My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Costello says he DOES trust Abbott on economics – he was part of the greatest economic team in Australia's history. Gillard is the danger. #
  • And he's only smirking a little bit… #
  • @HillbillySkill I read somewhere that he had a diary clash… in reply to HillbillySkill #
  • @toplitigator Yes, who knows what people are absorbing? I just know I live in a parallel universe… in reply to toplitigator #
  • Gillard talking to primary school students in Perth. Those Grade 4s are really into building a competitive economy and intrastructure. #
  • Students in this room today will still be in the workforce in 2060, Gillard says… #
  • And here's the My School website again. It isn't an attempt to avoid accountability to say that it's a sham. #
  • Note that Gillard is using a Powerpoint presentation that consists of nothing more than bullet points. The poorest of poor teaching. #
  • Here's my favourite Powerpoint presentation: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address http://auspol.info/9Mwcgn #
  • And of course it's a "vision"… I think she jumped over the Mission Statement… #
  • I believe that kid crying in the background is one of the ALP's campaign strategists. #
  • An Australian Baccalaureate… who does she think she's kidding? #
  • RT @latikambourke: JG would set up online tests for teachers & parents to use in between 2 yr MySchool tests to track ongoing performance. #
  • @crazyjane13 It will devalue the Year 12 certificates already on offer in the States and it will always be second to the IB internationally. in reply to crazyjane13 #
  • It's all in the name. Call it a "baccalaureate" and it makes you sound committed to education. Similar to appropriating "excellence". #
  • A kid asks about teacher strikes and whether they will get more salary even if they don't make improvements… #
  • LIsten to all this sludge: access, perspectives, the whole child, performance-based reward, etc. #
  • A parent thanks Gillard for "the wonderful new buildings out the back"… #
  • @athena_here It's still on Sky… in reply to athena_here #
  • Watching Gillard take these questions is to see her at her best. As it was with Rudd. #ausvotes #
  • @newcastleboyy Trouble is, when Gough & Hawke were around it was said they weren't of the Curtin-Chifley calibre. They're what we've got. in reply to newcastleboyy #
  • Here's Andrew! #
  • No, it's not. It's Max Gillies… #
  • Swan speaking at the #npc – "we stared down the global financial crisis… hundreds of thousands of jobs saved…" #
  • Swan: I want to take the debt issue head on… there was no option… avoiding a deficit would have meant huge cuts to services and jobs. #
  • Swan: Budget will be back in surplus in 2012-13, debt will peak at 6% of GDP compared to an average 80% in comparable economies. #npc #
  • Swan calls on Hockey to submit coalition's election promises for Treasury costing. #npc #
  • Hockey does his Reagan-like "I am optimistic" routine. "The world wants to be like us… innovative, hard-working, stability…" #npc #
  • Hockey talks of his and Abbott's combined 20-year ministerial experience – "I've sat in the Cabinet economic committee". #npc #
  • Hockey: We are the party of tax reform. It's about abolishing taxes and making them more efficient. #npc #
  • Hockey repeats coalition's line about Australia going into the GFC in better condition than other countries. #npc #
  • Aquaculture…Thailand… – The Shadow Treasurer is so well-informed… #npc #
  • Uhlmann asks Swan why they killed off Rudd if he'd done such a good job. #npc #
  • Swan: We changed because there was a feeling in the caucus… a difficult gut-wrenching decision… #npc #
  • There's a definite sense today that the government is working hard to push the Rudd issue aside in favour of economic issues. #npc #
  • Hockey: Every time we come into government, Labor has left a deficit. We had temporary levies to pay off their debt – levies are gone now. #
  • Hockey claims $300 million of promises for which the ALP hasn't announced funding arrangements. #npc #
  • Swan to Hockey: There you go again… – they're both channelling Reagan today. #npc #
  • Swan: We debated the stimulus for 15 hours in the Parliament. The Libs tried to vote it down… #npc #
  • Swan is firing today with these attacks on the coalition's attitude to the stimulus. #npc #
  • Swan: The construction industry will tell you the BER program is the only thing that's sustained building in this country. #npc #
  • Hockey now claiming they voted against the stimulus in order to get into negotiations about it. Defensive? #npc #
  • Hockey says their concern about stimulus programs, including "pink batts", shows Labor doesn't know how to implement policies. #npc #
  • Swan quotes Reserve Bank Governor in support of stimulus. Hockey says they've never disputed need for stimulus… #npc #
  • RT @jonkudelka: Deficits will always be better under the Liberal party. #ausvotes #
  • Hockey: It's incompetent government. We need a proper government. #npc #
  • Swan asked about his second-term agenda for tax reform. Cites company tax reduction, says coalition's planned increase is contrary to Henry #
  • Hockey says they will consult widely and lay down a tax reform agenda… in other words they don't have one pre-election. #npc #
  • Hockey: Labor believes you can speed up everyone by slowing down your best runner. #npc #
  • RT @AustralianLabor: The Gillard Govt’s vision is to make every school a great school. Fact sheet on school reform: http://bit.ly/cefqx3 #
  • Hockey says builders are having trouble getting finance because the government's borrowing is crowding them out. #npc #
  • Swan reminds Hockey that the RBA has repudiated his argument about government crowding out the private sector. Hockey persists. #npc #
  • Hockey has mentioned Asia twice today. I'm getting nostalgic for Paul Keating. #npc #
  • Hockey asked about the Debt Reduction Task Force if the coalition is elected. Says it will find out if Labor hasn't been telling the truth. #
  • Hockey itemises a list of programs he says have had costs blowouts. "The waste must stop." #npc #
  • Swan: LIbs are trying to hide their planned cuts until after the election. They won't submit their promises for Treasury costing. #npc #
  • Swan: The Libs have a hidden agenda. #npc #
  • Hockey jokes he was hoping Rudd would help him launch the Liberal campaign in Lilley. Joke falls flat. #npc #
  • Swan and Andrew Robb have an exchange at the #npc – I've never seen Swan this feisty and confident before. #
  • Hockey says the coalition's policies will be submitted to Finance "by the deadline". When, though, Swan persists. #npc #
  • Hockey claims coalition promises only amount to $25.773 billion. #npc #
  • Several references to Shane Wright's birthday at the #npc today. And the media wonder why they're seen as self-indulgent and self-obsessed. #
  • Swan sums up: "We need another debate and another debate between the PM and the Opposition Leader. #npc #
  • Swan: Imagine the waste in this country if we hadn't taken the responsible decision to support the economy and its future. #npc #
  • Swan: We've cut taxes and invested in infrastructure. #npc #
  • Hockey: We've offered a plan to pay down Labor's debt… we could lose this opportunity for a bountiful future. #npc #
  • Hockey: I know a bad govt when I see it because I come from New South Wales. And this is a bad govt. Vote Liberal for a grown-up govt. #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: Essential Report Poll ALP 52-LNP48 #
  • The National Press Club debate has concluded. The ALP will be delighted with Swan's performance. #npc #
  • The Australian Baccalaureate proposed by Gillard this morning will be voluntary. http://auspol.info/bmbwL5 #
  • @undrewb I don't think anyone is wondering about that! in reply to undrewb #
  • @ben_hr More like "parents who think they've got gifted kids"… in reply to ben_hr #
  • Latham: I'm telling you, there's a screw loose… #PMLive #
  • Latham: What's Gillard got to fear from me… why complain to Ch9… why not just do the interview? #PMLive #
  • It's hard to keep up with this… #
  • Latham says he wanted to ask Gillard about the negative advertising campaign, the technique of never answering the question… #PMLive #
  • Latham says he wanted to ask about corporate donations, about parties complaining to media executives… #PMLive #
  • Latham says he would have asked Abbott these questions too… #PMLive #
  • Latham says Labor politics is insoluble, processes are wrong, public is being duped, can't achieve your goals… #PMLive #
  • Ad break on Sky… Gillard on #QandA… what to do? #
  • @jamesmassola Many years ago… I prefer Doctor Who, Blake's 7… is that so wrong? in reply to jamesmassola #
  • Switching to #QandA… #
  • How would I survive without an IQ2? #
  • Q: Have you apologised to Rudd about that night? Will you serve out a full term? Gillard says life is full of judgments. #QandA #
  • Jones presses Gillard on the apology – such a stupid question – she says its implicit in her response that she didn't. #QandA #
  • RT @latikambourke: JG says they were in a 'downward spiral' under KRudd – and praises him as 'brave' for campaigning after surgery. #qanda #
  • @jamesmassola Dare I admit that I couldn't be bothered with Lord of the Rings after the first film? in reply to jamesmassola #
  • Gillard says her parents are also her political parents… pressed, she names Don Dunstan as a special person with a vision of the future. #
  • How big of a tool is Mark Latham, asks an audience member. "There are some things that can't be measured," Gillard says. #QandA #
  • @NeilMcMahon It's grossly improper! in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • @rod_benson You're a hard man, Benson. in reply to rod_benson #
  • RT @JanetteHowardPM: John Howard's mum was a mother! #qanda #
  • @rod_benson If you keep this up you'll lower the tone on Twitter. Behave. in reply to rod_benson #
  • Gillard: We have kept Australians in work and we are going to come out of this global recession in better shape than anyone else. #QandA #
  • @AHunting Good grief! Twenty-one years or longer? You might find Day 19 of interest: http://auspol.info/ajZx1f in reply to AHunting #
  • @AHunting I still have the files… in reply to AHunting #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: Julia displaying knowledge of how mining prices works – great answer on the MRRT #qanda #
  • So today has been the first day of the entire election campaign where the ALP has been firing on all cylinders. Swan & Gillard both in form. #
  • @sspencer_63 You're up there.. you must know the names of those responsible. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • A question on the greatest moral challenge of our time… Gillard says she will use her own words – it's a "profound challenge for us all". #
  • @AHunting Yes, agree with that about Gillard – not sure Abbott is that bad though. in reply to AHunting #
  • These bloody religious types. Who are they to suggest that people who don't share their superstitions should be the ones on the defence? #
  • And now a question about her accent… this is just another kind of sexism and Liberal snobbery. #
  • @buckleup Be kind, be buggered. The sanctimonious cant from these people needs to be highlighted. in reply to buckleup #
  • @coaten Exactly. Like astrology once had. in reply to coaten #
  • This question on gay marriage is a good test… #qanda #
  • Gillard supports current Marriage Act definition of marriage. Says discrimination in federal legislation is being removed. #qanda #
  • RT @HutchHussein: Labor has given gays real rights. In time, we'll get marriage. #qanda #
  • @GrogsGamut Yes, he is. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @euansmum It will backfire on them. in reply to euansmum #
  • Another young candidate, this time in Farrer: http://auspol.info/cXYFke #
  • Peter Hartcher watched the same debate as I did but reached an opposite conclusion: http://auspol.info/chQW8y #
  • $800 million hole in Coalition budget costings: http://auspol.info/d7lPvV #

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