My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Abbott says "you can trust the coalition to keep our borders safe"… says boat people who destroy documents will be denied refugee status. #
  • Abbott says coalition govt would give the Minister more oversight of refugee applications… #
  • Abbott: Coalition govt would give priority to off shore applications to Aust's refugee programme… #
  • Abbott: coalition govt would trial a refugee sponsorship programme, enabling groups in Aust to privately sponsor refugeees – Canadian model. #
  • Abbott's "real action plan for restoring integrity and fairness to refugee decision making" is here: http://auspol.info/a3PytE #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: Thereby putting politics at centre of process… "Abbott says would give Minister more oversight of refugee applications" #
  • Abbott: "We will put an end to Labor's tick and flick approach where decisions are made on a 'balance of probabilities' … #
  • Abbott: … "rather than hard evidence of a person's identity". #
  • Pictures on @SkyNewsAust of Michael Keenan talking of "sophisticated criminal gangs" engaged in people smuggling. #
  • RT @David_Speers: Senate committee in 2004 decided against turning back asylum seekers who arrived without documents. #
  • Julia Gillard is about to speak at the Lowy Institute on refugee policy… #
  • The man from Lowy Institute, introducing Gillard, says Aust can only influence the world by the quality of its ideas… #
  • RT @abcnews: OK, here goes Gillard http://bit.ly/watchABCnow #
  • Gillard begins by acknowledging Frank Lowy as a great Australian who arrived as a refugee by boat… #
  • Gillard: I said I would lead a strong govt… that's why I moved to resolve the resource tax… #
  • Gillard: A national leader has to listen, take stock… that's why I announced a sustainable population approach… #
  • Gillard: We are same size as US but 80% of our population lives on the coast… bigger population isn't necessarily better… #
  • Gillard makes second reference to a "young Frank Lowy" arriving as a refugee 60 years ago. Look for Frank on the news tonight? #
  • Gillard: The rule of law is what attracts many asylum seekers to our country… #
  • Gillard makes another reference to her own parents as migrants who didn't get a "special track" to success… #
  • Gillard: A regional processing centre removes the incentive for people smugglers… #
  • Gillard: have discussed with East Timor's Ramos Horta a processing centre… #
  • Gillard: Centre will need to be properly run and resourced… I look forward to more discussions on this proposal… #
  • Gillard: Have also discussed this proposal with the New Zealand Prime Minister… #
  • Gillard: Have discussed this with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees… #
  • Gillard: My govt is not interested in a new Pacific solution but a constructive regional solution… #
  • Gillard: This is not a quick fix, there is no quick fix – but this is a promising start to a regional solution… #
  • Gillard: Steps we must take in the interim…we have decided to lift immediately the suspension on consideration of Sri Lankan claims. #
  • Gillard: Suspension of Afghan asylum seeker claims stays but remains under consideration. #
  • Gillard: I am committed to treating people with consideration but if they are not refugees they will be sent home. #
  • Gillard: We have made arrests and secured prosecutions/convictions of people smugglers, more patrol boats, more assets deployed than ever… #
  • Gillard: We destroy the boats we apprehend… #
  • Gillard: If re-elected I move to toughen penalties further. #
  • Gillard: Austs are prepared to welcome refugees…but they expect them to learn the rules… learn English, get a job, send kids to school.. #
  • Gillard: The rules are the rules…refugees will shoulder the same responsibilities as Australians generally. #
  • Gillard: "Moving forward"… #
  • Gillard: Before the end of the year I will seek the people's endorsement so that we may all move forward together. #
  • Meanwhile… RT @australian: Keating pleads 'not guilty' to driving charge: http://bit.ly/98cyIc #
  • Sounds like Keating was moving forward when he shouldn't have been… http://bit.ly/98cyIc #
  • So Gillard puts the arguments we all wanted to hear Rudd make – but what has actually changed? #
  • RT @Pollytics: The beginning of a regional processing system overseen by the UNHCR that many of us have been arguing for, for years. #
  • Beating down the nail that protrudes: http://auspol.info/9OH5zq – Gregory Clark, in Japan, on Whitlam, Rudd & Gillard. #
  • Transcript of Gillard's speech to the Lowy Institute: http://auspol.info/9Hd8rE (Herald-Sun) #
  • Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged for 2nd month. Cash rate stays at 4.50%. #
  • Statement on Monetary Policy Decision by Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens: http://auspol.info/db5a8V #
  • RT @TraceyBarnett: The Economist photoshops Obama to make him look more depressed: http://bit.ly/b47xsG – image http://twitpic.com/22ui39 #
  • Boats and votes: Peter Browne debunks the conventional wisdom that asylum seekers is an issue with electoral clout http://auspol.info/duaur5 #
  • From October 2001… Tampa: How the UN blocked East Timor solution http://auspol.info/94IXVJ (via @marghutton) #
  • Nice line in Costar's Crikey piece on enrolment about Gillard asking Bill Shorten's mother-in-law for an election. http://auspol.info/aK8S2E #
  • @GrogsGamut Bob Brown will be Deputy Prime Minister in a coalition government yet… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Channel 7 reporting doubts about the Dili solution…East Timorese Deputy PM says "we're not ready". #
  • I can't believe I'm doing this… "There Will Never Be Another Ewe" #sheepsongs #
  • Listened to this Classic LNL interview with John Burton, controversial public servant, who died last month, at 95: http://auspol.info/9GaqDu #
  • We need a parliamentary historian here: http://auspol.info/djyixd – perhaps separate House and Senate historians? #
  • "Eye in the sky" technology to prevent cheating in exams: http://auspol.info/9ZIG9i – some extraordinary examples given here. #
  • So TweetDeck isn't working? Mine says API rate limit exceeded… #
  • It is not a good time to seek asylum: http://auspol.info/9ZMsCn – Michelle Grattan says the dog whistle is sounding like a wolf howl. #

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