My Latest Twitter Updates

  • At the end of the Faulkner-Smith press conference on Afghanistan, there was this question to the statesmen: http://twaud.io/dtW #qt #
  • A Dorothy to Rudd on hospital reform – remember that? #qt #
  • Rudd talks and puts the argument but it's so mired in verbal sludge that it is in no way persuasive. #qt #
  • @AgnessMack If you need to be translated, you're not communicating. in reply to AgnessMack #
  • Compare Swan: it's unspectacular, even stodgy, and certainly not stylish, but there's a plot line there. #qt #
  • Ben Eltham has a good piece on Rudd's communication on The Drum: http://auspol.info/9khRF2 – a good line about the "background radiation". #
  • Hockey's question: Rudd paints a picture of unemployment had they not stimulated the economy. That's effective. #qt #
  • Tanner: one of the government's ministers I always WANT to listen to. #qt #
  • "Policies on lay-by" – a good image but does anyone know what lay-by is these days? #qt #
  • The House is more lively today, compared to Mon-Tue – but wait till tomorrow. #qt #
  • Pitting Brad Orgill against Pyne… #qt #
  • Gillard's riddle: When is a billion dollars not a billion dollars? A: When it's promised by the National Party. #qt #
  • Michael Johnson asks his last ever question in the House of Representatives. #qt #
  • @AgnessMack Expulsion and imminent political death seems to have that effect! in reply to AgnessMack #
  • Sleepless in Canberra: http://auspol.info/9HEtV7 – A 2pm siesta and Question Time at 4pm… Bob Ellis might be onto something. #
  • And here come the terrorist boats… #qt #
  • @BernardKeane Sorry to be a pedant but wasn't it Christine with a "k"? Or has my memory failed me? in reply to BernardKeane #
  • My local member is very annoyed about the irrelevance of a "filthy smear campaign". #qt #
  • And now I've lost my representation in the House. #qt #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd a question about suicide at The Gap. #qt #
  • Rudd passes the question to Albanese who's well prepared with local government infrastructure spending figures. #qt #
  • As we learnt when Turnbull was leader, you can always catch him out on the detail. A fired-up Albanese is doing just that. #qt #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Still struggling to see how it's the responsibility of a federal government to build a fence for a local council. #
  • This is what Question Time could be like all the time. #qt #
  • @SimonThomsen Thanks for that – hadn't seen that paper. in reply to SimonThomsen #
  • Speaker Jenkins lectures the House on not abusing the procedural device of "indulgence"… #qt #
  • Albanese makes a personal explanation – accuses Turnbull of lying… #qt #
  • That was fascinating – a genuine member's question, a debate about federal/local roles and the processes of allocating public money. #qt #
  • And a demonstration of political style: Turnbull overplaying his hand, a well-prepared minister, an opportunist Opposition leader. #qt #
  • @SimonThomsen Thanks to @smurray38, I'm claiming bragging rights on this one: http://bit.ly/9vF1F6 in reply to SimonThomsen #
  • @smurray38 Thanks – these things matter, as I'm sure you understand! in reply to smurray38 #
  • I'm not letting Belinda Neal into my place to check my virus protection: http://auspol.info/91cgfx #
  • Well, that will teach me to go for a walk at this time of night… #
  • When did news of this break? #
  • Speers on Sky says Rudd and Gillard meeting together on the leadership… #
  • Speers says text message gone to Liberal MPs to keep their mouths shut tonight. #
  • RT @Tzarimas: Laurie Oakes says #spill began at 9.30 this morning. #channel9 #
  • RT @tobiasziegler: Right around 7pm – ABC had a snippet at the top of the bulletin, Kerry got it while recording interview with Faulkner. #
  • Sky says Arbib/Feeney have withdrawn support… talk of Bill Shorten as kingmaker… #
  • Labor in talks to oust Rudd: http://auspol.info/atabnd – Chris Uhlmann (ABC) #
  • Labor hierarchy meeting in PM's office: http://auspol.info/aG7UDn – The Age #
  • One thing to make sure you do tonight is take NO notice of anything Kieran Gilbert says… #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: so Turnbull asks question in #qt about suicide, and then the ALP right wing decides to put it into practice… #
  • Rudd faces leadership plot: http://auspol.info/97jZya – The Australian #
  • Speers on Sky says Rudd cannot survive with credibility after what appears to be happening tonight. He's right. #
  • Labor figures plot to dump Kevin Rudd: http://auspol.info/cfyouY – News.com.au #
  • And take no notice of anything that Morris says tonight. He's already running the campaign lines, not assessing tonight's events. #
  • The Punch has a live blog of events: http://auspol.info/bo7Zmx #
  • Gilbert on Sky claims NSW Right is backing Gillard… if true then it IS all over for Rudd. #
  • RT @smurray38: I said ..last night sending Jordan out to take soundings spoke volumes. No trust/relationship among his colleagues? #spill #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: Rudd should convene caucus tomorrow, Gillard should move confidence. And rightwing heads should roll: http://is.gd/d0ijG #
  • Well, it is clearly all over, unless Rudd and Gillard have patched up some hard-to-believe deal between them…. #
  • So Rudd's prime ministership looks like lasting 2 years, 6 months, 21 days, assuming Gillard takes over tomorrow: http://auspol.info/atFB8e #
  • If Rudd falls tonight, he will become the 16th longest serving prime minister, just ahead of Scullin but behind Barton and Whitlam. #
  • Rudd's demise will make him the only prime minister in Australia's political history not to see out his first term and fight a second poll. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: If Julia Gillard becomes PM, the Libs can forget about it. Very hard luck for T Abbott. #spill #
  • RT @KJBar: Yep he's on #Lateline at ABC1 1030pm RT @howespaul Will be on lateline to explain our position #
  • Has @LarvatusProdeo been hacked? Cheap viagra? http://auspol.info/9i3pwj #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: ..on the theory of "changing the narrative". Very hard call for Abbott to win against a Gillard led Govt. In my opinion. #
  • Well, I hope Kim Beazley will do the right thing and make way for Rudd in Washington. #spill #
  • Peter Hartcher: The dynamic of the destructiveness unleashed today is forcing the outcome tonight… #spill #
  • Except they didn't actually see it coming, yet again… RT @GreenJ: a certain smugness in the media at this coup by commentariat #
  • Albanese is not from the Right, Grahame Morris… send this mischief maker home, Sky News! #
  • RT @abcmarkscott: Conclusive proof why free-to-air TV needs a news channel. ABC News 24 almost here. Sorry it is not ready tonight. Soon. #
  • Steve Lewis on Sky: "This has really taken people by surprise." What he means is journalists are shown yet again to be way behind the news. #
  • Challenge to Rudd in the morning, says Gilbert on Sky. #spill #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Press conference PM now #spill 10:10pm #
  • RT @markgkenny: Am informed Kevin Rudd has accepted his psotion is untenable and has agreed to quit #
  • So is there a spill, or a resignation? #spill #
  • What Rudd says in the next few minutes will determine the outcome of the election. A challenge in the morning is suicidal. #spill #
  • So much for technology… RT @Chrisquirk: Is anyone – Internet/FTA/Pay TV showing the media conference??? #spill #
  • Hehehe… RT @LisaMillar: Ok – confessing to be desperate in DC – is anyone streaming Rudd presser live online? #spill #
  • @anthonybaxter They've been whipping it up but no-one saw this coming. Conventional wisdom all week has been no challenge. in reply to anthonybaxter #
  • RT @KJBar: ABC1 will take live feed of Rudd presser.. has not started yet.. #
  • Note this moment… it doesn't come much wilder than this. #spill2 #spill #
  • Sky News has live coverage of Rudd press conference – ABC also crossing live. #
  • Gilbert quoting sources saying Swan to become Deputy Prime Minister to Gillard. #
  • Bill Shorten at a Kingston Vietnamese restaurant working 2 mobile phones… #
  • RUDD calls Caucus meeting at 9am. #
  • Rudd: I was elected by the people to do a job. I intend to keep doing that job to the best of my ability. #
  • Rudd: The government has acquitted itself well… in health…economic crisis…important reforms… #
  • Rudd: It has become apparent to me that a number of factional leaders no longer support my leadership… I will be contesting the ballot. #
  • RT @MikeJohnsonMP: Labor chaos reminds me of fighting for Tony Abbott on 1st December, 2009!!! #
  • Gillard footage: "Can I confirm I will be a candidate in the ballot tomorrow. I have nothing else to say." #
  • Van Onselen says Gillard's call is gutsy by putting it in the hands of Caucus and then giving the people a say in the election… #
  • Van Onselen says it's gutsy that the electorate gets a chance to vote on what everyone expected would occur in the next term anyway. #
  • Rudd's remarks on asylum seekers and climate change were a call to the Left for votes but also a disturbing insight into what's going on. #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Paul Howes, Bill Shortens protege, declares AWU is backing Gillard #spill #lateline #
  • RT @Tzarimas: Paul Howes: Tonight's events are about Labor ensuring its message gets through. #spill #lateline #
  • Howes: This is a good govt with a good message that we can't get out because there is a cloud over it. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Julia Gillard will be Prime Minister tomorrow. It's that simple. Kevin Rudd's Prime Ministership is over. #alpspill #
  • .@BernardKeane But how many votes does Rudd get? #
  • RT @BernardKeane: There is an anger toward Rudd in Caucus that has to be heard to be believed, esp after revelations about Alister Jordan #
  • And I thought it had been cancelled… RT @sspencer_63: I knew there was a reason we moved TEN morning news to 9AM. How's that for timing! #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Paul Howes says the canvassing of support by Rudd's staff was "a great mistake" #spill2 #
  • Howes: It scares me to think that in a couple of months Abbott will be sitting in the Lodge. #
  • @KeziahHill Can't agree – would be suicidal to go early now. in reply to KeziahHill #
  • Tony Jones asks Howes about axing the RPST if Gillard gets up – he supports the tax. #
  • Howes: Gillard has shown she can be one of the best PMs ever… a deeply impressive lady. #
  • A most interesting, possibly momentous evening, says Tony Jones. #Lateline #
  • Ashleigh Gillon says Gillard looked distressed and rattled earlier this evening. #
  • What would happen tomorrow if enough Labor MPs opted to support their elected leader & PM? If they told the NSW Right to go jump? #
  • In earlier times on this day… RT @Kennedy1960: NY Times- 6/23/60- “Kennedy is Victor in State Caucus” #
  • So Peter Garrett won't get to vote tomorrow morning. The ALP's Fran Bailey of the leadership ballot. #
  • Watching the replay of Rudd's press conference on Sky… imagine tomorrow morning at 9.30am if Rudd managed to win. Rage anyone? #
  • RT @Colvinius: Garrett arguing against whaling while his leader is being comprehensively harpooned. #
  • Think of some others tonight… what is John Howard thinking? And Peter Costello? #
  • And only now is the Sky News panel starting to discuss the possibility of a Rudd fightback. #
  • What are the ambitious young men of the NSW RIght thinking tonight? Tony Burke? Chris Bowen? Jason Clare? Did they plan on succeeding Julia? #
  • RT @GreenJ: …. he could win you know. and wasn't it Gillard who pushed hard to kill the CPRS? #
  • @GreenJ Yes, knocking over an 8-year-old PM Hawke is one thing but this? in reply to GreenJ #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Libs obviously worried by Gillard, given strength of twitter attacks tonight. Fascinating watching new found love for Rudd #
  • RT @weemala: So leftie Gillard will be installed by RW to cave-in to miners and get tough on asylum seekers – yuck – #spill #
  • Craig Emerson tells Gillon he "always supports the leader". #
  • RT @abcnews: ACT Labor Senator Kate Lundy says she will vote for Ms Gillard http://bit.ly/9qyNaZ #
  • Lundy votes for Gillard. Remind me who left Lundy out of the current ministry? #
  • Grahame Morris suggests Rudd will be called upon not to nominate in the morning to prevent humiliation and the party blowing up. #
  • Cheer him out the door or kick him out the door? Van Onselen makes a good point about which is the best option. #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: ALP will need a much better reason to dump Rudd than 'polls made us do it' &'Jordan upset people' served up by@howespaul #
  • Finally had something to eat… #
  • @shalailah Are you sure about that link? http://bit.ly/aj3W2 #
  • Game over for Kevin Rudd: http://auspol.info/b6r1sU – George Megalogenis #
  • The media has shut up shop for the night and even Twitter has calmed down, but the really interesting conversations are happening now. #
  • @melanie_james I meant ALP caucus conversations! What's nmas10? in reply to melanie_james #
  • "Julia may have missed the bus" http://auspol.info/b0BkAn – quite a few articles written this week have been overtaken by events. #
  • RT @David_Speers: Cabinet source: it's all over, Gillard-Swan ticket has the numbers locked in. #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: Full text of Kevin Rudd's press conference: http://tinyurl.com/27dz9el #spill #
  • RT @abcnews: The latest from Chris Uhlmann: Gillard poised to defeat Rudd http://bit.ly/dr3AG9 #
  • RT @sandraom: Callers to ABC ..radio are almost unanimous in their support for Rudd against Gillard. Aren't they meant to be leftie voters? #
  • Gillard challenges, Swan defects: http://auspol.info/au94le – The Age main story. #
  • It's been hard to know which TV channel or radio station to tune into over the past couple of hours but there's a common theme… #spill #
  • …so many commentators telling us why this has happened yet the ALP has made monkeys out of all of us who didn't see this coming. #spill #
  • Chris Uhlmann tells Jon Faine on 774 that Rudd has only around 30 votes. #spill #
  • So now we're in the #spill equivalent of 6-7pm on election night: no news, polling booths closed, much mindless chatter and speculation. #
  • If you're an ex-leader, ex-party apparatchik, celebrity reporter-on-the-make, this is your time to help fill the void. #spill #
  • Is this the right time to repeat my criticisms of the lack of insiders on #Insiders? We might have been able to see this coming… #
  • Question: when is Gillard sworn in? Later this morning to allow her to appear in Question Time at 2pm as PM? #spill #
  • John Brumby tells Faine on 774 that he doesn't intend to comment until the vote is in. He's now commenting… #spill #
  • Julia Gillard was Brumby's Chief of Staff during the dog days of the mid-1990s. That would have toughened anyone up. #spill #
  • And what happens to the G20? Get Garrett to pop over on his way home? #spill #
  • @teenman You stole my next question… in reply to teenman #
  • And there's Bob Ellis on Sky – the only man who tipped Tony Abbott to win the ballot against Turnbull last year. #
  • @BernardKeane Do you know who's scheduled when for valdedictories? in reply to BernardKeane #
  • RT @abcnews: Kelvin Thomson: Too many decisions have been made by the "unelected adolescents" in PM's office #spill #
  • Kelvin Thomson & Kate Lundy have been prominent this morning. Garrett too. What do they have in common? #spill #thisisnotatrickquestion #
  • Julia Irwin giving a spray to Mark Arbib on Sky. #spill #
  • Speers says Rudd may make a "presentation to his colleagues" at the start of the Caucus meeting. Pull the other one. #spill #
  • @samanthamaiden I would never have guessed that… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @eirinn22 Not arrogance – there's dignity and legitimacy in having a ballot. We need more of these when leadership is changed. in reply to eirinn22 #
  • Mr. Gilbert says you only get one chance at a first impression & Gillard will announce a position on RSPT, ETS & refugees today… Noted… #
  • @sspencer_63 hehehe… in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • Good point from Speers on Sky: we don't yet know the full details of Gillard, Swan, Tanner involvement in this #spill. #
  • @downesy Get off my turf! Stick to bagging The Age. I do the ABC. in reply to downesy #
  • RT @LMARTI: It's the curse of the Quarterly Essay… Malcolm Turnbull and now Kevin Rudd…. #spill #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: It's Julia no ballot #spill #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Labor Mp text: it's Julia no ballot #spill #
  • And @samanthamaiden takes the honours for getting the first leak. #
  • JULIA GILLARD ELECTED UNOPPOSED – official. #spill #
  • WAYNE SWAN NEW DEPUTY LEADER – ELECTED UNOPPOSED. #spill #
  • Sen. Michael Forshaw says Rudd made a gracious speech to Caucus. #spill #
  • Forshaw asked about transition arrangements… says it's not for him to announce, he's only the Returning Officer! #spill #
  • Now Gillard needs to do an Anna Bligh… #spill #
  • RT @JimTurnourMP: Kevin Rudd graciously resigned from the Labor Leadership this morning and Julia Gillard is the new leader. #
  • Plibersek approaches media scrum… tears in her eyes… #spill #
  • RT @DrJavaBeans: The nation of Wales celebrates: "Well if we can't be Prime Minister of our OWN country…" #spill #spill2 #
  • It's started already… Speers mentions that Gillard is unmarried… that really makes a difference in public policy… #spill #
  • @derekbarry Hehehe…. you know that's NOT what I meant. She will probably do the success and failure thing in the usual order! in reply to derekbarry #
  • Gillard and Swan emerge…. #spill #
  • Gillard and Swan flanked by members, including Minister Crean. #spill #
  • Gillard: "I feel very honoured and I will be making a statement shortly." #spill #
  • RT @mirandadevine: julia's mum will get her G&T at the Lodge now #
  • Gillard Grabs Her Moment In History: http://www.theage.com.au/ – The Age website #
  • Rudd and Faulkner walking from meeting. #spill #
  • Rudd and Faulkner having a conversation about something very vague as the cameras roll. #spill #
  • Faulkner is the party's link with civilised behaviour. #spill #
  • @Colvinius We've never used the term as far as I know. She's PM-elect perhaps. Most importantly, she's already Labor leader. in reply to Colvinius #
  • Arthur Sinodinos: Labor has panicked. Opp will argue you've changed the leader but not the policies. State-based politics applied here. #
  • Here we go… everything you hear from now on will have none of the brutal, raw honesty of the past 12 hours. It's election time. #spill #
  • RT @smurray38: Gerard Henderson furiously writing to .@abcmarkscott, saying Clarke/Dawe must be dropped from tonight's extended 7.30Report #
  • RT @sarahinthesen8: Congratulations to Julia Gillard. First female Prime Minister, no small feat. #

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