My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Tony Abbott is addressing the WA Liberal Party conference at the Burswood Casino in Perth…. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: My life is full of strong women… my wife, my 3 sisters, 3 powerful young women, my daughters, a female press secretary and COS… #
  • Abbott: … and a female deputy leader… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott thanks his wife for travelling all this way on a journey that he hopes will include a stop at The Lodge. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: If truth be told, we are not expected to win this election but I believe we can and will. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Gillard isn't being weak on climate change, she's being deceptive…there will be a great big new carbon tax on everything #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This has been the most incompetent national government in memory. #ausvotes #
  • Look like Gough is off the hook on this one… #
  • Wonderful typo on the Sky News ticker about a people's asssembly… #ausvotes #
  • This is what the Americans call a "stump speech"… nothing new so far, just a repetition of the usual lines. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The mining tax is a moonbeam from the larger lunacy. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott refers again to the Sussex Street death squad. How many people would understand the Sussex St reference, I wonder? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's speech is somewhat hesitant and flat today… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott moves from climate change to boat people and now back to climate change… has he lost his place? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Your environment is safe, your economy is safe with a coalition govt because we have good values… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Mine is a genial, pragmatic political creed. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott announces $50 million for a "full-blooded" national approach to local crime prevention… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: $50m to go towards closed circuit TV… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott doesn't even build up his local crime policy – this would have to be the worst speech of the campaign so far. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's has an almost total inability to discuss any issue in detail… #ausvotes #
  • Even when he talks values and philosophy, he is unable to make the connection with a specific policy. #ausvotes #
  • This speech could have been a "full-blooded" attack on local crime but the one policy announcement took 30 seconds in a 25-minute speech. #
  • David Lipson on Sky says the speech was well received. Sounded desultory to me. #ausvotes #
  • Gilbert on Sky saying Abbott focussed strongly on climate change in that speech. Didn't he listen to it? #ausvotes #
  • Tony Abbott is holding a press conference in Perth… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott talks of inspecting CCTV facility in Perth… Michael Keenan talks of using the "heft" of the fed govt to protect local comms. #
  • Abbott attacks Gillard as not fit to govern, given her policy on "an issue as important as climate change"… #ausvotes #
  • @Pollytics 59 in NSW? So what's all the fuss about in 'western Sydney'? in reply to Pollytics #
  • Why don't women like you, a reporter asks Abbott. He hands the question to his loyal deputy! #ausvotes #
  • More ridiculous questions from reporters about Abbott's wife and children – why doesn't he tell them to leave his family alone? #ausvotes #
  • @AOCarr That may be so but I'd argue he defeats his own purpose by doing so – more kudos in shielding them than exploiting them? in reply to AOCarr #
  • @AOCarr Double-edged sword though, don't you think? I just don't accept people are so stupid as to fall for this kind of exploitation. in reply to AOCarr #
  • Kevin Rudd and trouble in paradise: http://auspol.info/as1MMO – Michael Gordon casts his eye over the Queensland marginal seats. #
  • Battle of the bland: http://auspol.info/aQyylB – Gillard is "white bread with the crusts cut off," says Mungo MacCallum. #
  • RT @kristinmoore2: does that make Abbott all crust and no filling? #
  • Shaun Carney thinks Gillard has no real choice now than to start again on climate change: http://auspol.info/ccLWMU #
  • Howard's victories: which voters switched, which issues mattered, and why http://auspol.info/chZGGw – Goot & Watson #
  • U.S. Democrats concerned about momentum as midterm elections approach: http://auspol.info/df6ifn – a gnawing sense of disappointment. #
  • ALP misunderstanding of Twitter continues. Gillard posts 34 tweets, few links, no interaction whatsoever. 'Email the PM' link is disabled. #
  • Gillard has 28,590 followers. Kevin Rudd 940,840. Abbott has 13,758 followers but no addition to his 49 tweets since election was called. #
  • This short post points to the viral value of retweeting that the political parties don't seem to understand. http://auspol.info/9rQhuR #
  • The Twitter account @AustralianLabor is only marginally better. 2,426 followers, broadcast tweets only, occasional interaction. #
  • Part of the problem is an idea that Twitter is extra work that has to be done by someone – no grasp of how to integrate it seamlessly. #
  • Same applies to @LiberalAus – plenty of broadcast tweets, no interaction, although many links to speeches and policy documents. #
  • The predictions of a Twitter election and a Twitter electorate are not even close to occurring. #
  • Elections are still about television coverage but the parties have no conception whatever of how to use Twitter-type mediums to get on TV. #
  • @Tzarimas That's what I just said… my point is they don't even know how to manipulate MSM via these new mediums. Unimaginative. in reply to Tzarimas #
  • And whilst I'm at it, ABC News 24 is distinctly underwhelming so far. Repeats of 4 Corners, Australian Story, etc. Weekend shutdown. #
  • @Jeffmister But little that's new or original in between the news updates. in reply to Jeffmister #
  • @Jeremy_Irvine It's just that it's so easy to make a splash if you really want to. They're still stuck in the campaigning modes of old. in reply to Jeremy_Irvine #
  • @frankscan65 I switched when I realised they were having sound problems. in reply to frankscan65 #
  • @mrsnickhodge And ABC1 repeats those programs as well! in reply to mrsnickhodge #
  • @ben_hr That's very true. There's a couple of thousand journalists, political types and interested people like us all following each other! in reply to ben_hr #
  • @peterstahel It's easy for a party, a corporate or an individual to make Twitter part of every event, promotion.. easy to repurpose content. in reply to peterstahel #
  • And here comes Australian Story Classics on News 24! Where's The Flintstones? #
  • @Jeremy_Irvine Some are but they mainly talk to each other with honourable exceptions. in reply to Jeremy_Irvine #
  • .@Jeremy_Irvine If only the parties and the pollies were smart enough to use this stuff to counter the narrow world view of the journalists. #
  • @Jeremy_Irvine We'd need figures but I don't think it's Gen Y at all – the political sphere on Twitter is dominated by older types. in reply to Jeremy_Irvine #
  • @Jeremy_Irvine My view is that I'll use Facebook if I want to socialise online. Twitter is a news medium, an information octopus. in reply to Jeremy_Irvine #
  • @Jeremy_Irvine It's ready-made for exploitation by people/organisations with a message or a need to develop a network of contacts. in reply to Jeremy_Irvine #
  • Here's an example: @gthompson19 just followed me – Asst Nat Sec AMWU – his twitter stream shows more awareness than ALP/Lib accounts do. #
  • There's twitpics, official links, a bit of personal stuff, promotion of others, interaction with other tweeters, etc. #
  • A quick glance at his stream was enough to make me return follow. A quick glance at Gillard and Abbott's accounts – forget it. #
  • @darkcafedays He's a model example – almost on his own in understanding how these things can work. And we know he does it himself. in reply to darkcafedays #
  • RT @decobroad: It's staggering really, to think that not one of them can come to grips with interaction that's so basically human. #
  • @elite_pinecone Yes – but I'd also argue that these are the very people who are probably no good at traditional marketing either. in reply to elite_pinecone #
  • @elite_pinecone There are companies who use it very effectively – eg I've been helped by Vodafone & Bigpond on Twitter. They get it. in reply to elite_pinecone #
  • RT @lvlld: from chatting to @Annerley_Labor the grassroots get it but Head Office regards interactivity as threat to msg discipline. #
  • @lvlld Of course they do – but imagine the potential of hundreds of linked Twitter accounts like @Annerley_Laborin reply to lvlld #
  • And why doesn't every ALP branch have a website like this? http://auspol.info/a0izwh – interesting to see who the local member is… #
  • @elite_pinecone I had a very satisfying encounter with Australia Post on Twitter over delivery of packages to my place. They are models. in reply to elite_pinecone #
  • @Paul4Greenway How's your campaign going? in reply to Paul4Greenway #
  • .@lukeoneill And it's not just the fault of the parties/politicians – too many of us on Twitter just sitting around blowing hard… #
  • .@lukeoneill …when we need to be out and about at events, uploading pictures/videos/comments etc instead of just responding to MSM. #
  • @Paul4Greenway What's Rowland like? in reply to Paul4Greenway #
  • @ben_hr Things like candidate forums, often run by local community groups – ads in local papers. Contact the candidates. in reply to ben_hr #
  • @ben_hr Or join a party. in reply to ben_hr #
  • @lukeoneill Exactly. Original content on Twitter is predominantly provided by members of existing media outlets. They've swamped it. in reply to lukeoneill #
  • @lukeoneill That's why it's absolute crap to say that there's a Twitter electorate -we've just got an extension of the ABC, Sky, etc online. in reply to lukeoneill #
  • On this subject, look at this blog post from @TurnbullMalcolm http://auspol.info/98c0PM – who else in Aust politics would post this? #
  • @unsungsongs I never chant for Libs! in reply to unsungsongs #
  • @unsungsongs I chanted for Gough – I think I'll die before I feel the need to chant for anyone else. in reply to unsungsongs #
  • @unsungsongs You have to wonder whether he might have been able to pull it off. in reply to unsungsongs #
  • @unsungsongs Problem is they'll probably choose that lumbering dolt Hockey before they contemplate MT again. in reply to unsungsongs #
  • @jillianblackall Cut the ties and do what? He has to prove himself by prevailing within the party. in reply to jillianblackall #
  • @unsungsongs As long as you're not Pyneing… in reply to unsungsongs #
  • @rod_benson If ever there was a time for sleepers to wake… in reply to rod_benson #
  • @jakentta Search out some of the books on Obama's campaign and you'll be impressed – Joe Trippi has made some speeches on same. in reply to jakentta #
  • @jakentta They used the net to raise money but things work differently there. It's the organising capacity that impressed me. in reply to jakentta #
  • @jakentta Not many – but there's the potential. They know what Facebook is. They know what email is. It's all linked, or should be. in reply to jakentta #
  • The first draft of Gillard's speech on climate change: http://auspol.info/bqMdd4 – @GrogsGamut has done a superb job here. Read it. #

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