My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Defence Department confirms two Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. #
  • Names of soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Private Grant Kirby, 35; Private Thomas Dale, 21 #
  • Two other soldiers have been wounded by the IED. #
  • Defence Minister Faulkner: They are the 19th and 20th of our people killed in Afghanistan. #
  • Faulkner: Both these soldiers will always be remembered with gratitude and honour. #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Faulks ages before your eyes everytime he does one of these. #
  • Faulkner: While the election continues here in Australia, ADF operations continue in Afghanistan. Objectives cannot be overstated. #
  • Faulkner: Aust is in Afghanistan, operating under a UN mandate with 47 internat. partners, ridding the country of the scourge of terrorism. #
  • Julia Gillard is speaking at Richmond Air Force base: As a nation, we've lost two brave men… #
  • Gillard: As PM and on behalf of the nation, I express condolences… #
  • Gillard: Wounded soldiers' injuries are not life threatening. #
  • Gillard: This is a very difficult day for the nation. We are celebrating our democracy in the midst of a peaceful election… #
  • Gillard:… whilst there are countries where this does not take place. #
  • Gillard: This is a time to think about lives lost on 9/11 & in Bali… we are in Afghanistan because it has been a safe haven for terrorists #
  • Gillard asked what people say to her about Afghanistan – bipartisan support for the commitment means it's not been raised in the campaign. #
  • @newcastleboyy Not yet. in reply to newcastleboyy #
  • Tony Abbott on soldier deaths: Our soldiers remain in Afghanistan on what is an important mission that the coalition fully supports. #
  • @WNBSprague Melb Town Hall is the usual location. in reply to WNBSprague #
  • NT News says AEC reports 26% of territorians had voted by last night. http://auspol.info/9qgfGe #
  • RT @WilliamBowe: Morgan SMS exit poll: 51-49 to Labor, 38.5% ALP, 43% L-NP, 12% Greens http://bit.ly/bt67fw #ausvotes #
  • "You have to make a prediction," someone said to me. "But I've no idea," I replied. #ausvotes #
  • But for what it's worth, the polls, history and a touch of logic suggest it's Labor narrowly. But I think they're going to lose. #ausvotes #
  • But then I stood on a polling booth in 1993 and told the Lib workers they had it in the bag… #
  • And in 2002, I couldn't work out how Steve Bracks was going to win. He won the largest victory in the Vic Parlt's history… #
  • In 2007, I was convinced Howard would lose from around April… #
  • In other words, it's guess work… I'm more interested in the research and explanations of elections AFTER they've taken place… #
  • So, take no notice of me… there are people around here who actually know what they're talking about… #
  • From my experience of elections since 1972, most are fairly easily predicted. 1993 is the only Federal election I got totally wrong. #
  • But this one is different. The state variations are potentially so great and the polls so close how could anyone seriously claim to know? #
  • @henwa You may be right! in reply to henwa #
  • Anyway, I had better go and vote… Goldstein could be decisive… #
  • RT @lyndons: If Gillard loses, will she be the shortest serving Australian Prime Minister? #ausvotes #
  • No, @lyndons, she's already got Fadden, McEwen, Page and Forde trailing her… See the list here: http://auspol.info/atFB8e #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: AEC has forced Libs to withdraw fake Greens pamphlet urging 2nd pref for LNP. AEC says it … threatened legal action. #
  • Very experienced campaign workers in La Trobe tell me that many people were refusing all how-to-votes today – one said up to 30%. #ausvotes #
  • RT @samanthamaiden: Galaxy's exit poll suggests 5 per cent swing against ALP in Queensland and 2 per cent plus swing for ALP in Victoria. #
  • Tony Burke: We effectively ran a three-week campaign at the end – second week was extraordinarily bad, went back 6 points. #ausvotes #
  • RT @Pollytics: Godzilla Robopoll on Ten has 52/48 ALP nationally, reversed for 54 marginals. #ausvotes #
  • 67 years ago tonight, the polls in Australia's federal election were still open – they closed then at 8pm…. #ausvotes #
  • On August 21, 1943, the Labor PM, John Curtin, had to wait a few more hours before enjoying his landslide victory. #ausvotes #
  • We have entered that period of time characterised by "but these are early figures"…. #ausvotes #
  • There's a 2.9% swing to the ALP in Macquarie!!! It's all over!!! #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: TEN JWS exit poll 52-48 nationally, but 48.9-51.1 in Marginals. JWS says ALP would lose net 14 seats on marginals result. #
  • Peter Costello says Warren Entsch will win Leichhardt. #ausvotes #
  • @GrogsGamut Don't – all the dopes will think I'm serious… in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Nicole Roxon says there's a 7% swing to the ALP in a small booth in McEwen. #ausvotes #
  • In La Trobe, St Joseph's Primary School booth has Labor and Liberal tied on first preferences – ALP won by 161 last time. #ausvotes #
  • Green preferences in St Joseph's booth in La Trobe are running at 90% – being dropped now. #ausvotes #
  • @CaroletheStrong You DO understand that was just a joke about Macquarie….? in reply to CaroletheStrong #
  • @TyrrellNick About 8… this will teach me not to make jokes… in reply to TyrrellNick #
  • Bruce Hawker says a 5% swing against ALP in Hughes – already held by Libs. #ausvotes #
  • 9.8% swing against Wayne Swan in Lilley – will survive. Christine Wallace on 9 says anti-Labor swing but not a bloodbath yet. #ausvotes #
  • 6.1% swing to Libs in NSW with 6.2% counted… #ausvotes #
  • 0.1% swing to ALP in Victoria. Sizable swing to ALP in Tasmania but they already hold all 5 seats. #ausvotes #
  • Bruce Hawker has 2.5% swing to ALP in La Trobe. #ausvotes #
  • ALP primary vote in Qld is 33.49%, a 9% swing. Greens are on 11%, Libs up 3%. 12% counted. Not looking good. #ausvotes #
  • La Trobe, St Josephs, Boronia booth – Labor retains 762-679 – 52.8%, compared to 56.2% last time. #ausvotes #
  • Eden-Monaro – 1.1% swing against ALP – Mike Kelly retaining. #ausvotes #
  • 20-year-old Wyatt Roy holding his own in Longman against LAbor incumbent. 5% counted – worth watching. #ausvotes #
  • With 19% counted in Dobell, ALP is easily retaining. #ausvotes #
  • Tony Burke and Bob Hawke make point that the swing against ALP in western Sydney is not being replicated in the rest of the state. #ausvotes #
  • Libs easily winning Macarthur – 18% counted Lib on 56%. #ausvotes #
  • Macquarie – 9% counted, Libs on 56%. Abetz: If we don't win Macquarie, we have no chance. #ausvotes #
  • Jo Gash is easily winning in Gilmore – 31% counted, Libs have 55%. #ausvotes #
  • Keep an eye on Denison – Andrew Wilkie polling well and receiving preferences from Libs. #ausvotes #
  • Imagine Katter, Windsor, Oakeshott, Bandt and Wilkie holding the balance of power. #ausvotes #
  • Rob Mitchell has his nose ahead in McEven with 13.5% counted. Laura Smyth winning in La Trobe. Billson in trouble in Dunkley. #ausvotes #
  • With 20% counted in Deakin, ALP's Mike Symon has just over 52%. Close but looking secure. #ausvotes #
  • Bennelong: 16% counted and Lib Alexander is ahead on 57%. Say goodbye to McKew. #ausvotes #
  • Janelle Saffin in Page is hanging on with 53% – 36% counted. Confirms trend outside Sydney. #ausvotes #
  • In Flynn (Qld) with 43% counted, the LNP candidate O'Dowd is beating ALP's Chris Trevor by 53.72% to 46.28%. #ausvotes #
  • In PAterson, Liberal Bob Baldwin is easily winning on 54.5% with 44% counted. #ausvotes #
  • In Dickson, with 39% counted, Peter Dutton is easily winning on 54.56%. #ausvotes #
  • With 30% counted in Herbert, the LNP candidate is ahead of Labor's Tony Mooney 51.85 – 48.15. #ausvotes #
  • And no-one has yet mentioned ASTON in Melbourne: 29% counted and the ALP is just ahead on 50.16% – a 5% swing. WATCH THIS ONE. #ausvotes #
  • There's a 3.5% swing to John Forrest in Mallee. The Nats increase their 2PP from 71.27% to 74.83%. #ausvotes #CantTakeTheCountryOutOfTheBoy #
  • Graeme Morris counts 4 Lib gains in NSW, possibly 7 & 8 in Qld. Loss of 3-4 in Vic. SA unclear. #ausvotes #
  • Some ballots may be void in McEwen – http://auspol.info/cwV4ir – 100 ballots not initialled by AEC workers. #
  • @iBleeter But it seems clear now that Denison will be retained by ALP. Greens will go out first and put ALP over the line. in reply to iBleeter #
  • By my reckoning, Boothby looking good for Labor. http://auspol.info/agTY1j #ausvotes #
  • ACT super safe for ALP but there are small swings against both new Labor candidates. #ausvotes #
  • Bruce Hawker see 13 Labor losses and 4 gains in NSW, Qld and Vic. Regardless of SA, WA and NT, Labor clings on. #ausvotes #
  • @nicodonnell He'll be using a chalkboard next, a la Tim Russert. in reply to nicodonnell #
  • @GrogsGamut Yes, Sky. The AEC website is still the best place though. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Bronwyn Bishop has a 2.5% swing to her in Mackellar – up to 64.94% #ausvotes #
  • A 7.58% swing to Julia Gillard in Lalor. Up from 65.53 to 73.11. A 4.45% swing on primaries. Greens only polling 3%. #ausvotes #
  • Aston has turned agains the ALP. 55% counted and Lib leads on 51.50%. #ausvotes #
  • Joe Hockey talks of the ALP "stealing" the election because of union support. The campaign continues. #ausvotes #
  • Adam Bandt giving a victory speech in Melbourne. Greens polling nearly 35% of primary vote, up 12.75%. #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: If there's no change in WA, I get it at ALP 75, LNP 71, Independent (including Green) 1. WA decides election. #ausvotes #
  • Can anyone confirm where Greens preferences are going in Denison? #ausvotes #
  • Rudd speaking in Griffith: Pays tribute to soldiers in Afghanistan… #ausvotes #
  • There has been a 4.31% swing against Rudd in his seat. A 9.31% swing on primaries. #ausvotes #
  • Rudd salutes candidates all round Australia. Thanks "the good people of Griffith", says he's proud to represent them in Parliament. #
  • Rudd must have more up to date figures. AEC has him on 58.01 – he says he will be "north of 60". #ausvotes #
  • In Victoria, the ALP is slipping back. Aston won by Libs. Dunkley held narrowly by Libs. La Trobe ALP ahead by less than 1% -not over there. #
  • ALP has had a solid win in McEwen in Victoria and hanging on in Corangamite. Looks like a net gain of 2 only. #ausvotes #
  • @JudeEkerick So much for all that garbage about the demographics moving Labor's way in Bennelong. in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • "And I'm responsible for much of it"… RT @annabelcrabb: "This is a bad night for the Labor Party" Mark Arbib. #ausvotes #
  • Malcolm Mackerras: This is first election in my lifetime when it was close AND predicted to be close. 1961 was a shock close result. #
  • Mackerras says a hung Parliament is now probable. Last time this happened was 1940. Govt changed during the life of the Parliament. #
  • @JudeEkerick She played the role she was given which was to get rid of Howard. I wouldn't be too sentimental about it. in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • RT @sspencer_63: At this stage it is 74 ALP, 71 LNP, 5 independents, assuming no change in WA. #ausvotes #
  • Senator Mitch Fifield already talking minority Liberal government. #ausvotes #
  • RT @abcnews: Antony Green predicts Labor 73, Coalition 72, Green 1, Independent 4. #ausvotes #
  • The current national two-party-preferred figure is ALP 51.02%, Coalition 48.98%. #ausvotes #
  • That's with 57% of the vote counted. Nielsen said 52%, Newspoll 50.2%, Galaxy 52% and Morgan 51% in their final polls. #ausvotes #
  • The ALP's national primary vote is 39.13%, down 5.29%. Greens are polling 11.48%, up 3.85% – as usual they don't reach expectations. #
  • The combined primary vote for Libs, LNP, Nats, CLP is 42.92%. #ausvotes #
  • In Hasluck (WA), with 13% counted, the ALP is down 3.67% on primaries to 34.38% – not a promising start. #ausvotes #
  • RT @BronwynHinz: Labor re-elected in #Deakin for first time in history #ausvotes http://tweetphoto.com/40410221 #
  • John Alexander is about to claim victory over Maxine McKew in Bennelong. #ausvotes #
  • On Bennelong: It's worth remembering that Stanley Melbourne Bruce regained his seat of Flinders in 1931 after losing it in 1929. #ausvotes #
  • RT @KJBar: McKew: "I think our problems date back to last year when we never really claimed victory over the GFC" #ausvotes #
  • Alannah McTiernan is being walloped in Canning. With 18% counted, Libs have 48% of the primary vote. #ausvotes #
  • @06eleven Hmm… except the Scullin govt was split 3 ways with Lyons defecting to lead the other side. This defeat much worse in that sense. in reply to 06eleven #
  • So WA looks like returning 3 Labor members: Perth, Fremantle and Brand. Hasluck looking to be lost to Libs but early days. #
  • Graeme Morris says Corangamite coming back to Libs – AEC shows 78% counted and ALP ahead on 50.02%. #ausvotes #
  • RT @3AW693: Youngest Australian MP at 20 – It's all about WYATT ROY http://twitpic.com/2gscxo #
  • Well worth noting… RT @KJBar: Antony Green says Family First's Steve Fielding has been defeated in the Senate #abcnews24 #ausvotes #
  • RT @TimMontgomerie: Strewth! Crikey! It looks like Aust Libs (73) will have 1 more seat than Labor (72) in hung parlt http://is.gd/eu6co #
  • HUNG PARLIAMENT: Libs 73, ALP 72, Greens 1, Independents 4 (Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter, Wilkie) – give Bandt & Wilkie to ALP & it's 74-73-3. #
  • Looks like the future of the government lies in the hands of 3 ex-National Party members… #ausvotes #
  • Graeme Morris says the ALP is ahead in Lindsay by 9 votes with some good Liberal booths still to come. #ausvotes #
  • Have a listen to Bob Katter on LNL a couple of week ago and consider which way he might jump in a hung Parliament: http://auspol.info/c2Wvan #
  • @downesy I don't even need to check. It won't happen. in reply to downesy #
  • @downesy Well, maybe the 12 people on Twitter…. in reply to downesy #
  • @dfg77 Indeed – it's going to be very, very interesting… and I wouldn't count on the Greens to be very cooperative either. in reply to dfg77 #
  • @Gauky_1976 What seat are you in? in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • A turnaround in Canning. Tony Burke says ALP scrutineers put the ALP on 50.45. #ausvotes #
  • Morris: It's been well over a 1000 years since an Abbott was credited with a miracle… #ausvotes #
  • @tdmalone Impossible to say at moment because too many are so close we need all the postals and absentees. in reply to tdmalone #
  • @lyndons That's the usual practice, especially if that govt has the largest number of seats. See Tas Governor's statement last March. in reply to lyndons #
  • @Gauky_1976 Windsor is what the Nats used to be like when you could have some regard for them. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • RT @danupoyner: Watching Wyatt Roy reminds me of that Blackadder episode with Pitt the Even Younger… #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: When John Howard won in 1996, Wyatt Roy was 6. #
  • @Gauky_1976 I grew up in Mallee. The Nats used to be sensible, tough operators. They stood up to the Libs & behaved like Labor pols locally. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • Oakes talking of need for a more civil political discourse in a hung parliament. #ausvotes #
  • Grayndler looking interesting: Albanese on 46.86, Greens 25.47, Libs 23.93. Lib preferences may elect Greens. #ausvotes #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Libs will be kicking themselves over Dobell, Lindsay & Robertson. 3 seats they should have won – it would be all over. #
  • RT @sspencer_63: NSW Liberal Party's crap performance in marginal seats has cost their boy a historic win tonight. #ausvotes #
  • Various media types already starting to confuse people about number of seats versus number of votes. Remember Tasmania last March? #ausvotes #
  • Tony Windsor has had congratulatory phone call from Gillard and another call from Hockey. How considerate! #ausvotes #
  • Oakeshott complains about getting a line out of his electorate. "Have we got a plan for you," says Stephen Smith. #ausvotes #
  • Wilson Tuckey defeated in O'Connor by a National. Currently 17% counted and Tony Crook has 54.56% of two-party vote. #ausvotes #
  • @mprimmer Some huge assumptions in that… in reply to mprimmer #
  • This is the Victorian Independents' Charter of demands presented to Bracks & Kennett in 1999. Not a bad model. http://auspol.info/cXDKzH #
  • @mprimmer It may well hinge on whether the Greens & Inds can work together as a caucus. Unlikely but you never know. in reply to mprimmer #
  • Julia Gillard is about to speak in Melbourne…. crowd chanting "Julia, Julia, Julia"… #ausvotes #
  • For some strange reason, Gillard is being applauded… http://australianpolitics.com/states/vic/99-ind-charter.shtml #
  • For some strange reason, Gillard is being applauded…. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: As Clinton once said, the people have spoken but it's going to take some time to work out what they've said. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Every vote must be counted.. there will be a number of independents in the House.. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard names the independents, says unclear whether Wilkie is elected… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Under caretaker conventions, I will remain PM until the outcome of the election is known. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard acknowledges Abbott… a formidable advocate… he's made of stern stuff… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: For Australians who kept the faith… this has been about a positive plan… fairness and decency for working Australians… #
  • Gillard trots out her campaign speech about work… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard talks of health policy and Medicare… we are an optimistic party, our best times are ahead of us… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: We have said to Australians don't be afraid of the future… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard acknowledges Karl Bitar… #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: To those of you who have kept the faith, there are anxious days ahead, the fight for our positive plan isn't over yet… #ausvotes #
  • @Gauky_1976 Not. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • Gillard concludes her speech… the first of the next campaign… #ausvotes #
  • Antony Green says ALP has definite 70 seats – Brisbane has come back to ALP… Lindsay & Corangamite take them to 72. 73-all possible. #
  • Minchin mentions the vote, ignoring the fact that the ALP has won the two-party vote. He also forgets the Tasmanian Governor. #ausvotes #
  • Sarah Hanson-Young: We've gone from 5 to 10 members of parliament. #ausvotes #
  • RT @Queen_UK: One knew Australian politics would not be the same post-Steve Irwin. #ausvotes #
  • And here's George Brandis, the so-called constitutional lawyer, spouting bullshit about the vote count being a factor for the G-G. Dumb. #
  • @Gauky_1976 Postals have 10 days to come in. Some seats will need that long. Week after next at the earliest. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • Stephen Smith gives sound advice – this will take a week to a fortnight to resolve. So many seats to decide. Full counts to take place. #
  • @Gauky_1976 Under amendments to the Act, pre-polls are being counted tonight but not postals. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • Disagree with @annabelcrabb about 75-75 meaning a new election. Minority govt can still occur – depends on passage of no-confidence. #
  • A govt can survive on 75-all, but obviously not desirable. There are dangers all round in a new election. ALP & Libs may bide their time. #
  • @annabelcrabb Not necessarily. Read the Tas Governor's statement from last March. Gillard gets first call. in reply to annabelcrabb #
  • @annabelcrabb Remember Tony Rundle survived in Tas in 1990s because no-one moved no-confidence. #
  • @annabelcrabb Using 1940 as a precedent, a change of government without an election is just as likely without an election. in reply to annabelcrabb #
  • @Drag0nista Indeed… Would be a great job for Tony Windsor. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • Anyone who thinks Abbott and the Libs are going to play this anything but hard is kidding themselves. But it all depends on final numbers. #
  • Liberal crowd chants, "Tony, Tony"… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This is a night for pride in our achievements and measured reflection on the magnitude of the task ahead… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This is not a time for premature congratulation… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I love you for your enthusiasm.. I feel humbled as I think of the responsibilities that could lie ahead… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott thanks Brian Loughnane and Alan Stockdale, Warren Truss, Julie Bishop, Joe Hockey… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott thanks candidates… refers to indigenous candidate who's won in WA… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott acknowledges Gillard and the crowd boos… Abbott says she's worked hard… says tonight has been a win for the people… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We must always respect the people's judgement… (muted applause!) #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: What is clear is that the Labor government has lost its majority…. (chants of "Tony, Tony, Tony") #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The government has lost its legitimacy… a govt which found it hard to govern effectively with a majority of 17… #
  • Abbott:… will never govern well in a majority… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott quotes raw primary figures in support of his claim to legitimacy. #ausvotes #
  • Like Gillard, Abbott reprises his election campaign stump speech… the next campaign is already under way. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: This election has been a referendum on the political execution of the former prime minister. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: On this remarkable night in our political history, I say the coalition is back in business. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: We stand ready to provide stable and competent government. I will be talking to the independents in the next few days. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott thanks the electors of Warringah for returning him to Parliament for the 7th time… #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Spare a thought tonight for those who do not feel so excited or exuberant… #ausvotes #
  • O'Brien interviewing Andrew Wilkie on ABC: Wilkie says he is "around about the centre", a new kind of candidate attractive to the public… #
  • @smurray38 I bluffed you out of it… in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 I do claim partial success at 3pm today: http://auspol.info/aQsHVq in reply to smurray38 #
  • A friend just told me the political situation we face is unique "and getting uniquer by the minute". #ausvotes #
  • @GrogsGamut It's fairly unique…! in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • BBC Radio 5 want to talk to me in the morning… they appear to spend a lot of time talking about sport: http://auspol.info/b79x77 #
  • @jimbiosis It reminded me of the time she was a little bit pregnant… in reply to jimbiosis #
  • @smurray38 It's strange that I sensed it everywhere I went over the past 5 weeks, even though Victoria has swung toward the ALP. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 Ted Baillieu is the only Liberal in the land who's not sleeping well tonight! in reply to smurray38 #
  • I heard Albrechtsen this afternoon say that if Qld voters were waiting with baseball bats, NSW voters had machine guns. Wrong way round. #
  • @smurray38 8-10% primary swings in Banks/Barton. Nothing compared to next March. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @rhysam You're being groomed. in reply to rhysam #
  • This election outcome is what Obama would call a "teachable moment". #ausvotes #
  • @samanthamaiden I know you laughed out loud… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @anthonybaxter Except you should never underestimate the ability of the NSW Libs to under-perform. in reply to anthonybaxter #
  • @janiekibble In moments of wild fantasy, it strikes me as a chance to teach people how the Westminster system really works. in reply to janiekibble #
  • @sspencer_63 Even Katter has his moments, don't you think? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @sspencer_63 Of course, the Libs are going to turn into an Australian version of Bush v. Gore. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @janiekibble I don't think there's anything to be despondent about in this outcome at all. It might be messy but it shakes things up. in reply to janiekibble #
  • @janiekibble Informals are 5.64%, up 1.52%. They were 5.18% in 2004. This is a highish figure but not that high. A minor protest at best. in reply to janiekibble #
  • @mpbowers *blush* – you shouldn't encourage us to piss in each other's pockets… in reply to mpbowers #
  • @janiekibble What electorate? in reply to janiekibble #
  • @janiekibble Sorry, NEw England… in reply to janiekibble #
  • @janiekibble In fact, New England informals are 3.60%, up 0.52%, so not significant and still below the national average. in reply to janiekibble #
  • RT @michellegrattan: I shouldn't have joked the other day about Bob Katter running the country. #
  • Sad admission: I actually went out to buy cassette tapes so I could record the @Colvinius coverage of the election for later listening. #
  • When I voted today, the polling clerk gave me my papers and I said: "You haven't followed the rules and asked me whether I've voted before." #
  • He looked at me, went red, and asked the question. I mustered all my best fake indignation and said, "of course not". I know it's sad. #
  • @janiekibble Your man Windsor is losing support as well. His majority has slumped 3.04% to a mere 71.37% in reply to janiekibble #
  • @andrew_hedge There's still something about radio coverage that television can't match. in reply to andrew_hedge #
  • Good story from 2007. Former colleague of mine has an Indonesian wife. She was very fond of Phil Barresi. Told he was falling behind..(cont) #
  • …(cont) she went out on election day and voted at several different booths. First my friend knew was when a letter from the AEC arrived… #
  • …(cont) She apparently pleaded unfamiliarity with English and they let her off with a warning. #
  • …(cont) Very Indonesian my colleague says. If someone is in trouble you do what has to be done to help them. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull got a 10.34% increase in his primary vote and 11.99% in his 2PP. "Marginal Wentworth" now safe Liberal with 15% margin. #
  • Senate quotas: Victoria looks like ALP 3, LNP 2, Greens 1 – but only 2 for ALP in Qld? – WA looks like Libs 3, ALP 2, Greens 1. #
  • What's the word on NSW Senate result? Presumably Rhiannon makes it on ALP preferences? #ausvotes #
  • Steve Fielding's Family First ticket in Victoria has 0.1882 of a quota. #ausvotes #
  • @Colvinius Well, I normally record on the computer but I was running the TV sound through it… needed an analogue option. in reply to Colvinius #
  • @Colvinius I once listened to tapes of one of your election night calls on a 6 hour car trip up the country…comparative analysis you know. in reply to Colvinius #
  • @G_Parker I always get excited when I feel an election coming on… in reply to G_Parker #
  • @WNBSprague It depends on how the numbers turn out and how negotiations go. A Green, Wilkie & 3 rural independents – who knows? in reply to WNBSprague #
  • @smurray38 Well, I am in situ… in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 The Melb Writers Festival starts next weekend… in reply to smurray38 #
  • @smurray38 Funny you say that – I didn't book any tickets at all, unlike previous years. Will just go to some of what's available. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @AidanDullard No, that's not how it works. Dissolution takes place on advice of PM. Not enough space here to go into it… in reply to AidanDullard #
  • No comment from La Trobe's Jason Wood "on orders from his media minder" – http://auspol.info/am6Jec #ausvotes – ALP victory 20 years coming #
  • I rearranged the ticket. Must put Family First last… #
  • Hmmm… my phone posted an 18-hour old tweet… #
  • Dennis Atkins makes the point more excitable types have overlooked: the independents won't want an early election. #Insiders #
  • Bitar on 9, Shorten on #Insiders – the men who masterminded this debacle are now taking charge of the hung Parliament negotiations. #
  • This is going to be an almighty campaign. Robb & Shorten practising their lines on #Insiders – pitching their lines to 5 or 6 voters. #
  • AEC website's latest figures show the 2-party-preferred figures as: ALP 50.69%, LNP 49.31% – an overall 2.01% swing against ALP. #ausvotes #
  • This is what's wrong with these non-insiders on #Insiders. Bolt suggests Rudd for Speaker. Pathetic analysis. #
  • Uhlmann on new dangers: people like independents until they start doing things. #Insiders #
  • If this lot on #Insiders were serious, they'd be talking about how the Inds will negotiate the formation of the new govt – what issues? #
  • Instead we're getting a discussion of the election that could have been shown on #Insiders last week. #
  • #Insiders panel seems to miss the point that this election is over – a new one has started, a new campaign is underway now. #
  • There's been no discussion on #Insiders so far about the possibility of Andrew Wilkie. And what about Tony Crook? #
  • @thewetmale It's not as if they're incapable of doing it but they don't seem to see what's happening. in reply to thewetmale #
  • @Pollytics They should have David Bartlett on to explain how you survive in these conditions. in reply to Pollytics #
  • Cassidy makes an intriguing point: Whitlam and Rudd-Gillard govts lasted less than 3 years. Hawke/Keating only post-war Labor govt to last. #

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