My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Galahs and polls: http://auspol.info/bOcIeD – I'm not convinced by some interpretations of the polls. #
  • @sspencer_63 Yes, thank you, I WAS being a tad sceptical about dismissing the 2PP as an indicator. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • The week started with opinion poll "news" – now it's "news" that the ALP Caucus didn't move against Rudd. Parallel universes. #
  • RT @haydencooper: Tony Abbott has told his party room, "we are within reach of a famous victory". #
  • Rudd looking and sounding brighter as he itemises welfare reform, the broadband agreement and parental leave legislation. #qt #
  • This is pathetic. Hockey lists a number of companies with profits greater than mining companies & asks about "great big new taxes." #qt #
  • And of course Rudd points out the policy is to lower the company tax rate. #qt #
  • "Making the road more rockier"?? Mr. Speaker, please… #qt #
  • RT @jamesmassola: Albo on the NBN, again – he told caucus earlier that Sid Sidebottom's marginal seat gets #NBN first, next month #qt #
  • "Leave your tom-toms and walkie-talkies behind" – Albo implores the Opposition to back the National Broadband Network. #qt #
  • And here's Dr. Tanner on the health benefits of the broadband network – question from Sid Sidebottom (Braddon – margin 2.5%) #qt #
  • "Florally terms"?? Mr. Speaker is somewhat garbled today. #qt #
  • Lots of benefits for small business in regional centres, Emerson tells Steve Gibbons from Bendigo (margin 6.2%) #qt #
  • Can you think of a "vandalistic" measure worse than shutting down the broadband network, Emerson asks. #qt #
  • The stunning little '53 Corvette has an AM radio. If you pay a bit more you can even get door handles which open from the inside. #qt #
  • RT @TurnbullMalcolm: KRudd very defensive about Prof Mendoza's resignation – a powerful indictment of Gvt's failure to address mental health #
  • Rudd on Abbott: "He speaks with a complete want of sincerity." #qt #
  • Line of the day from @BernardKeane: "…voting intention becomes firmer with age, perhaps one of the few things to do so." #
  • That's what we need: a foul, sectarian attack. #qt #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: Interesting that Labor MPs in Parlt show no signs of being demoralised. #qt #
  • That was one of the shortest Question Times in a long time. #qt #
  • The Nats refuse leave for a ministerial statement from Roxon on e-health. Truss and now Andrews are frothing over this one. #
  • An interesting document from ABC News 24 on "versatile story-telling": http://auspol.info/ahWMv4 (via @MargaretSimons and @crikey_news) #
  • How the hell did Buzz Bissinger – a Pulitzer Prize winner, for chrissakes – fall in love with Twitter: http://auspol.info/9fqILP #
  • Bob McMullan getting stuck into media coverage of polls on #PMAgenda. #
  • McMullan: No govt polling where we are six months out from an election has ever lost. #PMAgenda #
  • McMullan: PMs have been elected with Rudd's net approval rating. No Opposition Leader has even been elected with Abbott's rating. #PMAgenda #
  • McMullan: I'm not saying everything is going well… we're in a fight… but Abbott is more unpopular than other losing leaders. #PMAgenda #
  • McMullan: The talk is of plunging polls but The Aust's excellent pollster is showing the opposite. #PMAgenda #
  • McMullan: People who supported the thrice-rejected ETS are horrified that the Greens were part of that. #PMAgenda #
  • @sspencer_63 What's your view of the marginal seat polls in The Aust today? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: It's a good piece. @HillbillySkill MFarnsworth has done the best analysis of this: http://auspol.info/bOcIeD #
  • RT @leighsales: Interesting piece by @mfarnsworth regarding the current political polls http://bit.ly/cutQzo (via @laurieoakes) #
  • My motto is take the compliments where you can get 'em … RT @desertgirl_2: Very interesting piece indeed! #
  • I just stumbled across the Aust Electoral Commission's enrolment site: http://auspol.info/989n7q "Famous People Vote Too . com" #
  • Where do I enrol? http://youtu.be/1qT6yl2df94 #
  • And proof of a conflict of interest: http://youtu.be/c3jjqujzw3Q #
  • @Gibbot5000 Behave yourself. in reply to Gibbot5000 #
  • @downesy Just looked at the comments – they seem remarkably mild. Mind you, many would qualify for editing jobs at The Age… in reply to downesy #
  • Marvellous – Big Ben has to be wound three times a week! #GreatCities #
  • The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is about to deliver the new government's first budget. http://auspol.info/aPReKo #
  • Osborne: This budget pays for the past and it plans for the future. #ukbudget #
  • Osborne: 1 pound in every 4 that we spend is borrowed. #
  • Anyone know the hashtag for the UK budget? #
  • This new government's frontbench looks like a bunch of high school prefects… #
  • @MiltonFriedmans #budget apparently. The arrogance of the British… in reply to MiltonFriedmans #
  • Osborne says the UK #junebudget should be in structural balance by 2014-15. Debt as share of GDP falling by 2015-16. #
  • RT @DrSamuelJohnson: Master Geo. OSBORNE carries a red Luncheon-Box, pack'd by my Lord SANDWICH, for his auspicious Journey unto Parliament #
  • Osborne: Lower spending rather than higher taxes… #junebudget #
  • Osborne: 77% of budget goals achieved by spending cuts, 23% by tax increases. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: This govt will not be joining the Euro in this parliament. #junebudget Treasury's "Euro Preparation Unit" abolished. #
  • Osborne: 30 billion pounds of expenditure reductions. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: The Civil List will remain frozen at 7.9 million pounds. Future lists will be subject to audit. #junebudget #
  • Osborne talks of 25% cuts in departmental spending over 4 years. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: 2 year pay freeze for the public sector. Low-paid to be protected. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: Welfare to be pegged to consumer price index. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: Payments to families earning over 40,000 pounds to be reduced. Extensive adjustment of scales, schedules, et al. #junebudget #
  • Osborne freezes child benefit payment – loud reaction from Labour benches. #junebudget #
  • Osborne says housing benefit payments are "completely out of control" – maximum limits imposed and extensive other adjustments. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: 11 billion pounds of welfare savings by 2014-15. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: Employers' national insurance threshold to be increased. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: Corporation tax cut by 1% per year over 4 years. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: Tax relief for video games industry cancelled. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: The failures of the banks means they should make a more appropriate contribution… financial activities tax to be considered. #
  • Osborne: Bank balance sheet levy to be introduced. #junebudget #
  • It sounds like a great big new tax to me. #junebudget #
  • Osborne says govt will support private broadband investment – a planned landline duty to be scrapped before its planned intro. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: VAT increased from 17.5% to 20%. Labour benches erupt. Cries of shame. Speaker calls for calm. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: VAT increase will generate 13 billion pounds of extra revenue. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: No new duties on alcohol, tobacco or fuel. #junebudget #
  • @smurray38 Peter Costello calls for Osborne's resignation? in reply to smurray38 #
  • Osborne: Personal Income tax allowance increased. #junebudget #
  • Osborne: This coalition govt will be different… we are a progressive alliance governing in the national interest… #junebudget #
  • Osborne: earnings link for state pensions to be restored. #junebudget #
  • An "eye watering budget" says the BBC reporter. #junebudget #
  • RT @smurray38: The official #junebudget papers from the Treasury: http://bit.ly/9BKGL5 #
  • ComeOn…Australians standing up! http://auspol.info/bi4oXf a competitor for GetUp!? See @GrahamY's introduction: http://bit.ly/dfyj4C #
  • @lapuntadelfin It's the open market-place of ideas – the internet at its democratic best… see, I know all the cliches… #
  • Is anyone listening to the positives? http://auspol.info/aQ9Nm8 – Michelle Grattan on the Labor caucus. #
  • Amid the poll frenzy, a nation yearns for inspired leadership: http://auspol.info/buMXu4 – WARNING: a P-rated column from Shaun Carney. #
  • Rudd's secret polling on his leadership: http://auspol.info/9LIhQY – SMH says Alister Jordan took Caucus soundings on the PM's leadership. #

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