My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Q: Is this war being won? A: Good work is being done, progress is being made in training the Afghan forces. #
  • Q: What is the hard evidence of your claim? Gillard refers to the last statement made to the Parliament by Defence Minister Faulkner. #
  • Gillard: We are making progress with the task of training the Afghan national army – will be completed in a 2-4 year timetable. #
  • RT @GrogsGamut: a better question is what constitutes "winning". #
  • Gillard: The advice to me is we are making progress as the mission is defined – the anticipated time frames are 2-4 years. #
  • Gillard's press conference has concluded… #
  • Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is holding a press conference in Canberra… joins with Gillard in offering condolences for soldier's death. #
  • Abbott: This is not the time to waver in our support of the commitment to Afghanistan. #
  • Abbott: The coalition and the ALP both support this commitment but it wouldn't hurt to debate it in the Parliament. #
  • Abbott says he had a caretaker briefing from the chief of Defence forces yesterday. #
  • Abbott: No commitment is absolutely open-ended but this commitment to keep the world free from terrorism is an important one. #
  • Abbott: Many Australians have died as a result of terrorism – this is a very important struggle and it cannot be abandoned. #
  • Abbott re his argument some months ago for additional troops: circumstances have altered and the numbers now are appropriate. #
  • Abbott asked whether the wider war in Afghanistan is winnable. Says it's vital it has a stable govt – based on CDF advice, it is achievable. #
  • Abbott asked about public opinion opposed to Afghan commitment. Says a middle power cannot shirk its responsibilities. We have a duty. #
  • The three independents – Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter – are holding a press conference in Canberra. #
  • Oakeshott: We concur with the words of Gillard and Abbott this morning about the loss of the soldier in Afghanistan. #
  • Oakeshott: Counting is still underway – potentially none of this matters – but we are setting about developing a road map. We #
  • Oakeshott: We have called for information in 7 key areas… it is an astute exercise to gather information… #
  • Oakeshott: Key area is access to the Treasury Secretary and Finance Secretary – this is about the economy over the next 3 years. #
  • Oakeshott: There are 6 other areas but we will release them after we have met with Gillard and Abbott later today. Also meeting with Brown. #
  • Windsor: This is the first step not the last step. We need to know the bottom line based on the election promises in the campaign. #
  • Katter: We expect the costings to be provided by Tuesday next week. #
  • Oakeshott: We need to separate process from politics. We stand shoulder to shoulder on the process – committed to national interest. #
  • Oakeshott: We need to establish the implications of several commitments made during campaign. (Windsor mentioned broadband) #
  • Katter: I want a different paradigm for the people I represent. I got two suicide telephone calls this morning. #
  • Katter: We saw a PM axed by a party machine – we don't have that power – are only answerable to our electorate. #
  • Katter: You are watching democracy at work – you've been used to watching an 18th century party system at work. #
  • Windsor: When we get the information back we could all head in different directions. #
  • Windsor: If good-will isn't displayed there is a third option – I won't support either of them and there'll be another election. #
  • Oakeshott: We are prepared to come back here next Monday and stay until it's over. Where are the other 145? #
  • Windsor was asked about good faith – what indicates it? Windsor said "we'll pick it up over the next few days". #
  • Oakeshott reiterated that the independents were engaged in preparation work for negotiations – a call for information. #
  • Katter: A decision for the Parlt not to run for 3 years won't be ours. #
  • Katter: The people have spoken. This is no longer a Coles-Woolworths democracy. #
  • Oakeshott specifically mentioned Abbott's statement yesterday about being magnanimous – "we are being asked to do exactly that". #
  • Oakeshott: We are being asked to work in a consensus way – why aren't others prepared to do that? #
  • Christopher Pyne suggests an independent Speaker and allow Harry Jenkins to stay in the job. #WorldToday #
  • Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter and Adamn Bandt are appearing at the National Press Club in Canberra. #npc #
  • Windsor: No-one wants that. This is an opportunity to do things differently – a better relationships between House and Senate. #npc #
  • Windsor: We're trying to establish a different pathway where govt can be formed and govt can be progressive and proactive. #npc #
  • Windsor: Stablity of government over the next 3 years is the only aim. #npc #
  • Bob Katter: Within 14 years, Aust will be a net importer of food – have already become a net importer of pork, fruit & vegetables. #
  • Katter lists various figures on decline of primary production – 40-50,000 jobs carved out of rural Australia. #
  • Katter: A high school closes this year – perhaps next year you lose your dentist… this is what happens when you free trade & others don't. #
  • Katter attacks the Cole-Woolworths duopoly tying up the buying and selling of food. #npc #
  • Rob Oakeshott pays tribute to GetUp! for the High Court action – says more people were enfranchised in Hasluck than the vote difference now. #
  • Oakeshott: I want to talk about the return of the local member as the building block of our democracy. We act for good government. #npc #
  • @G_Parker Not my area of knowledge but I know it's true in some cases. Watch the ridicule he attracts for saying it. in reply to G_Parker #
  • Oakeshott talks of working with levels of government in his mid-coast Lyne electorate on a jobs strategy. #npc #
  • RT @David_Speers: One of the other 7 secret demands of independents is "more power to local members to represent their electorates". #
  • Adam Bandt: We do indeed live in interesting times – I never thought I'd find myself to the right of Bob Katter… #npc #
  • Bandt: Our aim is stable and progressive government that lasts for three years. #npc #
  • Bandt: A hung parliament opens the space for people to reconsider and change their minds in a spirit of good faith. #npc #
  • Bandt: Swing to Greens was double that of the swing to the coalition. Polling average 10% in rural Australia. #npc #
  • Bandt: We've outpolled the Democrats highest ever vote – my primary vote in Melbourne the highest ever. #npc #
  • Bandt: We want and end to discrimination against same-sex couples, more compassionate treatment of asylum seekers & a price on carbon. #npc #
  • Bandt: I'm proud to be a representative of these views on climate change – we are in the midst of a climate emergency. #npc #
  • Windsor says he wouldn't count Tony Crook (O'Connor) as a number for the Coalition. #npc #
  • Oakeshott: Any party that plays a game for their interest and not the national interest should not be supported. #
  • Katter: The government of Australia is not a toy for people to play with – this is for 3 years. #
  • Katter: The major political parties have treated us with contempt… the people will get a return on their vote this time round. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Mark Kenny asks Bandt whether he would consider formalising a coalition with Labor. Bandt says he would. #auswaits #
  • Oakeshott on a carbon price: The majority of scientists say there's a problem. We engaged Garnaut, an eminent economist… #
  • Oakeshott: When it got to the politicians, the whole thing went to mush. #
  • Oakeshott on carbon price: In the last Parliament we failed to deliver. #
  • Windsor: I didn't support the CPRS but I support the precautionary position. If the climate scientists are right and we do nothing… #
  • Windsor: It's self-evident that we have to make substantive changes to the way we live. #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Corangamite now major problem for ALP. Lead down to 572, and postals at 56% to Libs. #ausvotes #
  • Katter says taxi drivers told him no-one was talking about a carbon price during the CPRS debate… #
  • Katter talks of coal, iron ore and aluminium industries – it's all we have left. #
  • Bandt calls for the road map laid out by Ross Garnaut to be followed. #
  • Oakeshott: Option B is minority government plus, plus, plus. Option C is back to the people. Option A is a new approach to politics. #
  • As Oakeshott lays out the options, Julie Bishop looks on impassively. #
  • Windsor says the media is an important part of the process – don't support us but support some of the concepts. #
  • Oakeshott jokes about moving forward with real action… #
  • @DarrenFerrari Why have pre-polls not been counted? Supposed to be done on Saturday night. in reply to DarrenFerrari #
  • Katter says when he turned independent, no independent had ever been re-elected. Now they not only get re-elected, there are new members. #
  • Bandt: It is clear this is what the people want – they want a greater say for third parties and independents. #
  • @citizen_cam Yes, and Mack was actually elected as an independent – Katter left his party after several elections. in reply to citizen_cam #
  • Katter opposes MRRT. Windsor supports the concept of taxing profits rather than production. #
  • Coorey asks what these men would do in a party room – would they accept a majority view? Would anything get done? #
  • Oakeshott says debate should take place on the floor of the Parliament, not behind closed doors. #
  • ALP lead in Corangamite is down to 571; in Brisbane Lib lead is down to 490; in Hasluck Lib lead is 542. #ausvotes #
  • The contagion spreads to Victoria as Labor MP resigns 3 months out from the election: http://auspol.info/9EcERA #
  • @teenman Narrowing but many votes still to count. Worth watching. in reply to teenman #
  • Gillard: One item is for access to costings information – govt and opposition policies – I have requested advice from PM&C Secretary… #
  • Gillard: Advice from departmental secretary will be released to Abbott and the public. #
  • Gillard: I will seek to change the caretaker conventions to facilitate the independents' requests. #
  • Gillard: I have spoken to Tony Crook – he does not consider himself to be a member of the Truss Nationals – he will sit on crossbenches. #
  • Crook and I disagree on MRRT but he is also concerned about infrastructure and I am providing him with information about that. #
  • Gillard says she has also spoken today to Andrew Wilkie. #
  • Gillard: The costings would not normally be made available in caretaker period – hence need to change conventions. #
  • Gillard: One proposal raised was to have some wise elders in the public domain to advise them – they want Bruce Hawker to advise them… #
  • Gillard: Independents also want Abbott to provide someone sympathetic to their side to advise them. #
  • Bruce Hawker of Hawker-Britton is a Labor Party political and election strategist. #
  • Abbott will presumably recommend someone such as Graeme Morris or Arthur Sinodinos. #
  • Shanahan asks Gillard whether she has already breached the caretaker conventions by talking about her intention to change them… #
  • Gillard says this is "convoluted logic"… #
  • Gillard asked whether she is prepared to offer a commitment to a 3-year term. She says she is. #
  • Journalists are quizzing Gillard on the mechanics of costing election commitments and the content of incoming govt briefs. #
  • Gillard provided the Independents with a folder of what the govt has "achieved" in their electorates… #
  • These folders included details such as number and location of proposed trades training centres… #
  • Grattan queries Gillard on commitment to full term -is this unqualified? Gillard says yes but there are things you can't control, eg illness #
  • Gillard's press conference has concluded. #
  • Re the Liberal Party wise elders: I think Tony Eggleton should be given one last run around the track… #
  • A janitor's manifesto! #
  • RT @AndrewBartlett: First 1000 postal votes counted in Brisbane break over 56% to Bevis If that continues for remaining 5000+, he'll win. #
  • Full text of the Independents' letter to Gillard and Abbott: http://auspol.info/9ceUlS and Gillard's response: http://auspol.info/c9S0eO #
  • @alicam89 No idea but in a traditional Labor seat it is no surprise that the postals are breaking the way they are. in reply to alicam89 #
  • Malcolm Fraser on #730Report – a stable government requires a government which has the support of the Greens post-July. #
  • Bruce Hawker, wise elder, on #730Report, says he's had talks with Rob Oakeshott on governmental reform, including outside ministers… #
  • Hawker touts the Rann model of minority government where Cabinet ministers were given freedom to vote against the govt. #730Report #
  • Hawker talks of governance reforms and giving Parliament more power – eg private members bills, as occurred in NSW in 1990s. #730Report #
  • @mprimmer Yes, that's why Cheeseman's margin has been falling. But it looks as though he may narrowly hang on – but hard to call. in reply to mprimmer #
  • Hawker: There's a lot to be said for increasing the gene pool of any Cabinet. #730Report #
  • Is Hawker seriously proposing ministers who are not elected members of parliament? #730Report #
  • RT @sspencer_63: Just when you think it's all over. Hasluck drops below 50.5% & again become "too close to call". Lib lead still 706 though. #
  • I have to go to Hasluck, just so I can visit Gooseberry Hill… #
  • I got home tonight & ACA & TT were looking at people texting while they drive and showing pics of a scrawny model. Then I watched #730Report #
  • What a difference a public broadcaster makes. #
  • @sspencer_63 Bevis and Beddall (Rankin) were the only 2 Labor members to survive that night. in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • RT @smurray38: The paper delivered by Bruce Hawker on reforming Parlt/Cabinet that attracted Oakeshott's interest http://bit.ly/aEudRs (Pdf) #
  • @lapuntadelfin Certainly not – I can't imagine life without it. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • @PTeren It does – Hawker seemed to be suggesting some kind of advisory executive positions but sitting in Cabinet. #
  • RT @Captainsuburbia: Why Kodachrome is awesomely irreplaceable: EG Whitlam, Summer 1971. http://twitpic.com/2i0e4h #
  • William Saxbe, Attorney General under Richard Nixon, dies at 94: http://auspol.info/cOLHVC #
  • And some marvellous Saxbe-isms here: http://auspol.info/9DSbxr – "There'll be blood and hair on every stump." #
  • Bob Katter on Abbott not submitting policies for costing: What has he got to hide? #Lateline #
  • Katter: I can't understand Abbott's intransigence on this issue.. and if he's got something to hide… #
  • Katter: … it makes it harder for us to give him the gong. #Lateline #
  • Katter: We wouldn't be acting responsibly if we gave a blank cheque to Abbott or Gillard or anyone else… #Lateline #
  • "Taking back executive power for Parliament is high on the agenda for the Independents." #Lateline #
  • Xenophon: It is a blunder by Abbott and I'll bet it's also the view of Windsor and Oakeshott as well. #Lateline #
  • Why Australia's conservative hard-men set British Tory hearts a-flutter: http://auspol.info/bBR8ZO – The Economist's Bagehot #
  • Soap Opera Politics of Oz: http://auspol.info/ddPect – Germaine Greer says it's grim enough with Gillard but terrifying with Abbott. #
  • @Gauky_1976 Despite what they say, she gets it right more often than she gets it wrong. in reply to Gauky_1976 #
  • A Forgotten Fight For Suffrage: http://auspol.info/9djrW5 – a still shocking reminder of how hard won are democratic rights. #
  • All mine, my dear Watson: http://auspol.info/cIsb1q – Paul Keating says Don Watson "broke the contract" over the Redfern speech. #
  • Anyone for a dead-heat Victorian election? http://auspol.info/duLRCH – Paul Austin ponders the possibility of Greens victories in November. #
  • @Matt_Ros It also shows the voters surveyed had doubts about Abbott. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • Vote till you get it right, you bastards: http://auspol.info/cmikZr – Murdoch spruiker shows signs of panic. #
  • @smurray38 I'm with Keating too. The contrast with Freudenberg is instructive. in reply to smurray38 #
  • And the Tele's leader writer is frothing too: http://auspol.info/cjVM30 – tell it to Craig Ingram and Russell Savage (Vic, 1999). #
  • @Drag0nista What's wrong with you? It's a nonsense argument. Get a grip! in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @geeksrulz It's the self-importance of the unread. #
  • @Drag0nista No democracy in the ALP or the coalition joining forces with other representatives to reach a majority? in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @Drag0nista The "stability" thing (conservative code for "let us govern") worked pretty well in Victoria and South Australia. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @Drag0nista How shocking! Elected representatives who think about their electorates. And you've been railing against a broken system. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @Drag0nista "Balance" – and who decides? I thought it was the majority in Parliament. Or are there smart people who know better? in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @iamtheoracle Abbott can do what he wants, that's up to him. But politics is a numbers in the House game. Someone's going to win and lose. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle And who are you to patronisingly describe them as hicks? in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @sunlightandsnow Get your dartboard out… in reply to sunlightandsnow #
  • @iamtheoracle So you're the medicine man who can divine the wishes of the electorate? This is all nonsense. It's a numbers game to get to 76 in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Drag0nista You must be joking! Howard balanced the national interest with his pork barrelling and high income welfare payments? in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @iamtheoracle Not sure what "Katterdoll" means but why do you people feel the need to denigrate those who disagree with you? in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Drag0nista Wedging and pandering to fear and xenophobia had nothing to do with it of course… #
  • @Drag0nista All this Tory talk about "balance" and "national interest" is just a guise for holding onto power. And you know it. #
  • @iamtheoracle Now you've fallen for the fallacy in Katter's argument. There's no "paradigm" shift, just a shift in the numbers. #
  • @iamtheoracle Their "constitutional role" is to use their 1 vote out of 150 to shape a government. You seem to have a problem with that. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Drag0nista No, they all try it one way or another. I think it's called politics. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @Matt_Ros I don't agree with that either. You assume that there is only one "best for the nation" – in fact there's disagreement about it. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @Matt_Ros We're probably on the same page laughing at the Libs who can't accept a majority decision of the House of Reps. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @iamtheoracle They are about to pick a side and they're going to extract concessions from the side they pick. I've no problem with that. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Matt_Ros Sure but I've been arguing with people on here tonight who have a problem with elected MPs exercising their vote in the Parlt. Odd in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @Matt_Ros It is exactly what they did. And it's worked to a great extent because the ALP has cocked up their defence. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @Matt_Ros And if the Libs lose this contest, they will aim to paint the outcome as illegitimate – that's what they always do. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @iamtheoracle Well, seriously, I don't think they're patronising anyone. They're putting a very clear view of where they want to go… in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle … and Abbott and Gillard can accept it or reject it. I have no problem with that. It's politics. It's healthy. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Matt_Ros Well, it's your decision how to use Twitter. I'm on Twitter to mainly talk politics – that's all I do here. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @iamtheoracle It could also be seen as floating an idea, an ambit claim, planting a seed. That's okay. Accept it, reject it, whatever. #
  • @Matt_Ros Twitter is all about who you choose to follow. That's its beauty. It's infinitely flexible. Can be as open or closed as you like. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @Matt_Ros Helps to remember there are just as many people "lurking" here as participating. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @iamtheoracle As of tonight, I see it the other way. If ALP holds Corangamite and gains Brisbane, they have 73+Bandt+2 of inds or Wilkie. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @iamtheoracle In truth, no-one knows how it's going to turn out. I certainly don't. But I don't accept that either outcome is improper. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @smurray38 It's poor old Rob Mitchell I feel sorry for. He's just had a handsome win in McEwen but will never win it again. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @Matt_Ros How do you mean? Scary and embracing? in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • And how's this for an absurd editorial from an increasingly silly newspaper: http://auspol.info/dhJpKs #
  • @iamtheoracle Exactly – and if that happened Abbott would have 74 & 2 more would get him over the top. You won't find me saying that's wrong in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Matt_Ros #ausvotes is just a hashtag people use to enable others to search for tweets about the election. No-one runs it. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @iamtheoracle At least the process is teaching people something about how their Parliament works. It's a refreshing moment. in reply to iamtheoracle #
  • @Matt_Ros What's the website address? in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @Matt_Ros I wouldn't worry about it – nothing there, gets no traffic, poorly designed. in reply to Matt_Ros #
  • @s_bridges It's so silly it's a pity hardly anyone will ever read it! in reply to s_bridges #

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