My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Paul Howes at #npc – The RSPT is not a threat to my members. We would never sacrifice jobs on the altar of green utopianism. #
  • Howes: $5.6bn of infrastructure is at stake if we don't go with this tax. #
  • Clive Palmer at #npc – Would gold have been discovered/developed in the 19th century if this tax existed then? #
  • Palmer: How do you stop people smoking? You tax them. [Not so…] #
  • Malcolm Turnbull watches Palmer in the #npc with a quizzical look on his face… #
  • Palmer: It's untrue that the RSPT will pay for superannuation. Companies like mine pay the super levy. #npc #
  • Palmer: The term "super tax" comes from Marx and Engels. "Google it on Wikipedia." #npc #
  • Palmer: The resources belong to the States, the States charge a royalty – leave it to them. #npc #
  • Palmer: The AWU is one of the best unions we've dealt with. Why are they supporting this tax? #npc #
  • Palmer: If there's more investment and demand, we will pay more in wages because of the competition. Tax us and jobs will be lost. #npc #
  • Palmer: When did ALP caucus get a say on this? We need to return to parliamentary democracy. #npc #
  • First question from @samanthamaiden to Howes – says he wants a calm factional, make that factual debate… how can we progress this debate? #
  • Howes: Sometimes "nut" can be a term of endearment, not derision… #npc #
  • Howes: We need to get rid of the clunky State royalties system…they can make the difference between a project getting off the ground. #npc #
  • Howes: I WAS a communist for a while… tax is not communist, it's a keystone of the capitalist system. #npc #
  • Palmer: The AWU is a good union, they're not nut jobs, they have good leadership. I'm disappointed they're on the wrong side on this. #npc #
  • Palmer likes the Chinese Communist Party quotations! #npc #
  • Howes: If I genuinely believed this tax would put my members out of work, I would be opposed to it. #npc #
  • Howes: The government represents the people of Australia, the mining companies don't. #npc #
  • Palmer: Negotiations and consultations don't exist: when our people arrive at Treasury they're told the tax is staying. #npc #
  • Palmer: Real consultation should be about whether we have a tax or don't have a tax. #npc [I like that one…] #
  • Who let @BernardKeane in? #npc #
  • Keane asks Palmer which section of the Constitution is under attack by the RSPT. #npc #
  • Did I hear that right: Palmer says the Constitution vests power to tax minerals with the States & to tax profits with the Commonwealth. #npc #
  • Howes asked whether it would have been better not to call the tax a "super profits" tax… says it could be "super dooper"… or… #
  • … a "moderate increase in taxation"… #npc #
  • Howes: No matter what the tax was called or how it was implemented, Clive would have opposed it – he's a proud member of the LNP. #npc #
  • Palmer says the Henry Report should have been tabled in Parliament and laid open to submissions and comment before RSPT announced. #npc #
  • Palmer: If it ain't broke, why try to fix it? #npc #
  • Palmer: If you have a super tax on minerals, why not on other industries? #npc #IDon'tUnderstandThisDebateOrPerhapsImBeingDeliberatelyObtuse #
  • Palmer laments the decline in influence of the ALP National Conference. #npc #INeverThoughtIWouldSeeTheDay #
  • @GrogsGamut Not so much 36 Faceless Men as 3 men and 1 woman with faces… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @Pollytics And there I was thinking you were concerned about rank and file participation… in reply to Pollytics #
  • You can see how Palmer has become a figure of such prominence in Qld conservative politics. #
  • Meanwhile, on the factory floor…. RT @bestqualitycrab: At a union meeting. Sadly we will not be storming the barricades today. #
  • Apparently Palmer is a true federalist and wants to leave mining decisions, including taxation, to the States. Someone tell Abbott. #npc #
  • @giorgiaxmas Avuncular, confident, a big dose of bluster, a (big) hint of the bully, self-deprecating… in reply to giorgiaxmas #
  • Sarbi the Detection Dog is coming home: http://auspol.info/9RPfjV – aahhh… #
  • Hockey asks Swan about those pie charts in the now famous Economic Note: http://auspol.info/dawnxm #qt #
  • Swan: "You always laugh when Joe's asking you about pies." #qt #
  • Did Rudd just attack New Zealand? #qt #
  • RT @Pollytics: On the BER helping GDP & its comparison to previous recessions – here's one I prepared earlier: http://twitpic.com/1t6sab #qt #
  • Hockey on the pie charts again. Tanner calls out, "you been talking to Godwin again?" #qt #
  • Hockey: Will Swan confirm that the pie charts in the Economic Note were constructed in his office? #qt. #
  • Albo says a question asked and answered cannot be repeatedly asked. Pyne says the Standing Orders say "fully answered"… #qt #
  • Pyne: "We thought the Minister for Resources was better than this grubby performance." #qt #
  • The Member for Hunter. Where do I know that face from? #qt #
  • The Member for Sturt is not to be allowed "one iota of latitude" from now on. He has been "very silly", says the Speaker. #qt #
  • "You will get up and withdraw," Speaker Jenkins instructs Pyne. #qt #
  • A savagely effective lashing for Kevin Andrews from Gillard. If only other ministers were as sharp. #qt #
  • @Pollytics It's all carnage on the front page of today's Bay Post: http://auspol.info/bJgU6q in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics Also car crashes and storms in Ulladulla: http://auspol.info/aMMU36 in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics And the same crashes and storms in Nowra: http://auspol.info/bvlhdC – although the ALP fracas is covered in this one. in reply to Pollytics #
  • Chippies and chalkies… don't they understand how patronising they sound when they use these appellations? #qt #
  • @Pollytics If my expert sources are any guide (ie my mother) the Rural Press takeover of many papers has so butchered them of content… in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics … that they may not be read as much as the genuinely local papers of yore. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics Take it from me, the frontpage picture on today's Sunraysia Daily is as unlikely as it gets: http://auspol.info/cbJyrq in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics That's true, it's still strong. But now that country areas have capital city TV, Austar, internet, etc, the influence has waned. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics You should have taken it. John Michael-Howson started on the Sunraysia Daily and look where it took him… in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics You think you've got problems. I'm apparently a "chalkie". Spent my life being told I don't live in the real world! in reply to Pollytics #
  • Michael Johnson, the expelled Liberal from Ryan, wants to stamp out intimidation and bullying in the LNP. #qt #
  • This is an interesting moment in the House… Pyne doesn't like it but the government seems in no hurry to shut him down. #
  • No hurry to shut down Johnson, I meant… #
  • The proposed structure of Victoria's new anti-corruption commission: http://auspol.info/ac5dGz (via @smurray38) #
  • It's only his first day on Twitter, but @AndrewRobbMP is only following the Liberal Party and 13 parliamentary colleagues. Engagement? #
  • Shadow Finance Minister @AndrewRobbMP's speech to the Sydney Institute: The Coalition Roadmap http://auspol.info/a2lqLt #
  • @GrogsGamut How can she tell? in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @s_dog I know: http://auspol.info/b17J17 in reply to s_dog #
  • Some blog posts from the Nat. Library @nlagovau on their 50 a day digitisation program: http://auspol.info/b3yzPk http://auspol.info/9M9xbj #
  • The winter of teachers' discontent: http://auspol.info/a1f1ty – 'Winston Smith' on Gillard, the AEU, NAPLAN & Richard III. #
  • Just watched Gillard's interview on #730Report – video here: http://auspol.info/c6pTso – a marked contrast to the mauling received by others #
  • RT @godwingrech: Gillard always gets off lightly in #730Report land because of the international #redhead conspiracy #yourepartofit #
  • Just realised twaudio.io only shows the last 20 clips I've uploaded. The others have been lost, by the looks. Not impressed. #
  • The Rod Blagojevich trial rattles insiders: http://auspol.info/bANC3u – the former Illinois Governor's trial begins tomorrow. #
  • A Storyteller Loses the Story Line: http://auspol.info/bP4Skp – Maureen Dowd says Obama better seize control. #
  • Frank Sinatra – Strangers On My Flight http://auspol.info/cAz9QY #

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