My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Treasurer Wayne Swan is addressing the National Press Club…says Aust's standing in the G20 has been elevated in light of GFC. #
  • Swan: Our first budget was a difficult balance. 4 months later Lehman Bros went under. We had every reason to worry. I didn't sleep much. #
  • Swan: Aust was not immune from collapse of confidence… very proud of our officials in RBA, APRA, Treasury et al for their response. #
  • Swan: Our stimulus worked. It sustained household spending. It restored confidence. It encouraged investment. #
  • Swan: It's truly remarkable that 300,000 more Austs have jobs now than when we took office in 2007. #
  • Swan: This budget has been the most complex of all. My Ministerial counterparts elsewhere would love to have delivered last night's budget. #
  • Swan: Our govt did not choose the times in which we serve… Our fiscal measures marry with traditional Labor objectives. #
  • Swan: Budget provides for more skilled apprentices…we have rebuilt the skills base in a year whereas it took 13 years after last recession #
  • Swan: Coalition was happy to let families swing in the breeze at the height of the global crisis. They were missing in action. #
  • Swan: Abbott opposed our tax package before he'd even seen it. Consider that before taking him seriously as a prime ministerial candidate. #
  • Swan: Austs have some reason for quiet satisfaction but not complacency…The Greek crisis shows the fragility of global conditions. #
  • Notwithstanding it was a prepared speech, we don't often hear Swan speak with such confidence and clarity. He obviously feels good. #
  • Swan pays tribute to Keating's compulsory superannuation reform – says it provided the basis of rebuilding investment during the GFC. #
  • Swan asked to reflect on things that went wrong. What has he learned from the insulation and BER programs? #
  • Swan disputes characterisation of the BER program. He paints a picture of gainfully employed tradies swarming around these projects. #
  • Swan acknowledges problems with insulation program, especially occupational health and safety regimes. #
  • Swan: Our net debt is the envy of the world.. it's a tiny fraction of what most countries have. #
  • Swan: We are so fortunate… in the right place at just the right time for the advent of the Asian Century. #
  • Swan: Provided we deal with population, ageing, productivity, infrastructure, etc, we are well placed. #
  • Swan asked if Labor fears an election in seats such as Flynn (Qld) because of mining industry campaign against resources super tax… #
  • Swan: We must have a national regime – a balkanised system of state royalties is not working. #
  • Swan asked if there is a "risk" of returning to surplus even earlier. "We can only hope," he says. #
  • Swan points out that the economic forecasts were attacked last year for being too optimistic but they have been proved right. #
  • The Aust's Matthew Franklin asks about BER – is there no genuine question over whether taxpayers are getting value for money? #
  • Swan: I'm not a quantity surveyor… but projects I've seen are of value… this is the building industry, there will be areas not right. #
  • Swan asked why he thinks the govt can prosecute a case for the super profits tax any better than they did for the ETS… #
  • Swan says there's such a thing as the national interest… disputes suggestion the ETS wasn't prosecuted: "we had a real red hot go". #
  • Bongiorno asks about the Paris Hilton/Uncle Scrooge analogy. Swan says the Opposition is a risk… event concludes. #
  • @lapuntadelfin Well spotted! in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • Elena Kagan as an "Organisation Kid": http://nyti.ms/caHtmj – thoughtful price from David Brooks on rewarding caginess. #
  • Chatting with @danupoyner at BigMouth in Acland St. That's the name of the place, not a description of us… #
  • RT @TimMontgomerie: The new Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on the steps of 10 Downing Street: http://twitpic.com/1n4asf #
  • RT @Conservatives: David Cameron, accompanied by his wife Samantha, walks into No.10 Downing St for the first time http://flic.kr/p/81zLy7 #
  • The Australian Electoral Commission's 2010-11 Budget: http://is.gd/c5CLh – well, I found the Key Performance Indicators interesting… #
  • The Abbot is coming! http://is.gd/c5DnS – the final word from Yass. #
  • @lapuntadelfin The one and the same. Esteemed hagiographer of JWH. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @lagcamion @lapuntadelfin Did you note the mis-spelling? #
  • Just made a delayed visit to "7.30 land" for the Rudd interview – http://is.gd/c5Fn7 – have a look if you missed it. #
  • Just checking on the papers Rudd recommended to Mr. O'Brien: http://is.gd/c5FPs http://is.gd/c5FSr http://is.gd/c5FZC #
  • The Bundaberg News-Mail says "little in it for working families": http://is.gd/c5Gbs #
  • @lyndons And Mr. O'Brien is so impartial. He always interrupted Howard to tell him how to do his job and now he does it to Rudd. Bravo. in reply to lyndons #
  • I can't quite believe I just spent $3.99 with the Herald-Sun: http://is.gd/c5Ike #
  • Cameron: Freedom, fairness and responsibility will be the guding principles of this coalition government. #
  • Cameron: Lib Dem Ministers will be represented at every level of this government.. we have a shared agenda… #
  • Cameron: We are announcing a new politics, where the national interest will take priority… #
  • TEXT OF THE CONSERVATIVE/LIB DEM AGREEMENT is here: http://is.gd/c5NeN (PDF) #
  • Clegg: Call it fairness, call it freedom, call it liberalism if you like… pluralism politics… a bold reforming govt… #
  • The Coalition agreement proposes a binding motion in the Commons that the next election be held on first Thursday in May 2015. #
  • UK Coalition agreement proposes a referendum and introduction of alternative vote (preferential voting) – reduction in size of Commons. #
  • The Coalition agreement proposes legislation to introduce a POWER OF RECALL, whereby a petition of 10% of an electorate forces a by-election #
  • The Coalition agreement proposes a wholly or mainly election House of Lords using proportional representation. #
  • The Lords proposal will contain a grandfathering system for current Peers. #
  • The Coalition agreement proposes "that all schools have greater freedom over curriculum". End of National Curriculum? #
  • Clegg: "This is what new politics looks like… there's going to be a lot of change." #
  • Cameron: "I'm looking forward to questions from Harriet Harman." #
  • Cameron asked what happens if the phone rings at 3 in the morning. Do they both answer it? #
  • Question: This is a charming love in, but the two parties are so far apart it cannot hold for long? #
  • Cameron: Being a good government will be the government's success. #
  • Cameron asked about a response he once gave to a question about his favourite joke. He said, "Nick Clegg". Did you say that, asks Clegg… #
  • … I'm afraid I did, says Cameron. Clegg jokingly says, "Right, I'm off." #
  • @sophblack Or just redirect it to Hillary? in reply to sophblack #
  • Clegg talks of a "new economy made from the rubble of the old"… #
  • Cameron asked if the 5-year Parliament is an aspiration or will it be fixed in legislation? Will there be tolerance of dissent? #
  • Cameron looks and sounds supremely confident – Clegg has little to say, somewhat hesitant, clearly No. 2… #
  • Cameron ends the press conference… says he has ministers to appoint. BBC commentator describes "a truly remarkable moment". #
  • Did I miss it or did Cameron not answer the last question about the 5-year term for Parliament? #
  • BBC commentator says some Lib Dems came into politics to fight Margaret Thatcher – now they find themselves hitched to her party. #
  • RT @tweetminster: And here's @WilliamJHague 's first day at the @foreignoffice: http://goo.gl/9tZ9 #
  • Foreign Secretary @WilliamJHague 's Twitter profile still describes him as "Shadow Foreign Secretary" #
  • @lapuntadelfin So you want Hague tried in The Hague? in reply to lapuntadelfin #

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