My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Faulkner says he will recontest his Senate position at this year's election… #
  • Faulkner: She was very persuasive…she very much encouraged me to stay, to continue to make a contribution… #
  • Faulkner asked about this being the second time he has stood down from the frontbench but remained in Parliament… #
  • Faulkner reiterates his commitment to Rudd in 2007 that he would return to Cabinet for 3 years. "I have fulfilled that commitment." #
  • Faulkner says when his successor as Defence Minister is sworn in that will be the last day he will ever serve on the frontbench… #
  • Faulkner talks of continuing his mentoring role with new MPs… #
  • Faulkner says he wanted to make the announcement before the election is called…didn't want to be put in difficult position in campaign. #
  • Faulkner says his announcement is a sign of his commitment to openness and transparency… #
  • Faulkner says there is no element of frustration in his decision, despite problems with his integrity in govt agenda… #
  • Faulkner asked about Rudd's comment of a "race to the bottom" and use of Defence assets in her regional solution to asylum seekers issue. #
  • Faulkner says much of the material written about the Rudd challenge by the media was wrong. #
  • Faulkner says the reason he was invited to attend Rudd's office that evening (Jun 23) was because they knew he wouldn't tell anyone… #
  • Faulkner: Neither publicly, privately, or in any way will I share what occurred that night. #
  • Faulkner talks of an old-fashioned commitment to Cabinet responsibility, including not speaking outside his portfolio area. #
  • Faulkner asked if he felt an obligation to stay on and whether he will commit to a full 6-year term in the Senate. #
  • Faulkner reiterates his original commitment to serve for the life of the first term of the govt. "I have honoured that commitment." #
  • Faulkner says he reiterated his commitment at the time he moved from Special Minister of State to Defence… #
  • RT @mishaschubert: Vintage Faulkner: won't say anything abt the Rudd-Gillard meeting .. then notes it took hours & was only the 3 of them. #
  • Faulkner won't be drawn on who should replace him as Defence Minister…if I did make any recommendations I wouldn't share it with you. #
  • Faulkner asked whether the people deserve an explanation of what happened in the June 23 meeting in Rudd's office… #
  • Faulkner: Sometimes it's important that there are people with whom colleagues can have a private conversation… #
  • Faulkner: But I have shared the insight that there were only 3 people in that meeting… #
  • In other words, Faulkner is reminding us that most of the media coverage of the Rudd challenge that night was nonsense. #
  • Faulkner asked whether Rudd was a control freak…says "Kevin ran an extraordinary and disciplined campaign in 2007"… #
  • Faulkner: Kevin led us to victory after a long 11 years in Opposition…our party is always very generous to former leaders… #
  • Faulkner:… when those former leaders allow it to be… #
  • Faulkner: I've spoken to our current leader and to Whitlam, Hawke, Keating and Rudd about what I was doing before I announced it. #
  • Faulkner asked about Sussex St coming to Canberra and whether Rudd could have won the election… #
  • Faulkner: I didn't bring a crystal ball with me… I don't believed in hazarding guesses on these matters… I give my all to the new leader #
  • Faulkner: I thought Sussex Street had been in Canberra for yonks…I'm from Sussex Street orginally… #
  • Faulkner: It is important to accept that our party is a broad church… Labor is always at its best when it's united and focussed. #
  • Faulkner on Richo: the last comment I made on him was when he left the Parlt (1994) and I've nothing to add… #
  • Faulkner says he won't accept position of President of the Senate. #
  • Faulkner: the last Senator to serve in govt, then in Opposition, then in govt again was George Pearce, also Defence Minister. #
  • Faulkner says he remains committed to integrity, openness and transparency in govt advertising and other govt matters… #
  • Faulkner asked about whether he kept his foot on the jugular of the Defence Dept…says principles he espoused have been embraced by Defence #
  • Faulkner: I could not have asked for stronger support from the Defence Department… #
  • Faulkner's press conference has ended… #
  • I have a spare booking for the "Shitstorm" discussion with Taylor, Uren & Kohler at Cinema Nova, Carlton, 6.30pm tonight – any takers? Free. #
  • Readings bookshop link for "Shitstorm" discussion: http://auspol.info/cFgfpn #
  • Australia's new iron lady turns on migrants in bid for power: http://auspol.info/9cAcVi – UK view from The Independent. (via @zombiemao) #
  • RT @mumbletwits: My list of tweeting federal candidates (not sitting MPs) is here http://bit.ly/cp48HV . Would appreciate any additions. #
  • @bogongmoth I wondered if it was you! Thanks for that name – I'll pass it on. Sending you a DM… in reply to bogongmoth #
  • @mumbletwits RT @bogongmoth: Penny Wright is the lead Greens candidate in SA @PennyWrites #
  • RT @leighsales: This is the pre-launch promo for ABC News24 http://youtu.be/sf8WVJcwxv8 #
  • And guess what Channel 10 leads their Melbourne news with? #
  • @Denwise1 Nothing near as consequential as that… in reply to Denwise1 #
  • The crowd is gathering at the 'Shitstorm' book launch… We must be over 25 now… #
  • Jones pursuing Gillard on Plan B if East Timor falls through… this is a blooding experience for her. #Lateline #
  • Is next week 'fix climate change', Jones asks. I'm not going to agree with your description, she says. Quick fixes don't exist. #Lateline #
  • An interim carbon tax? Are you going to adopt the coalition's policies on climate change direct action? #Lateline #
  • Gillard: "I will have something further to say on climate change." #Lateline #
  • No carbon tax or ETS, says Gillard. Strike two for Labor supporters and members? #Lateline #
  • Even though he's saying complimentary things, isn't it inappropriate for Angus Houston to comment on the calibre of his minister? #
  • RT @smurray38: To borrow a Whitlamism, at least Houston gets to talk of calibre, not bores. #
  • @smurray38 I'm sure he'd say the same things about the magnificent David Johnston. in reply to smurray38 #
  • UK teachers to be encouraged to get tough by the new coalition government: http://auspol.info/dyZC6d – and compulsory uniforms? #
  • @tiffanyloft Sorry, I didn't go to a nice school like you did… in reply to tiffanyloft #
  • The @washingtonpost takes a number of digs at our Head of State in this impertinent article: http://auspol.info/9ninCG #
  • @tiffanyloft licence – ice = noun (naming word to you). It's easy – you just need to practise (verb). in reply to tiffanyloft #
  • @j_marce I liked the line about being able to find the time to come over to go to a horse race… in reply to j_marce #
  • RT @smurray38: The Queen of Australia (with another 15 nation-states she rules part-time) addresses the UN. The speech: http://bit.ly/bmnBlV #
  • @smurray38 Good call – it doesn't pay to upset our big and powerful friend. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @j_marce Do you mean something like these: http://auspol.info/cbE8T6 in reply to j_marce #
  • So this is Miley Cyrus – #Letterman – that's my quota of pop culture for this year… #
  • In light of this fumbling Gillard interview http://auspol.info/9WnGl1 this @mumbletwits piece looks prescient: http://auspol.info/9bfdCM #
  • In search of the Julia effect in Victoria: http://auspol.info/dD6Xki – with a nice Spooner cartoon on 'The Altona Solution'. #
  • Faulkner, midwife, undertaker, secret-keeper: http://auspol.info/bSwoDA – a good profile from Tony Wright. #

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