My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Knob is a many splendoured thing. #changelovetoknobsongs #
  • Today's Galaxy poll: ALP 52-48 – @Pollytics looks at the "who deserves to win" question: http://auspol.info/cpuoXT #
  • RT @haydencooper: Gillard announces new program – $225 million for councils to spend on infrastructure. #ausvotes #
  • No real difference? .. RT @murpharoo: Gillard starts the day with babies, now she's on to drainage works. #ausvotes #
  • RT @mfullilove: London Telegraph likes the fact that Gillard was born in the UK and Abbott was educated there: http://tinyurl.com/27b935t #
  • The election is big news in the Northern Territory: http://twitpic.com/26bzxy #ausvotes #
  • And in Melbourne, Christine Nixon's departure also tops the election as frontpage news: http://twitpic.com/26c2v7 #
  • Julia Gillard's speech to the Eidos Institute is now being shown on @SkyNewsAust 601… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: "I do not believe in the idea of a big Australia." #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I never want anyone to say 'Aust's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there'. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Let's not risk those things that make this the greatest country on earth. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard waxes lyrical on fabled explorers looking for inland seas… reminds audience 85% live on or near the coast because 70% is desert. #
  • Gillard talks of water problems that have led to extensive desalination, limited housing supplies.. our cities and families are under stress #
  • Gillard holds up Ziggy Switkowski's 100 million population target as unbelievable. She's good with straw men. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Our population doubled from 11 to 22 million since I arrived as a 10 pound Pom… empty spaces are now a memory… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We won't solve these problems overnight or in one election campaign but we can move forward… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The path I choose is that of sustainability… the National Farmers Federation backs this approach… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Without a shadow of a doubt, the farmers have got it right. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of regional funding of services – cancer clinics and machines that go ping… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The National Broadband Network is an important issue. We will build it, Abbott won't. Worst impact in rural and regional areas. #
  • @queerpenguinSX We're showing our age… in Yes, Minister it was "kidney machines"… in reply to queerpenguinSX #
  • Gillard: I'm not talking about an old-fashioned decentralisation programs… we need to give support to areas already growing. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm announcing important but modest steps… a Building Better Regional Cities program. #ausvotes #
  • RT @AustralianLabor: Building Better Regional Cities Fact Sheet on Scribd: http://scr.bi/bq31FN #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We will write to 46 mayors outside the capitals, inviting them to take part in the infrastructure program. #ausvotes #
  • Regional mayors all over the country now salivating at the chance to get their hands on pork barrel money. #ausvotes #
  • @NeilMcMahon I did that one earlier! in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • Gillard: I will have more to say about regional infrastructure as the campaign unfolds. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I want to invest in services. I want to take us forward, Abbott wants to go back like he did when they opposed the stimulus. #
  • But they've got their clothes on… RT @aussexparty: VIC & SA @aussexparty candidates..in the war room: http://twitpic.com/26cjc9 #
  • Gillard: On this first full day of the election campaign let's move forward together and build a strong and sustainable nation… #ausvotes #
  • Tony Abbott media conference in Lindsay, western Sydney, now showing on @SkyNewsAust #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: People in Lindsay worried about cost of living… and our nation is in debt and borrowing money… utility prices are up…#ausvotes #
  • Abbott on Gillard's infrastructure program announced today: she has a record on infrastructure with the BER. How can you trust her? #
  • Abbott: I have reductions in govt spending which will take the pressure off interest rates and benefit families. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I've published a list of $47 billion of expenditure cuts which Hockey released some weeks ago. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: There will be no carbon price on consumers under a coalition government. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I doubt India and China will deny themselves a standard of living other countries enjoy by agreeing to a carbon price. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We have a policy to reduce emissions by 5% by 2020 without slugging consumers with a great big new tax. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked about "absolute crap" line, says the issue isn't climate change but how you deal with it. #ausvotes #
  • The Liberal candidate for Lindsay, preselected yesterday, is asked a question… not an impressive response. Keep her under wraps, chaps. #
  • @Senexx Agreed, I wasn't suggesting the money isn't needed but inviting mayors to help you spend it is like giving lollies to a kid. in reply to Senexx #
  • @HillbillySkill It's going to be hard to see him maintaining this stuff for 5 weeks. in reply to HillbillySkill #
  • @PatsKarvelas Not a key issue but it matters to a lot of people/businesses in and outside the major cities. Govt hasn't sold it strongly. in reply to PatsKarvelas #
  • @PatsKarvelas Tanner was good at selling broadband as the railway lines of the 21st century, nation-building infrastructure, etc. in reply to PatsKarvelas #
  • Gillard asked if Rudd will play any part in her campaign and whether she will campaign for him in Griffith… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm intending to be in as much of the country as possible… #ausvotes – that's a not bloody likely then! #
  • Gillard asked if she acknowledges that some people are upset about Rudd's dumping… says it will be decided on the issues… #ausvotes #
  • @theburgerman I don't really think so – this Rudd thing is just for the first couple of days and will then fade. in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman There's no sentimentality out there. If anything, a touch of ruthless, tough image won't hurt Gillard. in reply to theburgerman #
  • RT @senatormilne: Abbott is ignorant on #climate action – India already has a tax on coal: http://bit.ly/byAGqN #
  • @theburgerman Well, so they don't think either side deserves to win – big deal, compulsory voting, they still have to make a choice! in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman And they don't have the option of choosing Rudd – when push comes to shove it just doesn't matter much… I think! in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman Don't forget I'm the man who couldn't sense the Bracks biggest-landslide-win-ever in 2002 in my own backyard! in reply to theburgerman #
  • @barcafc No, they showed the question about why it took so long for her to be preselected. You're right – hard to answer. in reply to barcafc #
  • @Colvinius Yes but you have optional preferential in NSW. Still, I agree that the more primaries the Greens get the more it slips from ALP. in reply to Colvinius #
  • @theburgerman I know deposing Rudd was brutally unique but the idea that people will vote for Abbott because of it is just silly. in reply to theburgerman #
  • @theburgerman Perhaps but let me know when you meet a normal voter who thinks like that. It's bread and butter time. in reply to theburgerman #
  • @sspencer_63 Exactly. All this nonsense about poor old Kevin – everyone was bagging him senseless three weeks ago. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • It's wonderfully wet and cold in Lygon St. but my regular coffee partner is away. Any inner city latte sippers care to join me? #
  • @BronwynHinz Damn! Another time perhaps. in reply to BronwynHinz #
  • @_Laverne Northern NSW? Probably too far… in reply to _Laverne #
  • @bronska01 A "terrible flirt" should be prepared to make more of an effort… in reply to bronska01 #
  • @sunlightandsnow Not sure I understood that… in reply to sunlightandsnow #
  • @sunlightandsnow Ah, yes. It's like politics – only for the mad, the bad and the lonely. in reply to sunlightandsnow #
  • So when is this special edition of PM? #
  • @Colvinius Footballers: smart enough to play the game, stupid enough to think it matters… in reply to Colvinius #
  • Standing in queue at BP service station – young male points to newspaper and says to female associate, "what do you think of Gillard?" … #
  • … female with slightly tinged hair, tosses her mane and says, "with this, what ya reckon?" #
  • @samanthamaiden What I want to know is which elections DID you vote in? Was it accidental? in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden So you didn't want to miss that once in a lifetime opportunity to make Dr Hewson Prime Minister? in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden I assume your non-voting role model is Derryn Hinch? in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @mumbletwits No he doesn't… and no avatar, profile, web link… in reply to mumbletwits #
  • Why I went to Australia with 14 Trollopes: http://auspol.info/9Rgln7 – Simon Heffer does some summer holiday reading. #
  • Special election edition of PM due to start on ABC Local Radio in 5 minutes… give yourself a break from Masterchef and 60 Minutes… #
  • In Leichhardt it's a choice between new tyres or old retreads: http://auspol.info/cae2Ml (via @CairnsALP) #
  • Just watched the Gillard interview on 60 Minutes. It was very irritating. Getting that feeling again: this may all end in tears. #
  • @GrogsGamut You know, that Rudd feeling, that you just want to turn off. Giggling. Robotic. Pandering to a trivial interviewer. Just awful. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • RT @downesy: I just blanched at the sight of Bob Hawke "on the job". #hawke #
  • And there's the member for Noble Park! #Hawke #
  • So #Hawke's mum is played by Julia Blake who's married in real life to Terry Norris (former State Labor MP) who plays her on-screen husband. #
  • @mprimmer Yes – and I don't think either of them were particularly fond of the real Hawke back then! in reply to mprimmer #
  • They spelt it "Malcom" on the televised footage of the real Fraser. #Hawke #
  • Everybody talks about collective bargaining after sex. #Hawke #
  • @DonKey4PM And it usually begins with an ambit claim… in reply to DonKey4PM #
  • @smurray38 It's his niece. in reply to smurray38 #
  • #Hawke on Keating: "He doesn't love this country and the people know it." #
  • Newspoll: ALP 55 – 45 #ausvotes #
  • Newspoll: Primaries ALP 42, Coalition 38, Greens 12. Gillard satisfaction rating "well up on Rudd's last rating" – 30 point lead. #
  • Newspoll report from Dennis Shanahan is here: http://auspol.info/bPHTFq #ausvotes #
  • RT @AntonyGreenABC: First Newspoll of campaign.. ABC calculator predicts Labor win 99-48 http://bit.ly/5AgznA #aus2010 #ausvotes #
  • Since when was Robert Ray a member of the House of Reps? #Hawke #
  • Fair and balanced at The Australian: two polls, two interpretations. http://twitpic.com/26heii – they report, we decide. #
  • Greens poster about to go up in Melbourne electorate: http://twitpic.com/26gtvm (via @AdamBandt) #
  • @GrogsGamut That report says poll taken "last weekend" then says Greens support has risen since the election was called… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Riminton refers to the expanding club of former PMs. Now consists of all 6 since 1972: Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd. #
  • RT @JordanForPM: 3 of them lost elections, 2 got knifed, 1 got kicked by the GG. None of them went voluntarily haha. #
  • @JudeEkerick Admit it, you can't resist him. You're just playing hard to get. in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • @TimGrau Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush – 4 alive! in reply to TimGrau #
  • @dermottbanana No, you don't count Gorton! Also Barton (to High Court), Fisher (to UK High Commissioner) although some dispute these. in reply to dermottbanana #
  • @katedoak @JordanForPM This is the only time in our history when so many former PMs have been alive. Last 38 years worth is a record. #
  • @JordanForPM We're still looking for that Russian sub. Our volunary departures list should include McEwen and Forde who were caretakers. in reply to JordanForPM #
  • @sspencer_63 But better that than doing a Costello. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @JordanForPM He's heading for the ton – determined to outlive Fraser is my theory! in reply to JordanForPM #
  • @sspencer_63 What's the Galaxy sample size? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @JordanForPM He still did something that only Rudd and Hawke could do: beat Howard. in reply to JordanForPM #
  • Perth IS looking good these days… RT @G_Parker: Up early and can't get back to sleep. So, a picture! http://yfrog.com/3u6rzj #
  • @JordanForPM Yes, @GrogsGamut says it's normally 800. in reply to JordanForPM #
  • @JordanForPM You can read him every Thursday fortnight in the Financial Review. Despite the conventional wisdom, he's very sharp. in reply to JordanForPM #
  • @katedoak Hmm, I think you're right… a trivia piece I will work out on another occasion! in reply to katedoak #

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