My Latest Twitter Updates

  • How's this for a progressive view of the electorate from former Vic ALP State Secretary Stephen Newnham? http://auspol.info/dlA8GU #ausvotes #
  • How Kevin fell (on Twitter) http://auspol.info/aW2Mrg – John Bergin, @theburgerman, of Sky News, on Twitter's influence (or not) on politics #
  • @theburgerman Prolific, eh?! What an appalling reputation to have. Good piece, fair and balanced! in reply to theburgerman #
  • @julie_posetti I never said scalp gathering was the measure. I don't think it's had significant impact on the political process. in reply to julie_posetti #
  • @julie_posetti It may be impacting on the way the media operates but it hasn't had any significant impact on how politics is conducted. in reply to julie_posetti #
  • Think I'll listen to the #ausvotes debate on the radio so as not to be influenced by anyone's 5 o'clock shadow. #
  • Speers to Abbott re 3 leaders in 3 years and Abbott's weather vane & gospel truth statements… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Real action… no waffle… the former govt stopped the boats, they started the boats again… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: we will have largest mining tax rates in the world, the miners don't agree with it, ad campaign about to start again. #ausvotes #
  • Uhlmann: Is the courage to stand against the mob a sign of a true leader and when have you done that? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard points to reforms she's handled: MySchool, new OHS laws – took 30 years for OHS. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I make no apology for setting up processes for bringing people with me. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: If delivering MySchool was so easy, why had no-one done it before? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The PM doesn't have much to talk about after 3 years in office… parental leave is an important social and economic reform… #
  • Abbott's 3 Ps – population, productivity, participation – paid parental leave feeds into this. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I'm happy to stake my future on this important, visionary social and economic reform. #ausvotes #
  • Tingle to Abbott cites Howard policies which led to 300,000 intake – isn't your policy just undoing the damage you did in govt? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott claims big increase in immigration under this government… keep employer-nominated visa categories… #ausvotes #
  • Here, doggie, here boy… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Let's be fair dinkum – we brought immigration down to 230,000 during GFC, now 175,000, next year 140,000… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The trick is Tony is promising what I have already delivered. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We've never had a policy of sustainable population until now. #ausvotes #
  • Farr to Gillard on East Timor processing centre – what's a reasonable time frame? During your next term? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard won't commit to time frame – touts virtues of a regional processing centre that will deny people smugglers opportunities. #ausvotes #
  • "Julia is kicking his ass," texts a Gen Y friend… #ausvotes (that explains the non-Aust spelling…) #
  • Uhlmann to Abbott: shouldn't you admit Nauru was a way-station to Australia for most of the asylum-seekers? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott cites safety concerns with boats, says boats should be turned around. Gillard says he's naive about what happens when this is tried. #
  • Gillard: It's not safe to stop the boats because the boats are destroyed before your eyes… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard to Abbott: You're also naive about Nauru, they have a caretaker government… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says both sides of politics in Nauru support his policy. Gillard says there isn't a functioning govt there. #ausvotes #
  • Tingle to Gillard on budget surplus: are you prepared to delay return to surplus if other economies are dragging us down? #ausvotes #
  • Email from retired teacher friend: "aaarggghhh, Abbott is worse than I thought." (She doesn't vote Liberal anyway….) #ausvotes #
  • Speers pursues Gillard on a double dip recession and the need for a second stimulus. She refuses to run after that rabbit. #ausvotes #
  • RT @DrJohann: @mfarnsworth ok arse, she's kicking his arse 🙂 #
  • @TyrrellNick Far too many, I'm afraid! Some are even members! in reply to TyrrellNick #
  • Farr to Abbott on cost of living: what policy do you have to keep grocery prices down? Abbott says what he wouldn't do is borrow money… #
  • Abbott talks of "best possible settings by govt" but govt can't reduce grocery prices at the stroke of a pen. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of child care tax rebate, deductible school uniforms, pension increases – direct help with cost of living. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Then there's what's in your pocket – we stopped WorkChoices. #ausvotes #
  • Uhlmann wants to know about Gillard's statements on climate change – to delay is to deny – what time-frame now? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm not going to kid people – we won't reach targets without a price on carbon – but we need a community consensus. #ausvotes #
  • Speers tackled Gillard on the point at which time is critical – when does this price on carbon have to happen? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard says she won't do this without consensus – even if she could get the legislation through, it needs public support. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We have a citizens' assembly, the parliament. What is it for, if not this? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: There will be a Green balance in the Senate – we will get a carbon tax as sure as night follows day. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says business tells him there is too much uncertainty – he's going to respect verdict of the people on WorkChoices and not change it. #
  • Gillard: It's all camouflage – Tony believes in WorkChoices, in govt, in his book, and in his budget reply speech this year. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: It's in our DNA to believe in fair work practices. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm the architect of the Fair Work legislation which we put through the Parliament. #ausvotes #
  • Uhlmann to Gillard on what happened with Rudd: how many times did you warn Rudd you were on the wrong track? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I won't canvas conversations with Rudd… but there were people taken aback on Jun 24 – truth is I worked alongside Rudd… #
  • Gillard:… I came to be concerned about things like the mining tax debate getting bogged down… came down to a difficult choice. #
  • Gillard: Choice was whether I look to my service to Rudd or to the Australian people… I understand people are still thinking this through. #
  • Gillard: Tony understands this -that's why he's standing here and not Malcolm Turnbull. #ausvotes #
  • Speers presses Gillard on how many times she raised this with Rudd. She won't comment. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The problem has been the policies not the face at the top. They've changed the face but the problem has just got worse. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It's been a very bad govt that is trying to trick the public that it's changed, like State govts have done. #ausvotes #
  • Tingle asks about Afghanistan – the only foreign policy question of the debate. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says he supports the troops and the commitment to Afghanistan. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard says her position is the same as Rudd's – best advice is another 2-4 years but it's more important to aim to get the job done. #
  • Concluding statements… Gillard patronisingly says it's been a good discussion… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of cutbacks to computer program, trades training centres, GP superclinics, e-health records, broadband… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: These are real differences. I will keep investing in services, cut company tax, never go back to WorkChoices… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: She couldn't tell us why she deserves re-election… this is the first govt in living memory not running on its record. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It's record is record debt, record waste, record taxes, record getting rid of the PM …. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This election determines whether the PM is to be elected by the people or the powerbrokers… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It's about whether the public can trust the LAbor Party when not even Kevin Rudd could. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: When you come to vote, I hope you will look at the record, not the slogans… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This coalition is all that stands between 3 more years of this government. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It has been a good debate… let's have two more… #ausvotes #
  • The leaders' debate has concluded. #ausvotes #
  • It's so amusing to read the different @ mentions I get when I have a go at Gillard or Abbott. All you Pavlov's dogs out there! #
  • Sinodinos says Gillard finished more strongly. Loosley agrees no knock-out blows, says Abbott performed better than expected. #ausvotes #
  • No-one shot themselves in the foot, says Mark Simkin, getting the origins/meaning of that expression totally wrong. #ausvotes #
  • Barrie Cassidy says Abbott and Gillard were the most confident, articulate, relaxed debaters. #ausvotes #
  • A debate that confirmed existing views of Abbott and Gillard? No major slip-ups on either side. #ausvotes #
  • A bloke on ABC annoyed that Gillard patronised Abbott. Poor dear, life is tough for these ageing chauvinists. #ausvotes #
  • @eirinn22 I'm just indulging myself – if you want fair and balanced, try The Australian. in reply to eirinn22 #
  • Uhlmann points out Abbott did better against Gillard than he did against Rudd and therefore may have benefited from this debate. #ausvotes #
  • Of course, all these journalists trying to "score" the debate highlights what's wrong with media coverage of politics… #ausvotes #
  • It's more to do with impressions, with confirming existing prejudices and attitudes. Now for the rest of the campaign. #ausvotes #
  • There was no Hewson-style "cake" moment, no verbal equivalent of the Latham handshake, no "we will decide who comes here" lines. #ausvotes #
  • @Senexx What would I know? in reply to Senexx #
  • As I was watching the debate there were neighbours coming and going, traffic on the roads… plenty of people not watching. #ausvotes #
  • Most of us have given it to Abbott but not enough to change the trajectory of this election, says the very silly Mr Gilbert. #ausvotes #
  • Chris Bowen makes the point that the debate is important for momentum and reassuring voters. #ausvotes #
  • Julie Bishop sounds like that English teacher who's been made Debating Co-Ordinator and has let the power go to her head. #ausvotes #
  • @Senexx No apology needed – I just think this is all so silly. In fact, I suspect the election is all but over. in reply to Senexx #
  • @Senexx I don't agree with that. Every election matters – a lot. The choice is quite stark, I think. in reply to Senexx #
  • @NeilMcMahon What about Weekend Magazine? in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • Why Politicians Will Never Embrace Twitter: http://auspol.info/c5Hj09 – excellent post from @Prakky on elected reality. #
  • Why don't women like Abbott, Hockey asked. "Well, I'm sure his wife and daughters like him." #
  • @NeilMcMahon Used to be on after ABC news on Sunday – human interest style magazine program. I'm obviously old. in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • @Senexx Probably – all elections follow similar patterns – the real action is happening behind the scenes, local campaigns, direct mail, etc in reply to Senexx #
  • Gillard and Abbott: two ice-cream sellers on the beach http://auspol.info/aFUztD (@1petermartin) #
  • @BenAveling If the 3rd one goes down one end, he stays small? in reply to BenAveling #
  • Barrie Cassidy's view of the debate: http://auspol.info/ahkpyq – ignore the rest. #
  • Leaders' debates, postmodern style: http://auspol.info/dDB56g – I didn't mean to ignore @LarvatusProdeo ! #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Hold the phone! There is a debate blooper after all: http://tinyurl.com/22kp6z9 #ausvotes #
  • RT @mfullilove: Just interviewed by Scott Bevan on #abc24 about foreign policy content of leaders' debate. A necessarily short interview. #
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Under Chief Justice John Roberts Is The Most Conservative In Decades: http://auspol.info/bXLDot #
  • Newspoll: ALP 52-48, down 3 from last week. http://auspol.info/9FaJfD #
  • Newspoll: Preferred Prime Minister, Gillard 50-34, down 7. http://auspol.info/9FaJfD #
  • The Australian gleefully points out that 52-58 is where Rudd was on the weekend before he was dumped. #
  • RT @AntonyGreenABC Newspoll in Monday's Australian is ALP 52-48. ABC calculator prediction ALP 81 seats Coalition 66 http://bit.ly/cSAmB4 #
  • @PTeren Yes, that's right. 55 is unrealistic, 52 is solid, but is that it? in reply to PTeren #
  • @juliecowdroy Oops… that should have been 52-48…! #
  • @thepagepounder This one is the regular Newspoll. But more during the election, for sure. in reply to thepagepounder #
  • @Drag0nista Can't sleep? in reply to Drag0nista #

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