My Latest Twitter Updates

  • #qt Abbott's first question is on "people smuggling"… more evidence of a govt that is "all talk and no action"? #
  • #qt Rudd says more boats arrived in 2001 under the Howard govt. We've arrested and disrupted more smugglers than you did… #
  • #qt Dixer to Rudd on health. PM quotes expressions of support from pro-Labor front organisations such as the AMA… #
  • #qt Rudd cheekily itemises a list of warnings Abbott got about shortages when he was Health Minister. They were about to tackle it in 2007.. #
  • #qt Luke Simpkins (Cowan-WA) to Rudd on boat arrivals and an "imminent mass arrival of people on the mainland"… #
  • #qt Speaker Jenkins is annoyed that the proceedings are being conducted as if the House is an "asylum"… #
  • #qt Catherine King (ALP-Ballarat) asks Roxon about health shortages and the reaction of "stakeholders" (where are you, Don Watson?) #
  • #qt A Town Like Yea… now that was a good film. #
  • #qt Roxon announces the other place has decided to pass the nurses and mid-wives legislation opposed by Abbott. #
  • #qt Michael Keenan (Stirling-WA) asks Rudd about border protection policies: "Where the bloody hell are you?" #
  • #qt Tanner quotes old budget paper figures on health cuts at Abbott. Rudd can be heard saying: "Oh Tony, you've been fibbing." #
  • #qt Tanner says p179 of 2003-04 Budget Papers conclusively prove Abbott presided over "ripping a billion dollars" out of Health… #
  • #qt Albanese insists that Abbott withdraw… Bronwyn Bishop says Albo is intimidating the Chair… Albo says Abbott is defying the Speaker. #
  • #qt "The withdrawal has been made – point blank," says Jenkins… #
  • #qt Tanner says Abbott should spend more time on patients and less time on "brushing up his pecs"… #
  • #qt Don Randall (Canning-WA) with another question from the West on "unauthorised arrivals". Whistling dogs. #
  • #qt Amanda Rishworth reads a question which asks Swan what "respected economists" have to say about Australia's situation… #
  • #qt Swan welcomes quotes from Barnaby Joyce in this interview: http://is.gd/aJeKG #
  • #qt Scott Morrison brandishes newspaper ad and asks Rudd about plans to recruit people in NT for processing boat people on the mainland. #
  • #qt Rudd says Christmas Island isn't full yet… #
  • #qt Steve Georganas (Hindmarsh-SA) asks Chris Bowen about dental services and illegitimate Medicare payments… #
  • #qt This man Abbott isn't a dentist but we can show you his budget figures… #
  • @theburgerman Jokes aside, this "debate" about boat people is thoroughly distasteful, even on Rudd's part. We never seem to change. in reply to theburgerman #
  • #qt Rudd is asked a question by Luke Harsuyker about a $1270 bill for insulation… #
  • #qt Jim Turnour asks Roxon about health reform. No-one talks much about Leichhardt but if this man they just laughed at can hold his seat.. #
  • #qt Alex Hawke asks Rudd about fraudulent activity… #
  • @aussenatesnoop Don't know but it would make sense… in reply to aussenatesnoop #
  • @GrogsGamut We should make him Foreign Minister! in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @sspencer_63 I'm not sure how the boundaries are now but the seat has a good ALP history. You think Entsch really makes the difference? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • #qt Joanna Gash (GIlmore-NSW) asks Gillard about problems in a new school library built under the stimulus plan… #
  • #qt Pyne quotes an AEU official on school buildings and Gillard repeats her lines about a "cabal". Bloody teachers. #
  • I'll blackguard people IN this House says Gillard… RT @BernardKeane: Well THAT's rich – Tuckey on blackguarding people not in the House. #
  • #qt The cabal is apparently made up of teachers, shooters, the Libs and the Greens… #
  • #qt Janelle Saffin (Page-NSW) asks the Foreign Minister about the road-map to democracy in Burma. Something worth hearing about at last. #
  • #qt Abbott asks Rudd about NSW Teachers Federation statement…laughter…that management fees make up a big cost of school building program #
  • #qt Rudd says the Comrade Tony now invoke unionists as his friends after spending years in govt trying to destroy them… #
  • #qt "The computer thing," says Wilson Tuckey. "I meant My School," he says… #
  • #qt Rudd says the Member for O'Connor is finally really losing it… #
  • #qt Memories: "Mr Speaker, the Honourable Member is going ga-ga"… #
  • #qt Rudd mocks Tuckey: "Those computer thingies." #
  • @theburgerman Even in 1987 he was a politician of "national standing": http://twitpic.com/13w1b7 http://twitpic.com/13w1x3 in reply to theburgerman #
  • @LeesaWatego 70.39% of his electorate, apparently… http://is.gd/aJhLE in reply to leesawatego #
  • @LeesaWatego Make that only 66.55% last time! in reply to leesawatego #
  • @Tim_Beshara How dare you! in reply to Tim_Beshara #
  • #qt is over. Bob McMullan is right: http://is.gd/aAvcO #
  • Whitlam As Internationalist: Video http://is.gd/aJind and transcript http://is.gd/aJior of Michael Kirby's recent lecture. #
  • @jamesmassola April 16, 2011 is the last possible date for a House election. in reply to jamesmassola #
  • @theburgerman Sept 4, 11, 18 or Oct 2 is my tip. in reply to theburgerman #
  • This is a very worthy electoral reform cause being pushed by GetUp! http://is.gd/aJj03 #
  • @theburgerman We certainly can but we might end up on Media Watch: http://is.gd/aJjak in reply to theburgerman #
  • @sspencer_63 Ah, good point. I ruled out AFL Grand Final 25/9 – in that case I'll change 2/10 to 9/10 as latest possibility! WTF's NRL?! in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @theburgerman 1914, 1951, 1974, 1975, 1983, 1987 in reply to theburgerman #
  • Lessons in life no curriculum can cover: http://is.gd/aJptc – how a lesson on Watergate helped change life for @TraceyBarnett #
  • @lyndons @theburgerman But do you know which Section of the Constitution applies to DDs? in reply to lyndons #
  • @theburgerman 1977, Australia Party, Liberal Movement in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman That bloke in South Australia who replaced Kanck… in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman Gold star for you… in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman David Winderlich! in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman 1974 Joint Sitting Hansard, only 1printed with a white cover. http://twitpic.com/18wdls Autographed http://twitpic.com/18wdu3 #
  • More Democrats nostalgia: Don Chipp's speech in the House when he resigned from the Liberal Party 24/3/77: http://is.gd/aJrus @theburgerman #
  • RT @Colvinius: Angry listener on phone: "I want to speak to the f***wit who runs the newsroom" Journo: "You'll need to narrow it down a bit" #
  • @theburgerman I had no idea but apparently it's 28: http://is.gd/aJtpR in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman Which Speaker of the House died in the Chair and what were his last words? in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman Apparently they'd been sitting for over 14 hours, things were a bit raucous and he cried: "Dreadful, dreadful." in reply to theburgerman #
  • Interesting Wikipedia discussions over the content of Kristina Keneally's entry: http://is.gd/aJu4i (via @stilgherrian) #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: Centrebet SA election: ALP $1.36; Libs $3.05 (yesterday it was $1.45 to $2.85) #730report #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: Sportingbet SA election: ALP $1.42; Libs $2.75 #
  • @rulytruly Whitlam on why he enjoyed Tasmanian weddings: "Fewer in-laws." in reply to rulytruly #
  • @sunlightandsnow @theburgerman Of course, Speaker Snedden was also said to have died on the job but apparently not in the House… #
  • @rulytruly They're a bit strange too but in a different way… Thank god the rest of us are normal… in reply to rulytruly #
  • Haiti story: The #730Report at its best. #
  • So who's writing the headlines at @abcthedrum? http://is.gd/aJwKf – at least the body of the story gets it wright… #
  • @smurray38 We should completely ignore Question Time one day and just hold our own. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @rod_benson Better not drink Nestle then… in reply to rod_benson #
  • Another excellent Foreign Correspondent on the stolen passports story. What would we do without Aunty? @ForeignOfficial #
  • @CommanderSpratt What do their ads say? in reply to CommanderSpratt #
  • @CommanderSpratt Of course they do… in reply to CommanderSpratt #
  • RT @barryofarrell: Schama quotes Harold Macmillan on the claim his wife had a drinking problem "By God, you should see her mother!" #
  • RT @KJBar: A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck southeast of Los Angeles.. #
  • @smurray38 Why don't we have courses like that down here? in reply to smurray38 #
  • The Keating interview on ABC Breakfast is worth listening/watching in full: http://is.gd/aJF4w #
  • I like it when #Lateline has these interviews with Schama, McEwan et al. And why not give Ticky Fullerton the job full-time? Or Ali Moore. #
  • The Fistful of Dollars ad, British style: http://twitpic.com/18x17t #
  • @ern_malleyscrub Don't beat yourself up – Channel 10 is the best commercial news. in reply to ern_malleyscrub #
  • What is the collective noun for novelists? #Lateline #
  • @bestqualitycrab Not bad… in reply to bestqualitycrab #
  • The Spirit of Sympathy: http://is.gd/aJW9z – David Brooks diagnoses what's wrong with the US Senate. @nick_osborne #
  • @ajbuntine Well, I don't know what you've been reading… in reply to ajbuntine #
  • @bestqualitycrab No need for them to be dead to qualify… in reply to bestqualitycrab #
  • @tsvnq Well, not really – they're both first-rate but I tire of the personality cult and the constant interruptions of interviewees. in reply to tsvnq #
  • Look at the positioning, clothing… RT @WestWingReport: http://twitpic.com/18xf4r – Rare "image" of Democratic Presidents playing poker #
  • @smurray38 They both sounded reasonably funny – the closest we're going to get to the Al Smith Dinner? in reply to smurray38 #
  • Why don't honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News? http://is.gd/aKubH – just caught up with this piece by Howell Raines. #
  • @koopersmith Yes, I do but his general point is surely undeniable? in reply to koopersmith #
  • Costello's big swipe at Abbott: http://is.gd/aKvPs – Crocodile Dundee politics in a race to the bottom. The week is getting interesting. #
  • Peter Costello's complete article: "Rudd, Abbott in wacky race to the bottom of the tax barrel" http://is.gd/aKwQ6 #
  • @smurray38 And of course the intervention is really all about Howard… in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 Agreed, he never stepped up. But he now sees Howard continuing to bring down the Liberal Party, albeit by proxy. Fraser concurs! in reply to smurray38 #
  • Postal votes at 10% of all votes cast in South Australian election: http://is.gd/aKyTF #

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