My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Sue Dunleavy question on a 'gaping cavity' in the health debate: people are waiting for dental treatment – what kind of scheme? #npc #
  • Abbott asked if Medicare should cover dental as he proposes in his 'Battlelines' book. Yes, says Abbott, we need checkups not treatment #npc #
  • Rudd: The Opposition has blocked a dental scheme proposal of ours in the Senate. #npc #
  • Rudd: An ocean of negativity from the Opposition. I thought I saw the emergence of a coalition policy this morning… #npc #
  • Abbott refers to Rudd's body language with Keneally… your problem is you're not prepared to consult, you dictate. #npc #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: Wormwise this is already looking like a debacle for Tony Abbott, will be interesting to see how this is spun #npc #
  • Lyndal Curtis asks both men why neither of them have brought their full policies to this debate. Isn't this what voters are sick of? #npc #
  • Abbott: You will get our policy in good time.. my role is also to scrutinise… #npc #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: PM seems to have de-cluttered his delivery. Is doing rather well. #
  • Abbott: We will have locally controlled hospitals and a commitment to private health insurance. #npc #
  • Rudd: This tidal wave of negativity when the mums and dads want an end to waiting times, more doctor & nurses.. #npc #
  • Rudd: You were in office for 12 years… Abbott interjects: 11. #npc #
  • Rudd: On 31 Oct 2007 Abbott said he would announce a hospital policy… we're still waiting… #npc #
  • Rudd: You were Health Minister twice as long as we've been in govt… #npc #
  • Abbott: I ask the public, have you noticed any difference in two years… committees and reviews… but any difference? #npc #
  • Mark Riley to Rudd and Abbott: stimulus money was spent on schools, why not health? #npc #
  • Rudd: We've allocated $3 billion to hospitals, emergency dept expansions… it may not be badged stimulus but it's out there. #npc #
  • Abbott: State Labor govts have been very bad at delivering real services… cites oncology initiative delayed.. federal Labor is worse. #npc #
  • Abbott asked if he would reallocate any of the stimulus money. Abbott says we'll tell you closer to the election. #npc #
  • Matthew Franklin to Rudd: why did you decide we needed a building in each school rather than putting money into health? #
  • Abbott: Rudd has changed his policy. He didn't announce this a couple of weeks ago. #npc #
  • Closing statements… #npc #
  • Rudd: Govt and parties have been blaming each other for years… but people don't care who's to blame, they just want it fixed. #npc #
  • Rudd: It's easy to oppose everything… #npc #
  • Rudd: The public knows change needs to happen now… our change would be biggest since introduction of Medicare. #npc #
  • Rudd itemises long list of medical interest groups that support his plans… #npc #
  • Abbott: The PM doesn't have policies… just a list of platitudes… so obviously deficient on pink batts and other things… #npc #
  • Abbott: What is obvious is that under him nothing much will change any time soon… we have to have a change of government… #npc #
  • Abbott: I'm proud to have stopped his great big new tax on everything, I hope to stop his great big new bureaucracy. #npc #
  • Abbott: I want to see more debates… I challenge Rudd to 3 debates during the election campaign… #npc #
  • And the Ch 9 worm disappeared off the scale when Rudd was speaking and plummeted for Abbott. That's probably all you'll hear tonight. #npc #
  • Laurie Oakes thinks Rudd won the debate but Abbott acquitted himself fairly well. #npc #
  • RT @SBSNews: Closing remarks saw the #worm on both Channels 9 and 7 show a real preference for the PM over Abbott http://bit.ly/bM17nL #
  • Ch 9 audience member says Rudd won it hands down. Says you can't do it all in 2 years but you can make the plans to do it. #npc #
  • Ch9 shows the anaesthetist joke of Abbott's which bombed. Oakes says the worm doesn't like negativity… #npc #
  • Channel 9 worm audience gives the debate to Rudd by 71-29. #npc #
  • @Yr6Leadership No problems… tell them I miss not being able to teach 1984. One of the great works every student should read. in reply to Yr6Leadership #
  • @daveholmes55 Thanks – missed a bit along the way but that's life… in reply to daveholmes55 #
  • @theburgerman You've obviously got more lonely and angry old men watching than I realised… in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman What proportion of your poll is people on the website compared to through their TV? in reply to theburgerman #
  • If you read nothing else on the alleged debate, read @TrevorCook http://bit.ly/9rZf7C #npc #
  • @sspencer_63 You can clear your cookies and vote again but that's elevating absurdity to new heights… in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @G_Parker Agree completely but these occasions, like Parlt, feed into a broader, developing view. Happened to Beazley, Hewson et al. in reply to G_Parker #
  • THE widow of former prime minister Sir William McMahon, Lady Sonia McMahon, is in intensive care. http://bit.ly/bGEdfV /via @newscomau #
  • Laura Tingle on #Lateline now – some quality commentary… #
  • Tingle on the Health debate: Rudd looked on top of the health issue, Abbott sounded negative. #Lateline #
  • @JudeEkerick @Knorts I should have said it was two separate press conferences, held jointly…! in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • Tingle on the Worm: Political personages take it seriously – journalists use it to guide their commentary. Oh dear… #Lateline #
  • Tingle: The health debate is important for the two party rooms to reassess their candidate. #Lateline #
  • @OddMaude What do you think of the US health bill passed yesterday? in reply to OddMaude #
  • RT @markknoller: http://twitpic.com/1af7bj – WH posts 84 pictures tracing Obama path to #HCR bill – like this at a low point on Jan 15. #
  • @empatt Sounds like good advice to me… in reply to empatt #
  • Being a prime ministerial spouse is clearly not good enough: http://bit.ly/ahKJu4 #
  • 61 days from near-defeat-to-victory: http://bit.ly/bNUCkW – "Here came health-care-reform. Here came history." (Wash Post) #
  • An absence of class: http://nyti.ms/bwiiB0 – Bob Herbert excoriates the Republican Party, "the party of fear, ignorance and divisiveness". #
  • @smurray38 Justice Higgins' decision remains a fun read to this day: http://bit.ly/bQEzqV in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 …including the strange intervention of the disarming farmer. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @OddMaude We missed a marvellous chance with that duo. And we once had Charles Blunt and John Sharp serving as Nationals MPs… in reply to OddMaude #
  • Debate entangles Abbott: http://bit.ly/c6eflU – Shaun Carney says Abbott and Rudd were both fighting against their instincts in the debate. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull: Tragedy amid the beauty at The Gap – http://bit.ly/c8x1G2 #
  • Abbott was the north wind and Rudd was the sun: http://bit.ly/9NNQp3 – Peter Hartcher speculates on Abbott's chances of winning negatively. #

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