My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan is speaking at the ALP's campaign launch in Brisbane. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Swan: I'm here to introduce the person who has the better economic plan. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • "The days when broadband was something on your hat." This is humour that makes Warren Truss look good. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Swan introduces Bob Hawke… "The question is: when you are about to make an investment decision, a car or a bet on a horse… #ausvotes #
  • Hawke: … you look to see how the product has performed in the past… study the form… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke nearly took a swipe at the Whitlam government… brushed it off with a reference to a hostile Senate. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke quotes Lee Kuan Yew in 1970s on Australia becoming the white trash of Asia… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke talks of the unanimous mandate (minus Bjelke-Petersen) given to him at the Economic Summit to reform the economy. #ausvotes #
  • Hawke condemns Howard-Costello for not investing in infrastructure during their term. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke quotes Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz on the extraordinarily good package of economic stimulus measures. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke: The other lot were sitting on their bloody hands… braying about debt… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke quotes RBA Governor Glenn Stevens on how low Australia's debt is compared to other countries. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke: Tony Abbott is playing the chicken… he won't have a debate about economics… the nothingness of the Liberals. #ausvotes #
  • Hawke moves to his second point: education. Mentions retention rates under his government. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Hawke acknowledges Bill Hayden… doesn't call him "mate"… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Crowd laughs at Hawke's suggestion he is objective. "You should hear me when I'm being subjective," he says. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard arrives on stage, to applause and music I don't recognise… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard thanks Hawke and Rudd – "a man of great achievements in the future"… also thanks absentee Whitlam & Keating. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: All of my life I have believed in the transformative power of education. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: My parents didn't come here seeking a free ride, they came prepared to work hard… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Was that the Ladder of Opportunity? #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We emerged from the downturn stronger than anyone else… but we need plans for the future and I have them. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Budget will return to surplus by 2013 – every program we have announced has been offset by savings. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Abbott has announced a billion dollars a day of promises during the campaign but he won't debate me on the economy. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Mr Abbott is the risk in this campaign. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • The slogan behind Gillard says: "Stronger Economy – Better Hospitals & Schools" #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of children inheriting joblessness. Stresses the importance of having a job. Easy to ridicule when you've got a secure job. #
  • Gillard: I believe we can build a nation where every child can get a great education and have their life transformed by it. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard says My School website is about not hiding achievement or under-achievement. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard attacks Abbott over education – says he will abandon Teach for Australia and other measures. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We are the party of Medicare… we brought it to this country & it has stood the test of time… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: If you're asking why you can't get a doctor's appointment today, look to Mr Abbott's cuts… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • @toplitigator No, it's the sound of a government finally playing to its strengths. Ignore the well-to-do smart-arses on here… in reply to toplitigator #
  • Gillard: From July 1, 2011 there will be a Medicare rebate for people in regional areas utilising online consultations. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: From July 1, 2012: broadband access to medical specialists… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Abbott is going to stop the GP health line and broadband. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Abbott says he wants to end waste but isn't the greater waste the waste of individual skills and talents? #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Abbott says "no new taxes" but all his programs depend on new taxes… he stands for more tax in this campaign… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: "Abbott says he wants to stop the boats. Today we've found out what that means." She ridicules the #boatphone idea. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I do not believe the nation should choose Mr Abbott's negativity… we are better than that… we are confident, optimistic… #
  • Gillard refers to Chifley's Light on the Hill and Obama's Yes We Can – says she's too modest to compare herself but asks people to say…. #
  • Gillard: … say "yes we will" to health care, education, tackling climate change, embracing broadband… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Yes we will move forward together… #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Tim Mathieson appears on stage with Gillard – there's several pages of drivel in tomorrow's newspapers. #LaborLaunch #ausvotes #
  • Abbott speaking in Sydney attacks the ALP promise to build Parramatta to Epping rail link. Says Federal ALP becoming like NSW ALP. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Interesting that Hawke introduced Gillard – he was the last Labor leader who chopped another Queenslander. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Most significant announcement is not Gillard's launch but Bob Brown's statement that a carbon tax is first agenda item. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Bob Brown has belled the cat – revelation of a Labor-Green carbon tax, a Labor-Green electricity tax. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked about "Yes we will" – says "we will get more debt, we will get more taxes, we will get more boats, we will get a carbon tax." #
  • Prof-fliggacy… #
  • @GrogsGamut No idea – Abbott claims Brown said carbon tax would be first agenda item after the election. Haven't seen it myself. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Abbott asked if he would over-ride the decisions of naval commanders – if not what's the point of a #boatphone? #
  • Updated information from AEC on late enrolments: late enrolments now added to voter lists. http://auspol.info/daeAsQ #
  • AEC statement on the use of "a particular digital pen methodology": http://auspol.info/ckcIsb #ausvotes #
  • Essential Report poll: Two-party-preferred ALP 51 – Coalition 49. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #ausvotes #
  • Essential: Primaries ALP 39 (down 2), Coalition 44 (up 2), Greens 10 (no change), Family First 2 (down 1), Other 5 (unchanged) #ausvotes #
  • Essential: Preferred Prime Minister – Gillard 46 (up 1), Abbott 35 (up 2), Don't know 19 (down 2) #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: The crucial thing to remember about Essential is that it is a 2 week rolling average. Half the poll is from week of Aug 3-8 #
  • @iamtheoracle 44% is a very healthy primary for sure, but 46 doesn't win. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @travisgc It's not good but polls say Green preferences are running in mid-80s… it's close and this week counts. in reply to travisgc #
  • Melbourne: Two kinds of politics http://auspol.info/cwgvNU – at the Equal Love rally with Bandt and Bowtell. #
  • @iamtheoracle Family First polled 1.99% nationally in 2007. SA 4.05, Vic 3.02, Qld 2.27, Tas 2.26, WA 1.21, NSW 0.87. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle So they're strongest in Labor's two best states. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy: http://auspol.info/a82com – forecast to pass the US as early as 2030. #
  • Gillard on #730Report in 15 minutes, Abbott on #qanda at 9.30 – so why is Abbott holding a 7.15 press conference at Liverpool RSL? Debates? #
  • RT @mattliddy: Sources suggest Abbott is going to agree to a debate. We should know soon: http://bit.ly/cgli8H #
  • A weather update whilst we're waiting for the Opposition Leader… it's bitingly cold outside in Melbourne tonight. Glorious. #
  • @xposya Doing a Ross Perot? in reply to xposya #
  • @tobiasziegler Is there a significant difference? in reply to tobiasziegler #
  • @nicholasjbaum Going to agree to another debate, according to ABC. in reply to nicholasjbaum #
  • If you're not sure how it works on Saturday, the AEC has issued this statement explaining it all: http://auspol.info/90lcgb #ausvotes #
  • Apparently there's 2 ballot papers… when did that happen? #
  • RT @RichardDav1s: AAP is reporting Labor & Coalition have agreed to suspend election campaigning on Thursday for the funeral of Nathan Bewes #
  • So what happens to Gillard's National Press Club appearance if campaigning is suspended on Thursday? What happens to Abbott's tomorrow? #
  • .@dbreban_18 Yes, I think I just retailed a rumour… #
  • Abbott says he'd like to see more community forums – disappointed Gillard won't agree to one in Brisbane… important to flush her out. #
  • Abbott: She's been calling for a debate… last thing I'd do is not debate the economy… #
  • Abbott wants a 30 minutes ABC debate at 7.30 tomorrow, chaired by Chris Uhlmann. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott still wants a Brisbane community forum. Says Gillard should "face up to the people of Qld". #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Let's debate tomorrow night and then go to Brisbane. #ausvotes #
  • Reporter asks Abbott why he didn't raise this issue during one of 5 press conferences today. #ausvotes #
  • Reporter asks what's changed between this week and last. Abbott says we're now at the "business end"… "now is the time"… #ausvotes #
  • @Tzarimas Yes, I know – I retweeted a retweet of this tweet: http://auspol.info/a183TB in reply to Tzarimas #
  • @rkjobling Don't worry – there's probably only a handful of us following all this and the real world is watching RSPCA Rescue or whatever! in reply to rkjobling #
  • Watching Kerry O'Brien's interview with Gillard. Lots of questions about Rudd. Still the unknown factor. #ausvotes #
  • @JennyEjlak I don't think it's bad – I love it. in reply to JennyEjlak #
  • Ah, June 23… what a night… and still less than two months ago. #4Corners #
  • "This is what we think but what do we know? We're not running the country." – Words from a focus group. #4Corners #
  • Garnaut: "ETS dumping was an abdication of leadership." – It may yet be the abdication of the government. #4Corners #
  • Aside from Howard, is there another political thinker you admire, Abbott is asked. He doesn't name anyone. #4Corners #
  • That was the only #4Corners program on the election. Once we got 2-3. #ausvotes #
  • Ah, so this is the real #Insiders… #MediaWatch #
  • @Drag0nista But he doesn't believe it! in reply to Drag0nista #
  • This is not a good start… #qanda #
  • It was high fibre the other day – now it's "high speed fibre". #qanda #
  • Is this @smurray38? #qanda #
  • Abbott: Is broadband really the most important priority of our nation at the moment? #qanda #
  • Orgill said it was "unthinkable" waste? #qanda #
  • Abbott appears to commit to a judicial inquiry or Royal Commission on the BER program. #qanda #
  • @KJBar I told him to wear a multi-coloured jumper or a funny hat but he seems to have ignored me… in reply to KJBar #
  • Even when he's trying to give a serious answer on gay marriage, Abbott can't resist the innuendo and the blokey humour. #qanda #
  • Give him a job on #Contrarians… RT @theburgerman: Kevin Rudd's stunt double! #qanda #
  • Tony Jones says Gillard has offered to do a joint #qanda with Abbott in Brisbane tomorrow night. #
  • Sorry, make that Wednesday night… #qanda #
  • "That would never happen in our party," Abbott says about outside influence on the leadership. Some of us have longer memories than that. #
  • Cars don't kill… #qanda #
  • #boatphone ! #qanda #
  • @grantfisher Remember the NRA – they have a line about "guns don't kill people – people kill people"…I didn't pull that line off too well. in reply to grantfisher #
  • Independents Katter and Windsor – but what's happening in Parkes? #
  • @lvlld There are stories about (eg. Cassidy on Insiders) that Coulton is under threat from an Independent. in reply to lvlld #
  • The AM Election Roadshow has been a radio gem these past couple of weeks: http://auspol.info/97p0nn http://youtu.be/6XOSDA70-h4 #ausvotes #
  • @redneckninja @lvlld @jamesmassola Thanks for that – Clements' website is http://auspol.info/beQTny #

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