My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Julia Gillard is about to address the National Press Club in Canberra – her final set-piece speech for the campaign. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm delighted to be back at the Press Club to talk about my positive plan for the nation… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The election is a cliffhanger, an absolute cliffhanger. Waking up to Abbott as PM is a very real possibility. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard repeats her words from day 1 of her prime ministership: work, the value of work, more work, work, work, work…. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard jokes about the cunning plan to call Abbott Mr. Rabbit… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I utterly reject the proposition that there is nothing at stake here. People who say that haven't met me … #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: …. and they sure haven't met Abbott. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Abbott asks you to protest but he doesn't have a plan. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I made a judgement to put my name to stimulus… Abbott's judgement led him to sign on for an Aust. recession. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of Peggy in Hobart – broadband is her security blanket. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard says Abbott has discovered Facebook. Imagine his excitement when he discovered YouTube. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard says coalition will rip $1 billion out of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, pushing prescription prices up. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Can you imagine I would ever write a book like Battlelines? He will fall back in love with WorkChoices – it's been endless love. #
  • Gillard: I will continue record investments in solar energy… Abbott will pay your money to the biggest polluters. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard jokes about Abbott's boatphone from HMAS Parliament House… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I will return the budget to surplus by 2013 – not a cent has been added to the bottom line during this campaign. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Three years in a row we have reduced the tax burden on working Australians. #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Labor types wandering around gloomy, claiming internal polling has them out. Believable or attempt to scare voters? #
  • Gillard touts education rebates, child care allowances – says tick and flick tax forms are coming… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Our paid parental leave scheme comes into force on January 1. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard announces further paid parental leave support for fathers and partners… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: From July 1, 2012, fathers and partners will have 2 weeks paid leave at the minimum wage rate. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: This decision will be fully off-set by savings in the forward estimates. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Friends, in conclusion, I'm campaigning as hard as I can…it's one of the closest contests in our history with the starkest choice #
  • Gillard: I ask you to reject the risk from Mr Abbott and endorse my plan for our future. #ausvotes #
  • First question is about emissions target of 5% – if you don't believe in a big Australia, why not a bigger target? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I believe in a sustainable Aust – I believe in climate change, Abbott does not – we will address emissions through our policies… #
  • Grattan, The Age: In a hung Parlt, what would be your approach to the cross-bench members? And how about a Debates Commission? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I won't speculate about the Parliament – I'm going to use my remaining time campaigning, not speculating. #ausvotes #
  • Farr, Daily Tele: Do you understand the cynicism of people towards this govt about climate change? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I can understand frustration about not having a CPRS. The consensus was shattered by Abbott. #ausvotes #
  • Lyndal Curtis, ABC: Voters in safe seats are not involved in this campaign – is this any way to run a democracy? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: I'm happy to meet people anywhere, I've been to many places, we had Community Cabinets, look at our funding record… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The BER wasn't in politically sensitive areas – it was for every school in the country. Similarly, trades training & computers. #
  • Riminton, Ch10: Can you nominate a policy area in which courage will be required? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard refuses to be drawn..says all policies take courage..says we waited 30 years for national curriculum, 25 yrs for school transparency #
  • Wright, Sun-Herald: Some days you delight, some days you disappoint – campaign has been up and down. What's high & low points so far. #
  • Gillard: When I delight & disappoint is for others to judge – I might keep my judgements to myself on this. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: This business isn't about entertaining, it's about what you get done. That's what I seek to be judged by. #ausvotes #
  • Azzopardi, Ch9: Did you support parental leave, as the famous leak suggested? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard won't be drawn on discussions … #ausvotes #
  • Middleton, SBS: Figures on indigenous deaths show suicide is markedly higher than for rest of population. What moral responsibility? #
  • Gillard talks of "closing the gap" targets – says investments in education, health & employment produces slow change. #ausvotes #
  • Speers, Ch7: Can you decide what you mean by leadership? Who's the most inspirational? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Leadership is about engaging. The Aust model of leadership is to be open to people and part of a team. #ausvotes #
  • Kenny, Advertiser: A functioning of democracy question – Abbott denies your charges about PBS, WorkChoices, etc -what chance do voters have? #
  • Gillard: Look at Abbott's costings – we've identified $12.4bn of errors in their costings – it cuts into the bottom line, maths is maths. #
  • Gillard attacks Abbott over WorkChoices -cites his May speech as evidence that he is not to be believed. #ausvotes #
  • Taylor, SMH: You've both spent money in marginal seats – shouldn't this be stopped? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard decries cynicsim: talks of Townsville road as example of local spending that serves an economic purpose. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard satirises criticism of the Citizens' Assembly as "tweet, tweet, tweet" ! #ausvotes #
  • Ewart, ABC: An unusual campaign, esp when you said you'd be the "real Julia". Have you been happy with campaign? Too early? #ausvotes #
  • Hartcher, SMH: Has the NSW govt been a good govt? How will yours be different? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: The NSW govt has had it problems…cynicism about govt delivery, esp. in western suburbs where population has increased. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard is presented with a bottle of Bollinger from the Press Club. Was this her last appearance as Prime Minister? #ausvotes #
  • RT @DanielleCronin: A copy of Prime Minister Gillard's #NPC address is here: http://tinyurl.com/23a34zu #ausvotes #
  • You don't see me saying this often… I'm watching the 7PM Project… #ausvotes #
  • @NeilMcMahon He fell off earlier in the campaign… anyway I'm pretty sure it was Clinton who pioneered the non-stop finish. in reply to NeilMcMahon #
  • Abbott on 7PM Project: Climate change is real and I've got a policy to deal with it. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott just asked on 7PM Project what his favourite website is… says its tonyabbott.com.au #ausvotes #
  • it's … #
  • Liberal supporting betting friend of mine says either bookies or commentators are wrong – ALP is 74% favoured. #ausvotes #
  • Antony Green on #730Report discussing likely outcomes… #
  • @geehall1 Thanks, George – my invoice for content rights is on its way… in reply to geehall1 #
  • Beware "impressions management" .. RT @LarvatusProdeo: Mark Bahnisch on internal party polling & election divination – http://bit.ly/cLApgV #
  • @Drag0nista That's right – these 48 hours are not the time to believe anything that's "leaked"… in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @WNBSprague Those betting agencies are masters of publicising their business – one where election betting is a miniscule part. in reply to WNBSprague #
  • Help needed… RT @Simonedb: Huge moral dilemma Sat. Choice is moral bankruptcy, madness and a void. Love to hear your thoughts. In time. #
  • @Simonedb My simple view: there's no moral dilemma. An election is a choice. It's madness not to make that choice… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb …All choices are between imperfect options. That's life. The morally pure are up themselves. I have no trouble choosing… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb Moral bankruptcy: is that the Libs? Madness: the Greens? A void: the ALP? If I've labelled them wrongly, make your corrections in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb I don't accept there are no differences between the main parties. They may be incremental differences to some extent… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb …but they're also stark differences on key philosophies, attitudes and policies. For me, there's a clear choice in direction… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb Ultimately, your vote must go to Labor or Liberal. Work out which one you don't want and vote accordingly. in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb Vote for someone else in the Senate if you want to spread your voting love around. in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb Don't vote informal. That's the preserve of the morons. in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb If you don't like what's on offer, do something about it. Get involved. Join something. Stop complaining. in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb If there's one little theme to my Drum pieces it's this: I admire and respect people who involve themselves in politics… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb … much more than I do the people who report it, comment on it or denigrate it. in reply to Simonedb #
  • @Simonedb Hope that was in time… in reply to Simonedb #
  • @smurray38 "The NBN is a Bennite solution"… doesn't have quite the same ring to it… in reply to smurray38 #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 50 (-2) LNP 50 (+2) #ausvotes #
  • @Drag0nista Well, it's more reliable than a so-called leaked poll. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #MercuryIRIS Poll (Seat of Gilmore) 2 Party Preferred: ALP 42 LNP 58 #ausvotes #
  • And here's part of the reason why: http://auspol.info/9O9v40 #
  • @smurray38 You want a $100 on no hung Parliament? in reply to smurray38 #
  • A former Labor MP of my acquaintance yesterday voted pre-poll – for the Greens in both houses. #ausvotes #
  • @mprimmer You are surely not surprised? in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer Oh yes, the preference goes to Labor but the Senate vote doesn't. More significant is why this person did it. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer I thought you might be swearing about the ALP's unerring capacity to completely cock up this election… in reply to mprimmer #
  • @citizen_cam No: the people you call bigots are "fucking" the ALP with their votes. in reply to citizen_cam #
  • It looks like Twitter blindness has set in… #ausvotes #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 52 LNP 48 #ausvotes #
  • Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper backs Abbott: "We deserve much better" http://auspol.info/dvZVrK #ausvotes #
  • Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper backs Abbott: "We can only move forward with Coalition" http://auspol.info/9RTzq6 #
  • Sydney's Daily Telegraph backs Abbott: "A Government that's lost its way" http://auspol.info/a90O7a #ausvotes #
  • @caedwa They have next to no impact whatsoever. Often run counter to election outcomes. in reply to caedwa #
  • @sexenheimer They say: "Without any great enthusiasm, we believe Mr Abbott and the Coalition are best placed to lead Australia." in reply to sexenheimer #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Galaxy is 52-48, with ALP primary unchanged on 38 & LNP down 1 to 41. Newspoll 50-50, Morgan face to face 52-48. #ausvotes #
  • @rod_benson I'm not going to tweet that in the open stream! in reply to rod_benson #
  • Brian Costar tips a Labor victory – best case scenario 81 seats, worst 78 http://auspol.info/aB4knl #ausvotes #
  • The Australian newspaper backs Abbott: "A vote to end the curse of big government." http://auspol.info/bMQH1Q #ausvotes #
  • RT @smurray38: Illawarra Mercury's front page – Libs ahead in Gilmore; editorial for Gillard return http://bit.ly/cO1Chy (Pdf) #ausvotes #
  • The Australian doesn't even know when the 1977 election was held… http://auspol.info/bMQH1Q #ausvotes #
  • If you're watching The Drum right now you're seeing why the Canberra journalists have no idea of what's happening in the electorate. #
  • @sunlightandsnow Oh well, you know what I mean..! Savva is the only one making any sense. in reply to sunlightandsnow #
  • Sydney Morning Herald backs Gillard: "Why Labor under Gillard deserves a second chance." http://auspol.info/9HNPRo #ausvotes #
  • Who Cares About the "First Bloke"? http://auspol.info/a3Z3BC – Chloe Angyal, in Slate, says the Australian media is sexist. #ausvotes #
  • Ted Mack, former independent MP, says our electoral system provides only an illusion of democracy: http://auspol.info/b0wxV9 #ausvotes #
  • @smurray38 It's those sexual undertones that have me worried… in reply to smurray38 #
  • She's really done for now… RT @3AW693: 3AW Poll: Preferred Prime Minister? Gillard 28% Abbott 72% (more than 2,000 votes) #ausvotes #
  • @smurray38 Check Matey! in reply to smurray38 #

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