My Latest Twitter Updates

  • ..command… #reshuffle #
  • Gillard asked about investigation into BER funding. She says unfair to Crean to take questions on this until he is briefed. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard on factions: Our focus is on governing and then on campaigning to regain the people's trust. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard: It's appropriate as leader that I form a team, behave consultatively. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard asked about disbanding the SPBC, Strategic Priorities and Budget Committee of Cabinet, the "gang of four"… #reshuffle #
  • Gillard says all decisions will go to Cabinet. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard confirms Tanner to remain as Finance Minister until the election. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard confirms there will be no new faces in the ministry. Her portfolios taken by Crean, with Smith taking on Crean's Trade post. #
  • Gillard asked whether she will nominate a new Finance minister before the election. No. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard: I take nothing for granted. If we are elected, I will shape the ministry accordingly. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard asked about lack of regional voices in her ministry. She hesitates briefly before talking of regional focus of various ministers. #
  • Gillard asked about pursuit of Asia-Pacific Community… says she's not here today to discuss detailed policies, will talk with Smith. #
  • Gillard asked about abolition of kitchen Cabinet… she says she wants a proper system of Cabinet government. #
  • Gillard: I couldn't be clearer…I want a traditional system of Cabinet government. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard asked about a quick election, given the modest ministerial changes. She gives vague response about steady hands on the wheel. #
  • Gillard says people will welcome the chance to take a breath on population issues. #
  • Crean asked about equality of opportunity in education…he says education is the great enabler…Gillard has created a framework… #
  • Crean: We set up many of these frameworks, only to see them dismantled under Howard. #reshuffle #
  • Gillard stipulates two more questions before everyone freezes… #
  • Gillard on population: am putting environmental concerns, planning and where population goes at the forefront of the growth question. #
  • Gillard asked if CPRS is still govt policy… she talks of need for a price on carbon but says much to be done on building a consensus. #
  • Gillard's media conference has concluded. #
  • Gillard's style at the press conference was impressive. In control, good-humoured, refusing to be stampeded into policy on-the-run. #
  • Gillard should have been a school teacher. She handled the press gallery as if they were unruly Year 9s. #
  • @iBleeter There's still a chance to mould the Year 9s into decent human beings? in reply to iBleeter #
  • RT @latikambourke: Rudd's released a statement. He's taking a break. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Rudd:'Last Thursday, in my farewell press conference as Prime Minister, I said that I would re-contest the next election. #
  • RT @latikambourke: Rudd: 'Ultimately, decisions on Cabinet appointments are a matter for the Prime Minister. I respect that.' #
  • RT @theburgerman: Rudd: 'For the immediate future, my family and I have decided to take a break.' #
  • RT @theburgerman: Rudd: 'Following that, I will be working in my own electorate of Griffith …' #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Rudd: "I would be prepared to serve…I would do so in the interests of the Government and the country." #
  • Read this… RT @1petermartin: Prof Peter Drysdale explains Rudd’s demise to foreigners in his weekly digest: http://bit.ly/blabcc #
  • Shoulder-deep in the entrails: http://auspol.info/c5jX2n – Shane Maloney was in Parlt House last week. Some marvellous pen portraits here. #
  • Maloney on Paul Kelly: "What ponderous platitudes must Kelly's gigantic intellect be distilling from this moment, I wonder." #
  • Maloney: "Swan combines the gravity of a cardinal with the air of a a man who just found a $50 note on the footpath." #
  • Maloney: "Fran Kelly is a corgi, straining at the leash. Barking, barking. "Juliagillard, juliagillard, juliagillard." #
  • Anyone like a few dollars on Rudd announcing his retirement from Parliament sometime around the calling of the election? #
  • RT @smurray38: So many class acts in this piece – a wonderful tribute RT @Colvinius: Fairfax Peter Bowers obituary. http://colv.in/ablyWE #
  • Geoffrey Barker has a good analysis of Gillard's rise: http://auspol.info/avNGlT #
  • "But just because something gets more complicated is simply no reason to ignore it" – @Pollytics on Rudd's numbers http://auspol.info/ahROQu #
  • That's a lot of ceremony to add one word… RT @Tony_Burke: Heading to Yarralumla to be sworn in as Minister for Sustainable Population. #
  • @GreenJ Go to Settings -> Contacts and change "First, Last" to "Last, First" in reply to GreenJ #
  • Simon Crean says he knew nothing of the challenge to Rudd until 7pm last Wednesday evening when the news broke. #PMAgenda #
  • @smurray38 It's the dominance of Ken Henry on The 7.30 Report montage that I'm concerned about. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 An ABC audience would not only recognise Ken Henry in a dark alley, they would help him find his way out. in reply to smurray38 #
  • "Baby, we've got a long way to go." http://auspol.info/aZPkxV – Of course Lauren Rosewarne is right. #
  • Interesting to compare the pictures on Ch10 news of Gillard amongst women voters and Abbott's doorstop surrounded by middle-aged men. #
  • Paul Bongiorno, Channel 10, says "there's a strong feeling late August is the date". #
  • @WNBSprague She was active in Emily's List but Kirner, Lawrence and others were prime movers in the affirmative action policy – I think. in reply to WNBSprague #
  • Senator Robert Byrd, 51 years a Democratic Senator from West Virginia, has died. http://auspol.info/bjt1B4 #
  • Byrd also served 6 years in the House of Representatives and was the longest-serving member of Congress. #
  • Byrd was the king of pork. Drive through West Virginia & there are roads, schools, dams, federal office buildings & other infrastructure… #
  • …that stand as testament to his unerring capacity to drive federal funds to his state. #
  • "We Stand Passively Mute": Robert Byrd's 2003 speech to the US Senate arguing against the impending war in Iraq. http://auspol.info/cp0FGD #
  • Earlier, in Oct 2002, Byrd was the only senator to oppose debate on Bush's Joint Resolution 46, authorising force: http://auspol.info/ar1cp6 #
  • This is Byrd's eloquent contribution to the Senate trial, following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton: http://auspol.info/9CLs6d #
  • RT @smurray38: Presumably in readiness for some time, WaPo's obituary for Sen Byrd, Senate champion; laggard on race http://bit.ly/aEfRed #
  • Senator Byrd's death means that the Republicans have an excellent chance of taking his seat in the Senate. #
  • RT @journalismnews: 'Pioneering' use of Twitter gets Australian journalism award winner ahead of pack http://idek.net/2VTu @latikambourke #
  • Catching up on the evening news…7's Mark Riley says Gillard met her match in Queanbeyan with a tobacconist protesting the cigarette tax… #
  • #MediaWatch could be fun tonight… #
  • The ABC is getting a caning from @jonaholmesmw, especially the disappointing NewsRadio. #MediaWatch #
  • Good heavens. Extraordinary. #MediaWatch #
  • A classic #MediaWatch. Even though @jonaholmesmw criticised the ABC, can you imagine a commercial network having the guts to show this? #
  • Is 6 guests enough to stop Ms Trioli from dominating the discussion tonight? #qanda #
  • Christine Wallace says it was humane and did Kevin Rudd a favour. Hmm. #qanda #
  • @lapuntadelfin Now you're just being a parochial states righter. I'm a nationalist. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @samanthamaiden With a lot to say… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • Did Barnaby Joyce just criticise Sir John Kerr? #qanda #
  • Shorten: This wasn't about opinion polls…112 Caucus members didn't make this decision lightly…it was done quickly… #qanda #
  • Shorten: Rudd was a good PM and this govt's done a lot of good things.. #qanda #
  • Shorten says he first spoke to Gillard about Rudd on Wednesday. #qanda #
  • Wallace: Within an hour of Gillard taking over, a senior Lib politician was talking about Abbott's leadership. #qanda #
  • Barnaby Joyce: And it was men who did it. #qanda #
  • Shorten: The decision was made within Caucus…the govt was off-track…between insulation, climate change & mining… #
  • Albrechtsen: Rudd was a peculiar prime minister…he faltered because he was a rotten leader. #qanda #
  • Christine Wallace giving a good argument as to why unionists shouldn't support Labor? #qanda #
  • Albrectsen: "Even his brother said…" & "He was crying for himself". Send this appalling woman to FOX news. #qanda #
  • Shorten says he decided in the past 2 weeks that the ALP's chances were slim. Says people mentioned climate change and mining tax. #qanda #
  • Barnaby Joyce seems to display the Opposition's fear of Gillard with his silly defence of Rudd. #qanda #
  • Wallace says Rudd govt was a massive departure from normal processes of government – Cabinet sidelined. #qanda #
  • Magda: A sense of humour is a sign of emotional health. #qanda #
  • Barnaby just had his Joe Hockey tutu moment. #qanda #
  • @Matt_Kunkel Great minds think alike! in reply to Matt_Kunkel #
  • @Matt_Kunkel And you made it onto the teev. in reply to Matt_Kunkel #
  • @mtc01 Actually, it's neither. He handled it well and made a good joke about seeing it running across a paddock. in reply to mtc01 #
  • Magda: "Abbott is in love with Julia." Barnaby: "That's a huge call." #qanda #
  • Magda: "We're used to single, childless women running things – they're called nuns." #qanda #
  • Meanwhile… RT @Reuters: FLASH: Iran will delay resuming nuclear talks in order to "punish" West – Ahmadinejad #
  • I'm reminded that one of the best segments on Virginia Trioli's 774 Drive show was with Harold MItchell. He's quite thoughtful. #qanda #
  • @JudeEkerick I only told you that because I read it in Wikipedia… in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • RT @joe_hildebrand: EXCLUSIVE: GILLARD GENDER IRRELEVANT – NO ONE EVER PICKED ON PETER COSTELLO BECAUSE HE WASN'T A MAN http://bit.ly/cUs3bb #
  • I take it all back. The should let Ms Trioli host #qanda every week. #
  • @Pelican1 I think it was just a good panel that worked well together. Often, a 6 person panel makes for a scratchy show but not tonight. in reply to Pelican1 #
  • RT @newscomau: CIA unaware that Julia Gillard is PM http://bit.ly/dxaw54 #
  • RT @sspencer_63: …be fair, it took them 20 years to work out Mao and the Soviets were not actually a single entity. #
  • Julia Rudd! #Lateline #
  • @sspencer_63 Perhaps they think Werner Faymann is still in charge here. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • Tony Burke on deposing Rudd: people were questioning what we were doing and saying the deputy might be better. #Lateline #
  • An embarrassing moment for Tony Burke on #Lateline, trying not to invite Rudd to campaign in his electorate. #
  • Julia Rudd: http://twitpic.com/20pfp1 (via @KJBar @wolfcat et al) #
  • Julia Gillard 9 to 9: http://youtu.be/7PE_vr0t3FA – as mentioned on #qanda (via @stuarthorrex) #
  • Polls are turning federal politics into 'Big Brother', says Paul Rodan. http://auspol.info/cuQUZA – 5 ALP and Liberal leaders in 2.5 years. #
  • SMH tips August election as poll shows ALP bouncing back in Western Australia: http://auspol.info/aycVpC #

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