My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Gillard in Launceston… talks about "actioning the recommendations" of a report. Sludge language. #
  • Gillard uses the expression "keeping our borders strong"… go on, blow that whistle hard. #
  • She's "committed" to so many things… and so many "targets"… #
  • Gillard, having announced funding for 2000 emergency nurses and 270 emerging doctors, says she will have "more to say" on mental health… #
  • @downesy It's not about writers – her prepared speeches are very good – it's this weasel language they've all absorbed into their DNA. in reply to downesy #
  • @downesy Because no-one thinks like this… they may even call themselves "comms people" as if plain speaking is just another technique. in reply to downesy #
  • The Campaign: Into Week 2 http://auspol.info/9a8mxJ #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Holy crap! With regional audience added in, peak viewing for Masterchef was 5.74 million and average 5.2 million. #
  • @PaulHeck We can be bad together… in reply to PaulHeck #
  • Tony Abbott is speaking in Brisbane… he has his wife with him, ostensibly because she runs a child-care centre. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott announces policy to restore indexation of childcare rebate, wortth $300/child/year. #
  • Abbott also announces restoration of occasional care funding. Total announcement is $89 million for childcare. #ausvotes #
  • @airefueg I don't have it – departmental websites archive all the releases from previous ministers – might be there. in reply to airefueg #
  • Abbott: We are promoting choice…we respect the different choices families make… we take families and cost of living pressures seriously. #
  • Abbott on Gillard's earlier announcement: Typical of this govt that the bureaucrats start work before the doctors and nurses. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott on Gillard: "Nothing starts now." #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: "This is a government that simply can't make decisions. It fudges all decisions…" #ausvotes #
  • A journalist asks Abbott if he is playing "the family card" over Gillard. #ausvotes #
  • Reporter asks Mrs. Abbott what's brought her to the campaign trail. She says early childhood learning is a "passion". #ausvotes #
  • Mrs. Abbott refuses to be drawn on policy questions. "There's only one politician in this family." #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked story that he made reference to absence of Tim Mathieson from the campaign. Says you shouldn't listen to poisonous gossip. #
  • Abbott asked how reducing immigration contributes to economic growth. Says his policy cuts overall numbers but not skilled category. #
  • Abbott: "The best migrants are our own kids." #ausvotes #
  • Essential Report poll: ALP 55-45. Primaries: ALP 41, Libs 37, Nats 2, Greens 13, Family First 2, Other 5 #
  • Essential Report poll: 46% said they definitely wouldn't watch last night's debate, 13% probably not, 4% definitely would, 13% probably wld #
  • Essential Report poll: 51% say they've already decided how they will vote. #
  • @teenman Yep, just arrived in email. in reply to teenman #
  • Essential Report poll: 45% say if Peter Costello had stayed in Parlt he would make a better leader of the Liberal Party than Abbott, 26% No. #
  • Illawarra Mercury says Liberal incumbent Joanna Gash has 60-40 lead over ALP's Neil Reilly in NSW seat of Gilmore. http://auspol.info/dr6d7j #
  • But no-one is home around the corner. http://twitpic.com/28sdoy #
  • Communing with the Liberals in Deakin. http://twitpic.com/28sdp5 #
  • If I lived in Deakin, I'd be complaining about Optus mobile coverage. Hopeless. #
  • Stephen Fry is making some fascinating points about the digital age on PM with @Colvinius now. #
  • Married to the mob: http://auspol.info/beU7Qp – Tim Dick on Penny Wong. #
  • @samanthamaiden I agree with that – posting the link doesn't necessarily denote agreement with the content! in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden A Labor friend alerted me to it – didn't agree with it either but concerned about lack of spine inside govt on many issues. in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • As someone who likes knowing where the bodies are buried… "20 Years of Problems at Arlington Cemetery": http://auspol.info/9LmmC6 #
  • Richardson: IR still a difference between the parties, I'm hoping climate change as well, but election are about competence now. #qanda #
  • Wong: Clear differences between parties on education, training, health. #qanda #
  • Milne defends blocking ETS in Senate – ETS would have locked in a low emissions target, not economically or scientifically effective. #qanda #
  • Wong says citizens' assembly is only one element of a climate policy and a debate that Gillard will lead. #qanda #
  • Richardson: Labor vacated the field on climate during 2008-09 by trying to placate Turnbull & the Liberals whilst sceptics ran free. #qanda #
  • Turnbull: Labor lacking in competence and conviction. That is why people are walking away from it. #qanda #
  • Wong tries the Medicare argument. The difference is the Libs were dragged to supporting Medicare because Labor implemented it first. #qanda #
  • Medicare was implemented in 1984 against coalition opposition. They oppsed it through to 1993 until Howard admitted defeat on it in 1996. #
  • Switzer: There is no global consensus on climate change policy. Cap and trade is dead in Washington. #qanda #
  • Turnbull: China is doing more than US or Australia on developing cleaner energy sources. #qanda #
  • Turnbull and schadenfreude – language of Everyman. #qanda #
  • Richardson gives an eloquent lesson in real politics. #qanda #
  • I think that was the best #QandA ever: thoughtful, focussed on substantial issues, moving, with mainly substantial figures on the panel. #
  • @tobiasziegler And imagine where we'd be without the ABC to do this kind of program. My contempt for other media grows on these occasions. in reply to tobiasziegler #
  • I have a spare ticket for a free preview screening of "The Special Relationship", 6.30pm tomorrow, Cinema Nova, Carlton. Any takers? #
  • "The Special Relationship" is Part 3 of Peter Morgan's trilogy on Blair. Follows "The Deal" and "The Queen" – covers Blair and Clinton. #

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