My Latest Twitter Updates

  • RT @theburgerman: Work Choices not only dead "but cremated" says Tony Abbott. #ausvotes #
  • Banner outside Government House, Yarralumla: "We Want Kev – The People's PM" #ausvotes #
  • And a photo of that banner: http://tweetphoto.com/33086906 (via @latikambourke) #ausvotes #
  • @SMinney No idea – I've spent my entire working life being told that I don't do anything productive or "real"! in reply to SMinney #
  • The silliness of this multi-channel coverage is a wonder to behold… where are they when something is actually happening? #ausvotes #
  • @smurray38 Sky is showing "Great Helicopter Views of Yarralumla"… where did they get the money? in reply to smurray38 #
  • Earlier this morning, Channel 7's presenters said Gillard and Bryce would have some "girls talk" when they meet. Well done. #ausvotes #
  • RT @smurray38: I think Chris Uhlmann is providing the voiceover for C*1's GPS device. #ausvotes #
  • I blame OJ Simpson for all this aerial coverage… #ausvotes #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard has arrived at Government House to seek a dissolution of the House of Representatives. #ausvotes #
  • @smurray38 It's not being prorogued…! in reply to smurray38 #
  • Gillard is seeking a dissolution of the House by tendering advice to the G-G under Section 28 of the Constitution: http://auspol.info/9d1rXi #
  • Gillard will also tender advice under Section 32 to issue writs for the election. http://auspol.info/9d1rXi #ausvotes #
  • Unless she's asking for a double dissolution, which is done via Section 57… http://auspol.info/9d1rXi #ausvotes #
  • August 21st 1943 election: ALP won 49 seats, Libs 13, Country Party 11, Ind 1 – a landslide victory for John Curtin. #ausvotes #
  • @VinnieTaskunas It would be a bold move but somehow I don't think so… in reply to VinnieTaskunas #
  • RT @mfarnsworth: Is that Tony Abbott's car parked around the side of Government House? #ausvotes #MaintainingMyRage #
  • RT @downesy: Official word from a Yarralumla insider: With her cup of tea, Julia Gillard was offered one of Quentin's crisps #ausvotes #
  • @downesy Remember his great line about being one of Britain's stately old homos? in reply to downesy #
  • "Game On," says The Age: http://twitpic.com/25y5on #
  • @crazyjane13 Not really – Greens should hold the balance either way but Labor can do better out of a half-Senate. in reply to crazyjane13 #
  • @crazyjane13 That's because the 2004 Latham result was so bad that the ALP must pick up seats this time round. in reply to crazyjane13 #
  • The ABC's election site, including Antony Green's blog and other material is online now: http://auspol.info/atBpZj #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard's press conference to announce the 2010 Federal election is about to begin. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: On June 24, I had the honour of becoming PM…. I was not elected…I said the people would have a chance in the near future… #
  • OFFICIAL: GILLARD ANNOUNCES AUGUST 21 ELECTION. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: This election is about whether we move Australia forward or go back. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: All my adult life I have been driven by a set of values… I believe in the value of hard work… a helping hand… #
  • Gillard: I believe in the transformative power of a high quality education. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We can face the future with confidence…the best days of this nation are in front of it…no challenge we can't conquer. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Moving Forward means a sustainable Australia, not a big Australia. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I will protect the surplus in this campaign by not going on a spendathon… the budget bottom line will not move… #ausvotes #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: The pitch is to the suburban marginals, on economic management and values in a time of uncertainty. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Education, health, budgets in surplus, sustainability… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The Opposition will take us backwards… they opposed the stimulus package… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Whatever words he uses, Abbott is committed to bringing back WorkChoices… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Mr. Abbott would even deny hard-working Australians increased superannuation… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Australia needs many changes. This is not the time to turn back. This is moment for us all to innovate, strengthen, move forward. #
  • Gillard now taking questions… says she has learned lessons… says important things have changed since she said govt had lost its way. #
  • Gillard asked by Grattan if there are reasonable cases where a PM can break a promise…she cites childcare promise as changed circumstances #
  • Gillard: I expect a robust election campaign.. that's a good thing.. we will all be tested.. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard asked about lack of announcements on climate change… says she will have more to say during the campaign.. #ausvotes #
  • Shanahan asks about "works in progress" – have you actually addressed the problems of mining tax, refugees, etc? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of "big steps forward" on asylum seekers and other issues, claims emerging agreement with Abbott on a number of issues. #
  • So Gillard has gone for August 21, no doubt hoping to emulate Labor hero John Curtin's landslide victory 67 years ago on that day. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard asked if she will be moving forward to the backbench if she loses. Thanks to The Australian's Karvelas for that one. #ausvotes #
  • RT @richardlfarmer: Choice between going forward and going back. What a bull dust Labor slogan! #ausvotes #
  • Gillard asked her 3 priorities: says keeping the economy strong, investing in education, etc.. #ausvotes #
  • Hehe… RT @samanthamaiden: nah that was me pats standing next to me and she got befuddled #
  • Gillard: Election writs will be issued at 6pm Monday. ELECTORAL ENROLMENT CLOSES 8pm MONDAY. #ausvotes #
  • RT @LiberalAus: Statement on Workplace Relations http://bit.ly/c7PXDF #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: This will be a close election and a hard-fought campaign. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard asked if she will reform Question Time if re-elected. She says voters may their minds on jobs and hospitals, not #qt. #ausvotes #
  • How will Labor be different in its second term, Gillard asked. We will go in with lessons learnt.. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard asked about having 3 election debates. Says she has spent a lot of time debating Abbott – arrangements in hands of parl secs. #
  • Gillard: There are people who fight and die for the right to vote – people should get themselves on the roll. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Young people will be interested in our commitment to the broadband network which Abbott will cancel. #ausvotes #
  • Prime Minister Gillard's press conference has concluded… #ausvotes #
  • Listen to the audio of Julia Gillard's election announcement press conference here: http://auspol.info/dCihSM #
  • Interesting to note the ALP website http://www.alp.org.au/ hasn't been updated yet. A long way to go to match the Obama effort. #ausvotes #
  • Free plug for @Crikey_news – just confirmed my email for their special morning emails during the election. Good service from new media. #
  • Tony Abbott: This election is about giving a great people a better government. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The only way to change for the better is to change the government. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Why should people trust this government… why should people trust Gillard when Rudd couldn't? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Who will be the Finance, Defence and Foreign Ministers is they are re-elected? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We'll make government tighten its belt… a government borrowing millions every day… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We will give schools and local communities a real say… we will help the environment… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This election is not about glib slogans… it's about competent govt that works for all Australians… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: If we stay with Labor we'll be moving forward to more debt, more waste, more boats. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We'll stop the boats. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked about Workplace Relations and Abetz's statement about "tweaking" the rates… #ausvotes #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Abbott: Risk of this election is that a "bad government will get a second chance it doesn't deserve. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We will retain the IR legislation and work with the Fair Work umpire. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This election is not going to degenerate into a scare campaign on IR…. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked what promises of his we can believe… #ausvotes #
  • @victorperton Crikey, Victor, you're a bit behind the news over there…! in reply to victorperton #
  • Abbott asked about his blunders during the last campaign – how is he handling it this time? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I have well and truly assimilated the mistakes made by the last government…we are ready to govern, different and better. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I am a different person to previous coalition leaders -any govt I lead will be different, it will be liberal, conservative and mine. #
  • Abbott: Moving Forward will be to this election what Working Families was to the last – at least it had some context. #ausvotes #
  • What's your slogan, Abbott asked. I'm going to tell people what I'll do – real action. I'll cut taxes, stop the boats, etc. #ausvotes #
  • @samanthamaiden Yep, 21 days on the knocker. Your next challenge: pick Steve Fielding's primary vote. in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • Abbott: If this govt is re-elected there will be a carbon price, a high one and it will impact on everyone. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's press conference has ended – a somewhat faltering performance. This man is not strong on detail – makes it hard to attack slogans. #
  • RT @Pollytics: That wasnt a good look – Abbott leaving the presser with journo's still asking questions. #ausvotes #
  • Listen to the complete audio of Tony Abbott's press conference here: http://auspol.info/apoa8l #
  • A dilemma for politics devotees: so many election websites, so much commentary, audio, video. How to stay on top without going under? #
  • RT @Pollytics: Choose quality in the written word, 24 hour news for general and watch the 1st 5 minutes of 10 news and either 7 or 9. #
  • @stilgherrian The audio is up on http://australianpolitics.com in reply to stilgherrian #
  • @Pollytics But that's what I do every day anyway…! in reply to Pollytics #
  • Sky is going to have to sack @samanthamaiden – all she's doing is repeating the lines she's already tweeted…! #
  • Prediction prize goes to @samanthamaidenhttp://twitpic.com/25zxeg – for this June 21 tip: http://auspol.info/9f7cyL #
  • Whilst we've been occupied, Christine Nixon has stood down from the Bushfire Reconstruction Authority. #
  • 2010 Election key dates: Writs issued 19/7, Enrolment closes 8pm Mon 19/7, Enrolment details updates only 8pm Thu 22/7. #ausvotes #
  • 2010 Election Key Dates: Nominations close 12 noon Thu 29/7, Declaration of nominations 12 noon Fri 30/7, Polling day Sat 21/8. #ausvotes #
  • 2010 Election Key Dates: Return of writ Wed 27/10. We can expect Parliament to resume around this time or in November. #ausvotes #
  • @jayah930 Noon, Thurs 29 July. in reply to jayah930 #
  • @samanthamaiden Now I've used up my quota of niceness for the year… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @jayah930 It's the Greens candidate who matters more in Sydney. in reply to jayah930 #
  • ONLINE ELECTORAL ENROLMENT: Follow this link to the Aust Electoral Commission to update enrolment online: http://auspol.info/9jFcVM #
  • Sorry, that was misleading. You can START enrolment process online but form has to be printed & returned to AEC http://auspol.info/9jFcVM #
  • @ljLoch Congratulations! in reply to ljLoch #
  • RT @mikestuchbery: Electoral Enrolment forms available from all Post Offices and they'll even take the completed forms at the counter. #
  • @mikestuchbery Us old Civics teachers always give enrolment a push when we can! in reply to mikestuchbery #
  • RT @mrsnickhodge: apparently you can fax the form in, but not email – but will they accept fax signature as real & not digital sig? Strange #
  • @mrsnickhodge I understand their logic but it's not really in keeping with technological developments, is it? in reply to mrsnickhodge #
  • @ljLoch Ah, I see! BTW, your website's contact page says "Repuplic"… in reply to ljLoch #
  • @jayah930 So you're sticking with Ms. Plibersek? in reply to jayah930 #
  • @ljLoch Reminds me of that old joke about Queenslanders naming their beer XXXX -because they can't spell "beer"…. in reply to ljLoch #
  • Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has announced she will resign from the NSW Leg Council on Monday to run for the Senate. #ausvotes #
  • Of course, Gillard should be condemned for not calling a double dissolution – then we would have been rid of Fielding at 6pm on Monday. #
  • RT @Julia_GillardPM: I regret to announce that Paul the Octopus will not be available to predict the #ausvotes outcome. He's pulled a mussel #
  • Talking to a blonde swinging voter in Deakin who loves red heads… http://twitpic.com/261eih #
  • @SimonThomsen No, this is the Deakin electorate in Melbourne. No kinky types here… in reply to SimonThomsen #
  • Seeing as the neighbours previously advised a loud birthday party tonight, I don't really want to go home now. #AversionToNoiseProblem #
  • @smurray38 Isn't that the missile Harrod's would sell you? in reply to smurray38 #
  • @lapuntadelfin I suppose I could enrol some new voters whilst I'm there… in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @lapuntadelfin Good grief… in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @peterfletcher Well, I wouldn't travel interstate for it but that's because I'm tight! I have high hopes for it. Hope it's not too basic. in reply to peterfletcher #
  • @lapuntadelfin It was a dramatic night for sure. These things are not well understood. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @Paris_David I went easy on you… in reply to Paris_David #
  • @lapuntadelfin Imagine that now with mobile cameras, Twitter, etc. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • That woman, @empatt, has been drinking again… #
  • Home…never seen so many cars in my street but that probably means the neighbour's party is civilised…noise is tolerable…headphones on! #
  • @jayah930 They are! I have two top of the range pairs, one wireless. They live on my head. in reply to jayah930 #
  • Catching up on the evening news… Abbott: "incompetent govt, stop the waste, end the new taxes, stop the boats." Simple. Direct. Effective? #
  • @ljLoch I can't tell anymore. Simplicity and clarity may work but detail and nuance wins me. in reply to ljLoch #
  • U.S. Republicans divided on the importance of an election agenda: http://auspol.info/9jLxHQ – many argue "avoid issues at all costs". #
  • "Boehner thinks voters will not trust GOP candidates if their attacks don't also provide at least some substance." http://auspol.info/dB8mLp #
  • Washington Post Associated Press report on Gillard's election announcement: http://auspol.info/bNihRX #
  • "A 48-year-old Welsh agnostic" and "a 52-year-old former seminarian" http://auspol.info/cGhw82 – from the same report… #
  • Our election merits a Reuters report in "World Briefing" in the New York Times: http://auspol.info/as70Zq #
  • @sandraom But it also shows what WP/NYT readers are being told. Can usually expect WP/NYT to provide something detailed later in campaign. in reply to sandraom #
  • @Paul4Greenway As you would expect… in reply to Paul4Greenway #
  • @RicRaftis You heathen! in reply to RicRaftis #
  • @oz_f Hehe… very perceptive these Yanks. in reply to oz_f #
  • @sandraom Any examples of that? in reply to sandraom #
  • Tweet Less, Kiss More: http://auspol.info/cXunsc – Bob Herbert urges us to listen and hear our songs. Good advice. #
  • The first TV commercials from Gillard and Abbott: http://auspol.info/a9M5Bg #
  • RT @MarkTobinSydney: Front page of Sydney's Sunday Telegraph #ausvotes http://twitpic.com/2645nu #
  • @Drag0nista Do you reckon? They're both quite smooth but stock standard, I thought. Not quite the Latham L plates style. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • Just saw Phil Baressi, former Liberal member for Deakin, on TV. How many other defeated members from 2007 are running again? #ausvotes #
  • @annabelcrabb They were the only two I could think of. in reply to annabelcrabb #
  • This is the Gillard video showing on the ALP website blog: http://youtu.be/gxz2VrNp0Kc #
  • @Drag0nista "Punters"… you patronising elitist, you! in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @annabelcrabb And I speld Phil's name wrong… in reply to annabelcrabb #
  • @spartsuno Yes, hard. in reply to spartsuno #
  • Just watched the evening's election news bulletins from 10, 9 & 7 – reasonable enough but not a patch on what they used to do. #ausvotes #
  • And I have the videotapes from the 1980s and 1990s to prove it! #ausvotes #
  • @rod_benson Could be an omen – Gough won the two-party-preferred vote in 1969, 7% swing, 17 seats, but didn't make it. in reply to rod_benson #
  • Blogs, vlogs and tweets the order of the day as campaign hits the net: http://auspol.info/aeyLVy – a sensible report. #
  • Defeated Liberal members from 2007 running in 2010: Barresi (Deakin), Entsch (Leichhardt), Vasta (Bonner), Gambaro (Brisbane) @annabelcrabb #
  • @Phil_McGraw Yes. in reply to Phil_McGraw #
  • An hour in bed watching Sunrise, Meet the Press and the Oakes interview… not in the mood for Twitter superciliousness. #ausvotes #
  • I shall snuggle up with #Insiders on my own… #ausvotes #

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