My Latest Twitter Updates

  • So, an election to be announced on Friday? #
  • @wickesgirl Today's Adelaide speech, Cabinet tomorrow, climate change announcement thereafter, GG delaying departure till Sat… in reply to wickesgirl #
  • @wickesgirl …Fri announcement gets weekend media coverage and campaign opportunities… in reply to wickesgirl #
  • @wickesgirl …either that or we wait another week… in reply to wickesgirl #
  • @samanthamaiden But then you lose your prediction of an election called by July 17! in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden So why is Bryce delaying her departure until Saturday? in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @sspencer_63 What about the option of building in a few days before issuing writs to allow late enrolments? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @SimonThomsen Yes, that would destroy the impact of media coverage of visiting the GG and announcing the date… in reply to SimonThomsen #
  • As a point of interest, Paul Keating called the 1996 election on Saturday 27th January, the day after Australia Day, end of holiday period. #
  • John Howard announced 3 elections on a Sunday – 30 Aug, 1998; 29 Aug 2004; and 14 Oct 2007. He announced the 2001 election on Fri 5 Oct. #
  • From memory, the last election date announced to the House of Representatives was McMahon in 1972. Perhaps Fraser 1977? #
  • I notice the Bulldogs are playing Port Adelaide in Darwin on Saturday night. Get the Darwin campaign visit out of the way early? #
  • The memory fades… Bob Hawke announced the 1987 election in a ministerial statement to the House on May 27: http://auspol.info/bPtvAr #
  • That old Liberal hack, Alister Drysdale, has a sensible analysis of Gillard and Abbott in Business Spectator: http://auspol.info/9xywwk #
  • Essential Media poll: 2PP ALP 55%, Coalition 45% – the ALP is up 1 over last week, its primary down 1 to 41%. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • Essential poll has the coalition primary vote also down 1 to 38%. The Greens primary vote is up 2 to 13%. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • @teenman You're right… perhaps they've rounded the figures. Will wait for the full report… in reply to teenman #
  • @teenman It's on the website now – there's a PDF document which usually appears around now. in reply to teenman #
  • @teenman I think that might be last week's… in reply to teenman #
  • Unbiased punditry… RT @helencoonan: Paul knows how to pick a winner!! http://twitpic.com/24lsld #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: East Timor has rejected Australia's bid to establish an offshore detention centre in the country. #
  • The resolution was passed unanimously by the East Timorese Parliament: http://auspol.info/cI3AiH #
  • Germans gobsmacked at Gillard ascension: http://auspol.info/9RkV1Q – a most interesting account… (via @crackers_76) #
  • @teenman It might teach her not to play the Libs at their own game… in reply to teenman #
  • Julia Gillard is launching Mrs Hawke's book about her husband… #
  • Gillard: Hawke had confidence delegating to his ministers and acting as a chair of Cabinet… these qualities are the gold standard… #
  • Gillard: Even today on the hustings Bob can attract more excitement than any of us in the Parliament today… #
  • Gillard: Hawke has never spurned the admiration of Australians… #
  • Gillard: Menzies served longer but he squandered his long Indian Summer… #
  • Gillard: If a Deakinite settlement governed our first century, a Hawke settlement governs our second… #
  • Gillard: Hawke was a resolute believer in the power of government to do good… #
  • Gillard says Hawke worked to "move Australia forward" into a new era… there's that slogan again. #
  • Gillard talks of celebrating Blanche and remembering Hazel in the same sentence… #
  • Gillard: The paradox of Hawke is that he is one of us and also not one of us… a figure of worldly appettites who brought discipline… #
  • Gillard described Hawke as a "very great Prime Minister". Says the bright tail of his comet burns strongly still. #
  • Gillard: As Bob's friend and successor, I declare the book "Bob Hawke – The Prime Minister" launched… #
  • Gillard described Hawke as having "ambition matched by ability and the capacity to take advice". Take that, Kevin. #
  • RT @kymtje: that's not a comet.. *snigger* #
  • Blanche D'Alpuget heaps praise on Gillard, reminding her of the old slogan about a woman's place being in the House and the home. #
  • D'Alpuget says Hawke didn't see the manuscript until it was finished. She didn't interview him for it. It's an "arms length" biography… #
  • Louise Adler introduces Bob Hawke at the book launch… #
  • Hawke: My biggest thanks is to Julia, at a frenetic time for you…we wish you well…anything you want me do I'll be there with bells on… #
  • Hawke says he didn't realise what a great "wart discovering capacity" Blanche had when he told her to make it a "warts and all" book… #
  • Fortunately, the cloying, familial self-congratulations seem to be over and now we're on to thanking Bob's Mum and Dad… #
  • Hawke pays tribute to the men of the ACTU that he joined in 1958… #
  • Hawke thanks his ministry…the most talented since Federation…they were not only talented but had a sense of commitment… #
  • Hawke says his ministers decided on their own without a vote to give precedence to his views when a Cabinet consensus did not exist… #
  • Hawke also pays tribute to the Public Service, a group "too often much maligned". #
  • Hawke lists achievements: economic transformation, greater social cohesion, greater equality of opportunity, education participation rate.. #
  • RT @rhysam: Hawke just used the line "snazzy looking blonde sheila". Old school. #
  • @Colvinius Hehe.. indeed. Whither Coronation Hill without it? in reply to Colvinius #
  • A fairly subdued, non-political speech by Hawke, now concluded… #
  • It's Bob and Blanche time on #730Report#
  • D'Alpuget justifies her book on the grounds she knew him well and interviewed people who'd never been interviewed before. #730Report #
  • D'AlPuget on Hawke's core strength: "a genuine political leader". Core weakness: "Bob likes to be loved..needs protection from flatterers." #
  • D'Alpuget: Howard and Whitlam were also genuine political leaders."I'm hesitating on Paul but, no, he was a genuine leader too." #730Report #
  • Hawke disputes the proposition that a wife can't be critical of her husband… #730Report #
  • There's a memory… Hawke seen as losing election debates to Peacock in 1984 and staff fearful of a repeat in 1990… #730Report #
  • Hawke says it wasn't the real Hawke in the 1984 campaign.. he was in agony because of the cricket ball eye injury & daughter's problems… #
  • Hawke says he did once contemplate suicide – "not for long". Says despite what "Paul and others" said, he "recovered quickly". #
  • And Part 2 of the Hawke interview is on tomorrow night… #730Report Televised New Age psychobabble on the ABC. Who would have thought? #
  • Hawke's prime ministership looks more impressive with every passing year. These interviews remind me of what grated so much at the time. #
  • @NeilMcMahon Nothing revolutionary for Hawke. He pioneered this self-serving, narcissistic, public emoting. in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • @NeilMcMahon Yes, I don't disagree with that. But did you notice that their discussion was just another way of sledging Keating? in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • @lyndons It doesn't need much revising. The record is profound and lasting in so many areas. in reply to lyndons #
  • Here's a good laugh: http://auspol.info/bCixL7 – Alan Jones going all indignant over Peter Van Onselen, calling him Van Insolent. #
  • @AgnessMack Sorry, my fault – remove the dash http://auspol.info/bCixL7 or listen from podcast page: http://auspol.info/9uCl3k in reply to AgnessMack #
  • @Colvinius My nightly walks are enlivened by such pompous arse podcasts! I'm a sick puppy. in reply to Colvinius #
  • RT @nytimes: On Education: A Chosen Few Are Teaching for America http://nyti.ms/aK1LGz #
  • @lyndons There's been no mention of Kirribilli in the extracts and reports so far. Time to get the book and check. in reply to lyndons #
  • No, it's not the East Timor government, Mr. Elliott. #qanda #
  • @samanthamaiden Christopher isn't a judge… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • So how did he post this tweet?? .. RT @AlexHawkeMP: I don't use the internet but I am worried about it. #
  • Chris Evans: "We are due for an election this year and I'm pretty sure we'll have one." #qanda #
  • "The vision thing"… remember who said that and what happened to him? #Lateline #
  • @rod_benson I don't think you should disparage "kidology" until you've tried it…! in reply to rod_benson #
  • Moving Australia forward? http://auspol.info/ddzAuT – from @LarvatusProdeo #

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