My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Apparently I'm one of "Gillard's biggest fans" and I "joined" her on the campaign trail http://auspol.info/9raJiX #ausvotes #
  • @tobiasziegler And that prick @GreenJ is refusing to pay the expenses tab I submitted to him… in reply to tobiasziegler #
  • @geeksrulz I've even enrolled in a hairdressing diploma at my local TAFE… in reply to geeksrulz #
  • Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is holding a press conference in Canberra. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: It will be some time before a government emerges- I will do everything I reasonably can that we emerge with a competent, stable govt #
  • Abbott talks of infighting in the ALP – Iemma, people critical of Rudd, etc. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says half a million more people voted for the coalition than voted for the ALP. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Only the coalition can offer a collegial approach to govt – it's in our DNA. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I'm prepared to exercise patience, forebearance and generosity of spirit in the coming days. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: The independents want stable and competent govt above all else and that's what I want to talk to them about. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I put parliamentary reform, including a PBO, on the table during the campaign. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: As Leader of the House, I changed the way MPIs worked in the House, introduced Members Statements into the Main Committee. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says it's "very radical" to contemplate people from the other side going into a ministry. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says a "kinder, gentler" polity is possible. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I proposed QT reforms – eg. time limits on answers – I've talked about an independent Speaker. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott asked where he would be prepared to give ground on policy with the independents. Abbott says he's talking the "spirit" he will bring. #
  • Abbott: I'm going to keep our commitments – one of these is to bring the budget to surplus in 2012-13. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: I called Adam Bandt, congratulated him on his voice mail – he's already indicated support for Labor, can't think why… #ausvotes #
  • Re Bandt, Abbott says the Coalition has a better climate change policy than the ALP. #ausvotes #
  • On Tony Crook, Abbott says most of his members are "independently minded" and free of Stalisinist control like in the ALP. #ausvotes #
  • Stalinist… #
  • Abbott asked who he will have with him in negotiations with the independents… he says it's best he do it on his own. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott: Adults and patriots are capable of giving us a satisfactory outcome. #ausvotes #
  • Speers asks Abbott about the marginal seat strategy of the Liberals in NSW. Says he is but is always looking to do better. #ausvotes #
  • RT @latikambourke: TAbbott says he's very magnanimous but giving a Labor MP a ministry in a coalition govt would be going a bit too far. #
  • Abbott asked about putting Windsor, Oakeshott or Katter in a ministry or the Speakership. Says he won't pre-empt discussions. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott says the regions deserve a better deal – 6 members of his shadow ministry from regional areas but none in ALP cabinet. #ausvotes #
  • Abbott's press conference has concluded. #ausvotes #
  • Nick Xenophon appearing now on Sky. Like Fielding, he's entering his last stage of balance of power influence. Should have run for the Reps #
  • Everyone wants to "deliver the best outcomes"… #
  • And this is the man who popularised the vision of a "kinder and gentler" nation: http://auspol.info/azzZgB #
  • @latikambourke I knew that elephant suit was a good disguise… in reply to latikambourke #
  • Steve Bracks says it's very appropriate that the party leaders conduct the negotiations with the independents – Truss should be there too. #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Seats now LNP 70, ALP 72, 4 independent, 1 green, and 3 in doubt. Libs leading in all 3 but with ALP closing. #
  • "You'll be listening to us, not dictating to us," Bob Katter angrily tells a journalist. #ausvotes #
  • Katter: Any govt that gets the gong deserves a bit of stability so they're not running off to an election all the time. #ausvotes #
  • @iBleeter Wilkie is 1375 ahead but there's no absent, pre-poll or postals shown yet. Not looking good for ALP. in reply to iBleeter #
  • Katter: "We've had it up to here with the media…you've given a run to every idea except ours." #ausvotes #
  • @sspencer_63 Official Lib HTV preferences Wilkie 2, Jackson 3 – are you saying they had a different order in postals?? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @julie_posetti http://auspol.info/aWHYUY http://auspol.info/coH1S0 in reply to julie_posetti #
  • @julie_posetti Then a postal was her best bet. in reply to julie_posetti #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Bevis roaring home in Brisbane. LNP lead slashed to 657 with Bevis getting 56% of pre-polls. Bevis now on 49.49%. #ausvotes #
  • Lindsay Tanner becomes Victoria University's Vice-Chancellor's Fellow: http://auspol.info/96aJoc (@australian) #
  • @sspencer_63 Which Friday? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • "Can't we just all get along – a nicer brand of politics"… #
  • Voting is still not over for provisional voters: http://auspol.info/cjjxpC – proof of identity deadline is Friday 27/8. #ausvotes #
  • @06eleven It's 72-all at the moment. Denison would give ALP 73. Hasluck would give LNP 73. Looks like 73-72 either way or 73-73. in reply to 06eleven #
  • @06eleven … providing postals don't change the result in other seats… in reply to 06eleven #
  • @mprimmer I was quoting @Colvinius from PM: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ – like me, I suspect he was laughing inwardly… in reply to mprimmer #
  • @06eleven It's a nail-biting moment for partisans all round. But we know the essence of the result. The negotiations are the main game now. in reply to 06eleven #
  • Irregardless…. *scream* …. #
  • @iBleeter And it was a Greens MP who said it…! in reply to iBleeter #
  • @teenman Anyone ahead today is in good shape. The Libs are winning the pre-polls and postals counted so far. Unlikely to change now. in reply to teenman #
  • @teenman That page shows ballots issued but not necessarily returned – use this page instead: http://auspol.info/dwKuaQ in reply to teenman #
  • @Colvinius It was his speech following Greg Wilton's suicide in 2001. in reply to Colvinius #
  • @Colvinius Sorry, 2000, not 2001 … in reply to Colvinius #
  • Tony Abbott's comments on a "kinder, gentler" approach to parliamentary behaviour, p34 http://auspol.info/9OztqE (Hansard PDF) #
  • Abbott: "Of course , there is a place for judgment, and sometimes there is a place for furious denunciation, but I think Australians (1/2) #
  • Abbott: …would be better off without the feral quality which so often contaminates our public lives." (2/2) #
  • Mark Latham's speech in that condolence debate is also worth a read: http://auspol.info/9OztqE (p18, Hansard PDF) #
  • Latham on Wilton as loner: "From time to time, why wouldn't you be in this place? It can be a cold place, built on ambition and authority." #
  • Liberals polling 57% of postal votes in Corangamite: http://auspol.info/aykIDs – Labor lead down to 637 (via @sspencer_63) #ausvotes #
  • @Colvinius Careful, I'll be gushing next. http://auspol.info/9raJiX in reply to Colvinius #
  • Listening to Oakeshott on #730Report – perhaps we should adopt the Albert Dunstan model in reverse: http://auspol.info/a7KdM2 #ausvotes #
  • Now there's a thought… a double dissolution election next April/May and the Senators elected last Saturday never even take their places! #
  • @teenman True! in reply to teenman #
  • @brisvegas1 Very likely, unless in a new election the nation was polarised and voted for the big two in greater number. in reply to brisvegas1 #
  • @iamtheoracle No, no! We were just musing on a double dissolution of the existing Senate prior to the just-elected ones taking their seats. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle Musing and amusing! It's theoretically possible but raises some interesting constitutional questions. Won't happen. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle Mind you, an Abbott minority govt, facing a Greens controlled Senate next July might just be tempted by the possibility. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • It's August 24. Two months ago tonight, Twitter was ablaze with news of the move to dump Kevin Rudd. Tonight: http://twitpic.com/2hpt1j #
  • Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett is speaking about minority government on #Lateline. "There is nothing to be afraid of here." #
  • Bartlett: We invited two Green members into the Cabinet and created protocols to handle it. Negotiated outcomes prevailed until Monday… #
  • Bartlett:… under the protocol, the Parliament will make decisions that we can't agree on – in an atmosphere of mutual respect. #
  • Bartlett: Abbott will be as divisive as he possibly can be – a new politics is taking place in Tasmania… #
  • Bartlett: People want their politicians to work together… there is nothing to fear from minority governments. #
  • Bartlett: Julia Gillard is in the very best position, the best skills and the best traits to ensure negotiated outcomes. #Lateline #
  • Bartlett: We've had 30 years of elections in Tasmania based on fear – we're setting out to ensure no credible party can do that again. #
  • Former NSW Liberal leader John Brogden is speaking on #Lateline. Brogden served in Parliament with Windsor and Oakeshott. #
  • Brogden: The independents have a greater responsibility than anyone else to make this hung Parliament work. They want a full 3-yr term. #
  • Brodgen: Oakeshott is more progressive, has a more urban electorate than Windsor and Katter. All of them have long political experience. #
  • Brogden: Nothing is guaranteed anymore – the PM or the Public Service no longer all-powerful. The game has changed – not just in the Senate. #
  • Brogden: This election was probably not one election but 6 state and 2 territory elections. WA swing pulled up short. Qld swung strongly… #
  • Brogden:… Parts of Sydney swung strongly against the ALP but the Central Coast swung towards the ALP. #Lateline #
  • Brogden: Nothing in the election followed traditional orthodoxy… there was plenty of policy difference… #Lateline #
  • Brogden: The media were unhelpful in covering the election – Abbott stepping down from the stage at Rooty Hill dominated coverage for days. #
  • Brogden: I look back at politics and wonder 'why does it have to be like that?' … Traditions don't hold sway anymore… #Lateline #
  • Brogden says he is still a member of the Liberal Party but is enjoying the business world – jokes there is no politics in business. #
  • @mprimmer No, it can only be the House. Next half-Senate election cannot take place until after July 1, 2013. (Unless there's a double diss) in reply to mprimmer #
  • @JasonNg88 You mean Belinda Neal – the new member is Deborah O'Neill – all those Neals/Neills have got you addled! in reply to JasonNg88 #
  • @mprimmer Yes, from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2014 – barring a double dissolution in that time which takes out the whole Senate. in reply to mprimmer #
  • @mprimmer Indeed! in reply to mprimmer #
  • @Colvinius He was looking at Warren Truss and the wind changed… in reply to Colvinius #
  • A case of mental courage: http://auspol.info/bMyvzi -the always interesting David Brooks on the "metacognition deficit". Applies here too. #
  • @JasonNg88 Now you're getting them confused with Julie Bishop…. in reply to JasonNg88 #
  • @Alicevillella He's another example of someone needlessly hounded from public office. in reply to Alicevillella #
  • RT @barryofarrell: ABC702 just reported NSW Newspoll with LibNat/ALP 2PP of 61:39 & ALP primary vote at 24%. Details in The Oz. #
  • NSW Newspoll: LNP 61, ALP 39 – Primaries ALP 25, LNP 46, Greens 14, Others 15 http://auspol.info/c8vIht #
  • Revolution of the thinking voter turns politics green: http://auspol.info/9WvWft – Ross Gittins on the election and climate change policy. #
  • A perfectly timed punch: http://auspol.info/agu3GH – Shaun Carney discerns a cycle in the fate of the Gillard government. #

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