Rudd asked about effect of new measures on delays at airports… Albanese says a 6-minute delay is likely according to trials. #
  • Rudd asked about appointment of Mike Kaiser to NBN job… says NBN is independent, mentions Nelson, Costello appointments. #
  • Rudd asked about "botched" green loans… says 128,000 assessments taken place already, assessors trained. #
  • Rudd asked why bureaucrats in "remote Canberra" are qualified to run hospitals.. says this presumes an outcome not yet decided. #
  • Rudd repeats statement that "really looks forward" to a debate on Health… attacks Abbott's time as Health Minister… #
  • Rudd attacks "straight-talking Tony" on unfunded parental leave positions… #
  • Rudd attacks "fundamental irresponsibility" of Joyce on sovereign debt… Joyce put in place by Abbott… they are "risk personified". #
  • Rudd: "As Abbott goes through his little hoopla performance in the party room" there are big questions for the voters ahead. #
  • Tuckey quotes the Food and Grocery Council… that's the one run by former ACT Lib Chief Minister Kate Carnell. #qt #
  • Lindsay Tanner invited to discuss savings offsets for new spending proposals… this should be fun. #qt #
  • "Oh no, I've done a Barnaby"… #qt #
  • Tanner talks of Liberal voters who value economic management being betrayed by the coalition – there's the campaign in a nutshell. #qt #
  • Just checking on Lindsay Tanner's 4 shadows in Finance: Peter Dutton, Joe Hockey, Helen Coonan, Barnaby Joyce. How time flies. #
  • Pyne on Roxon: "A personal embittered slag-off" #qt #
  • Tuckey mentions Speaker Snedden 1976-83. Of the parliamentary prayer, Whitlam said of Snedden: "He reads it as if he wrote it." #
  • From my sound archives, a 1972 political speech by David Frost: http://bit.ly/cQq43L #
  • Historical sound clip: Senator Vince Gair in November 1972 on the DLP's role in the Senate: http://bit.ly/boz7f9 #
  • And here's Senator Gair with the DLP's view on censorship and the permissive society (Nov 1972): http://bit.ly/aYUV4w #
  • EMployees, not IMployees… #qt #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Lesson of #qt: Abbott might think he's ticking over but tactics suck. Looking nbn and insulation gifthorses in mouth etc #
  • Fletcher joined the Young Libs at 16 and then became active in student politics… cites the late Mark Hayward's influence… #
  • Fletcher even went to Economics lectures and learned about free-market principles… #
  • Fletcher says it's no coincidence that social barriers have come down alongside economic barriers… #
  • Fletcher says "economic rationalist" should not be a term of abuse and says Bob Ellis is a woolly-minded utopian… #
  • Fletcher cites advances in telephony arising from introduction of competition. No mention of Beazley or Keating… #
  • Fletcher: I want to be a voice for rational policy making… I want to be a voice for continued reform… #
  • Fletcher: The govt has boldly commissioned many reports… Liberal members laugh appreciatively… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Ugh, Fletcher's maiden is a bit ordinary #
  • @Pollytics of whom? in reply to Pollytics #
  • Fletcher: Business is a force for good… too many people in govt and NGOs are suspicious of business… #
  • Fletcher wants to be a "voice for change" in higher education…an aggressive push amongst leading unis… closer research ties… #
  • Fletcher wants evidence-based policy… #
  • Fletcher concludes… of the two speeches, I'd give the bouquet to O'Dwyer. #
  • Ambassador Nelson smiles from the gallery… hasn't he left yet? #
  • RT @smurray38: Fletcher quotes Cass Sunstein's Nudge approvingly; would he note Sunstein is Obama's head of Office of Regulatory Reform? #
  • At least Fletcher's in the arena, having a go. Too easy for the rest of us to scoff. RT @latikambourke: Underwhelmed. Again. #justsayin' #
  • Theodore Roosevelt's "in the arena" quote: http://bit.ly/17Z6fd – quoted by Nixon in his farewell remarks in 1974. #
  • @latikambourke You won't get much more in these speeches but O'Dwyer & Fletcher were at least literate, lucid and coherent. in reply to latikambourke #
  • @Pollytics That may be so but they can't afford to ignore it either. Whilst I join in the hunt from time to time, it's too easy to ridicule in reply to Pollytics #
  • @latikambourke Hehehe… well it certainly isn't universally the case… in reply to latikambourke #
  • @Pollytics All the more reason not to condemn politics and encourage rampant cynicism. It needs people prepared to get involved. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics I was watching the #qt hashtag today – utterly depressing, devoid of any real discussion. I had naively hoped Twitter might help in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics Yes, that's the reality – all I'm saying is Parlt/Govt still matters and needs good people. Opting out is not an option. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @PaulHeck True, and irreverence is a good thing. I just detest the cynicism that becomes a substitute for doing anything. in reply to PaulHeck #
  • RT @theburgerman: http://twitvid.com/C855D – You know you've been watching Question Time a lot when you find this amusing. #
  • http://twitpic.com/127jmx – A compelling graph of comparative national debts #Lateline #
  • McCain, Facing GOP Foe in Primary, Tilts to the Right: http://nyti.ms/cKpbXf – it's hard to feel sorry for this fraud. #
  • @feneleyinlondon Yes. At least Powell moved on this. And McCain's choice of Palin (and manner of choosing) condemned him in my eyes. in reply to feneleyinlondon #
  • @feneleyinlondon Paulson is scathing about McCain in his new book. McCain doesn't even care about the SC's decision gutting McCain-Feingold. in reply to feneleyinlondon #
  • @MarkCroxford Tea Party? I suspect they will be to the GOP what the DLP was to the ALP. in reply to MarkCroxford #
  • It is most appropriate that I tweet this article from the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/bTyOhV #
  • @feneleyinlondon Interestingly, his wife and daughter seem to be maintaining the faith whilst the Senator is MIA. in reply to feneleyinlondon #
  • David Brooks paints a picture of White House comity and continuity, with Biden playing a key role: http://nyti.ms/crU4Ie #
  • @feneleyinlondon A local analogy: Feingold is Turnbull. McCain is Hockey? in reply to feneleyinlondon #
  • The Worst of the Pain: http://nyti.ms/ba7R9U – Bob Herbert on US unemployment and inequality. #
  • RT @Historyday: On this day in 1825 after nobody received majority of electoral votes, US House of Reps elected John Quincy Adams President. #
  • RT @arisharp: "Abbott needs to move Joyce before it all ends in tears," @michellegrattan declares. http://bit.ly/daB3pz #
  • And Shaun Carney thinks the ETS may be just too damned hard to get done: http://bit.ly/bks1uE #
  • @feneleyinlondon It's an interesting problem for Abbott. Mind you, he may think it is NOT a problem. in reply to feneleyinlondon #
  • Meanwhile, is Baillieu falling apart? http://bit.ly/aTboI9 #
  • Never lend money to an author: http://bit.ly/dfa3iR #
  • @arisharp That will teach Anna Bligh to play footsies with a Nats financier… in reply to arisharp #
  • @feneleyinlondon Oh, absolutely. I don't think Abbott has Rudd rattled at all. It in reply to feneleyinlondon #

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