My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Colin Barnett at the Lib Party launch in Brisbane says the election timing is cynical, arrogant & disrespectful of the people. #ausvotes #
  • "Stand up Australia for real action," rings out the Liberal jingle. Is it just me or does that not scan very well? #ausvotes #
  • Warren Truss, the man who would be Deputy Prime Minister in a coalition government, opens with a quote from Gen. Patton. #ausvotes #
  • Truss: The new govt is already looking flabby… she has to text her ex for someone to take her to the ball… #ausvotes #
  • Truss: This is not governing. This is loitering without intent. #ausvotes #
  • Truss: Labor misled all Australians with its failed broadband network… says coalition will plug black holes in regional communication. #
  • Truss says all Labor's cabinet ministers live in the big cities. #ausvotes #
  • "Less clerks, more doctors," says Truss. It's "fewer", sir. #ausvotes #
  • @GrogsGamut Hehe… he seems determined to get two bites at the campaign launch speech. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Truss: On spending they're worse than Whitlam, on taxes worse than Hawke, on breaking promises worse than Keating. #ausvotes #
  • Truss: If you want to.. stop the taxes, stop the boats, stop the rorts, etc, you have to change the government. #ausvotes #
  • A crisis in competence – there has to be a name for this use of words… #ausvotes #
  • Is Peter Costello here? #ausvotes #
  • Julie Bishop: This would have to be one of the most extraordinary elections of all time. #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: The desperate, robotic machine men of Labor politics – and that's what they call themselves… #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: … and now we're meant to believe that Kevin Rudd is the solution to the real Julia problem? #ausvotes #
  • Some of these lines are deadly for the ALP. The ridicule element is very dangerous, especially over leadership. #ausvotes #
  • RT @downesy: Is it just me or is there a touch of Imelda Marcos about Julie Bishop's shoulders? #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: Gillard says she'll go to her grave over the secrecy of that meeting… Kevin doesn't feel so restrained… #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: This soap opera should be called "The Vain and the Ruthless". #ausvotes #
  • It's not "ammachers"… #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: We know how to respect taxpayers' money and not waste it… #ausvotes Health rebate? Regional programs? #
  • @GrogsGamut Trouble is it works when there's a basis for it… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Roy the Younger! #ausvotes #
  • Bishop: Tony Abbott has dedicated his entire life to serving others… #ausvotes #
  • @GrogsGamut Of course.. but the govt is being ridiculed around the country. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @GrogsGamut You and I don't disagree on what we WANT to happen but on what we think IS happening. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Is this a swipe at Costello? … RT @AndrewRobbMP: Its nice to see a loyal deputy, great speech! #liblaunch #ausvotes #
  • RT @downesy: Is this a campaign launch or a Hillsong event? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Well isn't it great to lead a party with a deputy I can trust? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: … a predecessor who's a friend and a former PM who's a hero… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: They're worried about who gets the top job whilst we care about creating jobs. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We face an historic challenge. Not since 1975 … we have to save Australia… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It's time to end this soap opera and give Australia back a grown-up government. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It doesn't matter who fronts the camera because the faceless men are always in charge. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott to his own people: The people want us to do more… they want us to restore integrity to Aust public life… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We will stop the new taxes, end the waste, stop the boats… etc… #ausvotes #
  • I remember watching the Howard launch in 2007. They looked done. They knew they were going. What are we seeing now? #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: In week 1 the National Security committee of Cabinet will meet… everyone will attend… & we will take back control of our borders #
  • Abbott: On day 1 I'd pick up the phone to the President of Nauru to arrange for the offshore processing centre. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: From day 1 a coalition govt will stop the school hall rip-offs by giving responsibility to school councils which won't waste money. #
  • RT @abcnews: Abbott would reimburse homeowners whose insulation has to be removed after the axed scheme. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Convicted people smugglers will spend at least a year behind bars. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's presumption of victory via all this talk of Day 1 activity may yet provide the ammunition the ALP needs to torpedo him. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The coalition's new spending is fully costed and fully funded… #ausvotes – that's not what George Megalogenis says… #
  • Abbott's speech wanders from spending plans and suchlike but keeps returning to "stop the boats" rhetoric. They must it's working. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott addresses himself to people thinking of voting Green… "I understand your concerns… we only have one planet… #ausvotes #
  • Is this a plea for preferences? An admission that they're not quite there yet? #ausvotes #
  • That was it… 30 seconds on climate change. Not to be taken seriously. They think they can win without it. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott talks of giving responsibility for schools & hospitals to local communities as a social and economic reform. #ausvotes #
  • So, the most conservative instinct of all is the instinct to have children. Haven't heard that one before. #ausvotes #
  • RT @AdamBandt: Angry as Abbott mentions boats, immigration and population in the one dog-whistling thought bubble #ausvotes #
  • Abbott cites Noel Pearson as he talks of breaking the cycle of indigenous poverty. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Rest assured no-one is going to accuse a coalition govt of being all talk and no action…change is coming but it will be timetabled #
  • Abbott: We are running against a first term govt, against 5 state govts and against a labour movement which bankrolls the ALP. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott talks of Labor sandbagging itself in marginal seats like they did in South Australia last March… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: To throw out this government, you have to throw out your local Labor MP. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Soon the airwaves will be full of it, your letter boxes will be stuffed with it… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The only unfair dismissal anyone has talked to be about is Kevin Rudd's… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: My team is ready to govern…we won't have to learn on the job because we've done the job before… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: 15 members of my shadow cabinet have been ministers before… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Mine is a genial, pragmatic political creed… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We are a great country but we have been let down by a bad govt which does not deserve a second chance… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This election is the supreme challenge of my life… I will stand up for real action… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's speech has concluded. The crowd's mood is obviously confident. Abbott's speech was smooth, clear & direct with few new commitments. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull claps in a desultory manner, unsmiling. #ausvotes #
  • What will matter most to those genuine swinging voters – the simple clarity of Abbott's mainly negative message? #
  • Or will they recognise a coalition not ready to return to government, offering a "real action" plan that seeks to restore Howard's govt? #
  • Mixed messages from Abbott's launch: much confidence tinged with a fear of falling short in marginal seats. #ausvotes #
  • RT @1petermartin: Probably less new money spent than in any policy launch. And no need. Abbott's on his way. #ausvotes #
  • On Sky, David Speers says he doesn't think they all believe they're going to win but they're willing Abbott on… #ausvotes #
  • Barnaby Joyce on Sky: They may not have liked Keating or Howard but they never laughed at them… #ausvotes #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: Libs now running against the campaign circus, representing themselves as stable and grown up leaders #ausvotes #
  • John Howard on Sky: "That was the speech of a future Prime Minister… balanced… spoke from the heart… contrast with soap opera of govt. #
  • Howard: Tony will bring more experience to the job than Rudd or Gillard can bring even after three years in govt. #ausvotes #
  • A streaker on Sky News! #ausvotes #
  • Apparently a protest in favour of nude refugees… #
  • @Davidrkerr He's a shocking piece of work but so was Howard… it doesn't stop them winning from time to time. in reply to Davidrkerr #
  • RT @rod_benson: Tell me it's not Mark Latham. RT @mfarnsworth: A streaker on Sky News! #ausvotes #
  • Katharine Murphy speaks of the importance of marginal seat campaigns. Note the absence of Bruce Hawker from the Sky panel? #ausvotes #
  • I spoke too soon… here's Bruce Hawker on Sky! #
  • Hawker: Abbott's only policy was to reduce length of Question TIme… short on detail, long on invective… nothing on IR or tax for PL. #
  • Social networking: Failure to connect http://auspol.info/b7IpFI – loneliness and the social networking generation. #
  • How to Lose an Election Without Really Trying: http://auspol.info/dfglIJ -Frank Rich isn't talking about the ALP but there are similarities #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 52 LNP 48 #ausvotes #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Primary Votes: ALP 39 LNP 42 GRN 13 #ausvotes #
  • So, Nielsen on Friday night says ALP 49-51 with ALP up 1 – Newspoll tonight says ALP 52-48 with ALP up 2. #ausvotes #
  • Newspoll also shows 57% says their vote is committed, another 32% probably committed. 11% uncommitted to some degree. #ausvotes #
  • @davidtmiles @NeilMcMahon Conducted Aug 6-8. #
  • @travisgc Not really. They're hanging in. Primary vote very poor. But much better than could have been expected. in reply to travisgc #
  • More of this kind of thing may yet save the ALP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCKCTR5YAIk #
  • @davidjcampbell Tomorrow's Australian. Details here: http://auspol.info/bbVl6p (PDF) in reply to davidjcampbell #
  • "Spoken by Peter Costello"… RT @zombiemao: and this ? -> http://youtu.be/AeNih2aRZes #
  • It's August 8, the anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation announcement 36 years ago: http://auspol.info/9IMhJG #
  • @NeilMcMahon You do conjure up an ugly picture… in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • @mprimmer That was incorrect advice in 87. At that time you might have gotten away with leaving the last number out but that's all. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer You must number every box in sequence. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer The Langer method is also now outlawed: 1, 16, 566, 894 … the Act used to say "number every candidate". in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer I've forgotten the precise dates but you used to be able to get away with 90% of boxes on the Senate ballot paper. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer But your example 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 has always been informal as far as I'm aware. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer The current requirements in S240 of the Electoral Act: http://auspol.info/cz5NPa in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer I probably know your teacher… in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer What a snitch you are! in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer That's where the confusion arises – from different state laws. Eg. NSW and QLD have optional preferential. in reply to mprimmer #
  • RT @AntonyGreenABC: Galaxy in News Limited local papers, ALP ahead 51-49. ABC calculator ALP 75 seats to 72 http://bit.ly/9FBCqh #ausvotes #

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