My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Catching the tail end of Bob Brown – not quite like that Bob Hawke comet… #npc #
  • "The mining barons".. "the big polluters".. "the big parties".. "our own sense of integrity".. a wonderful lilt to Brown's Green language. #
  • Bob Brown: I'm 65 – the press say "he'll be 66 this year" – it is a big burden of responsibility… I'm looking forward to this next Parlt. #
  • Brown: I'm very wary of hubris – I don't want to do anything except get better outcomes. Greens voters will get a good dividend. #npc #
  • Brown: I'm as well-equipped as any leader of the big parties to deal with these issues… #npc #
  • Treasurer Wayne Swan is holding a press conference on the revised budget outlook released today… #
  • Swan: an update on how our economy is "moving forward"… the surplus is on track for 3 years time and 3 years early… #
  • Swan: Real GDP forecast to grow by 3% in 2010-11 and 3.75% in 2011-12. These slightly lower than earlier forecasts. #
  • Swan: Terms of Trade will grow by 17%, boosting employment. #
  • Swan: Unemployment to fall to 4.75% in 2011-12. #
  • Swan: Budget surplus in 2012-13 will be 3 years earlier than first forecast – the fastest turnaround in fiscal performance since the 1960s. #
  • Swan: Net debt to peak at 6% of GDP in 2011-12 – compared to an average 94% in the G20 countries. #
  • Swan: We expected to raise $12bn from RSPT – new arrangements will raise $10.5bn, a combination of policy change & commodity price revisions #
  • "Palin is the first politician to fully master the new media…communicating directly with her supporters." http://auspol.info/ab0zo0 #
  • "As we go forward" – one of the ugliest expressions of our time was just used twice in 10 seconds by the Treasurer. #Lateline #
  • Swan: "Growth is going to be driven by countries in our region and that's a bigger story than China." #Lateline #
  • Jones pressing Swan on whether Rudd could have got the same deal that Gillard got over the mining tax. #Lateline #
  • Even the Greens are moving forward… http://youtu.be/bg4OdpgZIqU (via @JamesForEltham @Chrisquirk) #
  • @Chrisquirk It is different – strikes me as a bit obscure for an enrolment ad. But I chase-play everything so what would I know? in reply to Chrisquirk #
  • "That's one hell of a system you've got going down there." http://auspol.info/dphpo0 #
  • For God's sake put us out of our misery Julia: http://auspol.info/cwhKNc – Leahy cartoon #
  • My kingdom for a bellwether: http://auspol.info/bjBaXI – I think @mumbletwits is saying there is no such thing… great tables! #
  • Sultan of Swagger: http://auspol.info/9hBhtr – Maureen Dowd with a funny story about George Steinbrenner and Seinfeld. #
  • On Facebook, Telling Teachers How Much They Meant: http://auspol.info/c6tT0x #
  • The Australian publishes a scathing letter Keating wrote to Hawke last weekend: http://auspol.info/cVlza1 #
  • Keating to Hawke: "Your emotional and intellectual malaise lasted for years…all through the Tax Summit year of 1985…to 1988…" #
  • Hayden on Hawke and Keating: "It's getting a bit like old men croaking like cane toads." #
  • Keating's letter to Hawke: http://auspol.info/asArwi (PDF) #
  • The final paragraph of Paul Keating's letter to Bob Hawke, July 12, 2010: http://twitpic.com/2588n2 #
  • @BronwynHinz @DanielleCronin They sure don't make feuds like this anymore. in reply to BronwynHinz #
  • @KJBar I insist on a Keating interview on tomorrow night's #Lateline! in reply to KJBar #
  • I only got the Hawke biography yesterday but from what I've read I'm with Keating on this one. It's thin, mawkish hagiography. #
  • Miranda Devine also weighs in on the Hawkes: http://auspol.info/d6wh4S – "It is also the story of a great betrayal." #
  • Lindsay Tanner itemises Labor's reforms and ponders the mystery kept secret for so long by the Liberals: http://auspol.info/cLfJRo #

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