My Latest Twitter Updates

  • #qt Abbott opens with question to Garrett about Minter-Ellison report – queries dates in April previously mentioned.. #
  • #qt And I'm not quite sure what Garrett's answer was… #
  • #qt Rudd takes question on terrorism paper released this morning…now outlining the "threat landscape". #
  • #qt Rudd twice upbraids Opposition for laughing at terrorism issue… #
  • #qt Abbott takes exception to the "laughing matter" suggestion and seeks a prime ministerial withdrawal… #
  • #qt Abbott to Garrett about Kruk's evidence to Senate: was Minter-Ellison report never raised at any meetings? #
  • #qt Garrett talks of always being aware of risk management and assessment… #
  • #qt Speaker Jenkins doesn't like "ambush marketing" – what did he ask be removed? #
  • #qt Attorney-General McClelland takes a question on counter-terrorism. The government's theme yesterday was Health. #
  • #qt A Michael Johnson cap… not much of an ambush. #
  • #qt Another Abbott question to Garrett: Will he now inform the House of the precise date when he heard about the Minter-Ellison report? #
  • #qt February 11, says Garrett. Did not see the April 9 departmental document until yesterday. #
  • #qt Abbott says he wants to know when Garrett was "informed" of the report, not when he "received" it. #
  • #qt Garrett now repeating his talking points about taking action on risk assessment. #
  • #qt Albanese takes a Dorothy Dixer on Aviation security. #
  • #qt Albanese refers to the Birmingham line about insulation being a bigger threat… they don't take it seriously… Howard would have… #
  • #qt Jason Wood (La Trobe) asks Garrett whether insulation installers will now be inspecting their own work. #
  • @tiffanyloft http://bit.ly/YzfRX in reply to tiffanyloft #
  • #qt Roxon takes a question on workforce health… the previous Health Minister comes in for some criticism… #
  • #qt …interrupted by "charity collectors" at the front door… at least they weren't flogging insulation. What have I missed? #
  • #qt Andrew Laming asks about the possible 5 years to conduct safety inspections for insulation. #
  • #qt Garrett says audit, compliance and inspection will take place in an "orderly way"… #
  • #qt Swan takes a question on the state of the economy… says the OECD has been saying good things about Aust monetary and fiscal policy. #
  • #qt I'm distracted today… Rudd back on health and hospitals. Looks like I missed the only genuine question of the day from Oakeshott. #
  • #qt "The Member for Maranoa knows better… than he does" – Speaker loses train of thought. #
  • #qt At last a question to Gillard… #
  • #qt Gillard asked about the opposition not passing the Youth Allowance legislation… #
  • RT @firstdogonmoon: What is the collective noun for a group of vice chancellors? A bucket of whatsits? A large bag of mouldering flooflah? #
  • #qt Remember the good old days when a university Vice-Chancellor was the embodiment of an establishment conspiracy? #
  • #qt The demoted Member for Murray asks Garrett about Cohuna Hardware and its struggle to survive the insulation debacle. #
  • #qt Cohuna Hardware doesn't seem to have a website. http://bit.ly/bqijO1 #
  • #qt There seems to be a Mitre 10 store just round the corner from Cohuna Hardware – stiff competition. #
  • #qt Craig Emerson, the Joe Biden of Australian politics. #
  • #qt Abbott to Rudd about sackings in the insulation industry. Shouldn't it be Garrett who loses his job? #
  • #qt Rudd reminds Abbott that his side opposed the scheme's job-creation possibilities in the first place… #
  • #qt Roger Price, "the Chief Government Whip", asks Albanese about Australian TV content and the licence fee rebate… #
  • #qt And of the 3 great local content shows Albo itemises, I've only watched Underbelly. Questioning my own patriotism now. #
  • RT @rorybaust: I am surprised how many people watch question time, it appears to serve very little purpose & never changes peoples minds #qt #
  • I don't think there's really very many of us…! @rorybaust #qt #
  • #qt Abbott makes a personal explanation about the golf balls Roxon referred to earlier – says they were hers, not his. #
  • #qt Roxon makes a personal explanation and says the golf balls date from May 2007 when Abbott was the Minister. Didn't they tell him? #
  • #qt Joel Fitzgibbon makes a personal explanation about this article: http://bit.ly/bh7g7k – says he has been defamed. #
  • @crazyjane13 Now if I said that… in reply to crazyjane13 #
  • Having not asked a question about the economy today… RT @JoeHockey: Is it true KR got the Good News Wk qts in adv of the show #
  • @bryanhogan Those of us with rustic orgins should not perpetuate tired stereotypes…! in reply to bryanhogan #
  • RT @pjayem: Just logged in. Missed most of #qt. Can u sum up day's events pls! Be fair. #
  • @tiffanyloft What are you up to? in reply to tiffanyloft #
  • @rorybaust Competing realities, for sure. I think the Opp attack is woeful, govt relatively untroubled, but they are immensely damaged. in reply to rorybaust #
  • Coalition's own goal in the insulation shoot-out: http://bit.ly/cOeKv0 #
  • "The Minister should have died with his program," says Peter Hartcher. "Unfortunate choice of words," says Steve Lewis. @SkyNewsAgenda #
  • Interesting… just untangling 5 unrelated DMs and Mentions and trying to work out who said what and who's replying to whom… #
  • @GrogsGamut True, but Rudd twice made the point about Abbott not taking terrorism seriously. You can see the picture he's trying to frame. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @Pollytics Twitter space problem… what exactly is your point about MSM treatment of the Minter-Ellison report? in reply to Pollytics #
  • RT @Pollytics: It didnt say anything like it was reported as saying, it wasnt a Final Word report that the whole program pivotted on. #
  • RT @Pollytics: It was just a cheapy that was but 1 small part of a much wider array of info which became the Min's brief #
  • RT @Pollytics: It didnt warn of the risk of deaths, the warnings it gave about installation quality were deemed acceptable risks. #
  • RT @Pollytics: Basically, everything you've read – it stated the opposite. #
  • @Pollytics Ok, I have no problem agreeing with that, especially now that I've read the report: http://is.gd/8XUhf http://is.gd/8XWIQ in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics But would you agree that this has been immensely damaging for the govt? It feeds into a number of merging themes about Rudd? in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics This reminds me of our recent discussion about denigrating politics, politicians & Parlt! This time you're the hopeless romantic. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics Now don't be silly… in reply to Pollytics #
  • Malcolm Fraser speaking to @Colvinius now http://bit.ly/5swE63 #
  • "We did govern for all Australians," says Fraser, denying the suggestion of polarisation. I must have been living somewhere else. #
  • Two other good ABC interviews with Fraser: Fran Kelly http://bit.ly/9ekDHv and Kerry O'Brien http://bit.ly/bnqBtd #
  • Q: "Do you spoil your vote now?" Fraser: "There hasn't been a vote since Rudd was elected. Besides, it's a secret ballot." Please explain?! #
  • It's a big book… 754 pages & another 100 pages of end notes and index: http://twitpic.com/14vxa2 #
  • As a product of the times, I had to first read Chapter 9, Extremis – no prizes for guessing the subject matter… #
  • The extended interview with Malcolm Fraser on PM has a fascinating story about the US, Thatcher & the Falklands: http://bit.ly/cy8J43 #

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