My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Just followed @AUS_Hansard and their blog "Hansard as a Record in the 21st Century": http://auspol.info/91SFjA #
  • Forget the new election nonsense, the Hansard of May 9, 1901 shows you some of what's about to happen: http://auspol.info/a5V0mh (PDF) #
  • RT @latikambourke: Advice to JG. #auswaits http://tweetphoto.com/41585815 #
  • RT @latikambourke: Indies overreach says PMC. #ausvotes http://tweetphoto.com/41586175 #
  • RT @latikambourke: Oppn should be consulted and attend any briefings says PMC. #auswaits http://tweetphoto.com/41586492 #
  • RT @rhysam: Letter from independents. Note lack of room for Katter's signature. http://yfrog.com/mxyzrkj #
  • RT @EmmaJChalmers: Advice from PM's department says Gillard not bound to get Abbott's agreement to brief independents on budget. #
  • RT @EmmaJChalmers: However it says it would be 'desirable' for her to get Abbott's agreement. #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is holding a news conference in Parliament House, Canberra… #
  • Gillard: The independents sought access to govt and opposition costings… I sought advice from Sec of PM&C… #
  • Gillard: The matter is now resolved… Katter, Windsor & Oakeshott have a critical role in guaranteeing supply – appropriate to provide info #
  • Gillard: We are in an unusual situation… stable govt continues… the govt is happy to be transparent about its election costings… #
  • Gillard says she has met with Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie… discussions will continue next week. #
  • RT @latikambourke: 'no one has sought the release of the Incoming Govt Briefs.' #ausvotes http://tweetphoto.com/41588483 #
  • Gillard won't comment on suggestion about a Labor-Greens alliance. Says she won't comment in public on the discussions. #
  • Correction to earlier tweet: Gillard has met with Bob Brown and Adam Bandt, not Wilkie… #
  • Gillard says Abbott did not raise matter of police investigation into Treasury leak in his correspondence. #
  • Gillard on Fielding: In the past I've worked constructively with Fielding – he contributed to passing the Fair Work Act… #
  • Gillard says Tony Crook is an independent and should be treated as such. #
  • Gillard asked about a new election… says we've had an election, is incumbent now to provide a stable and effective government… #
  • Gillard: I don't seek access to Abbott's costing material whilst he is working with Treasury… but after the process every Aust should. #
  • Gillard: Australians are entitled to know what the govt's election policies cost and their impact on the budget bottom line… #
  • Gillard: The public does not know the Opposition's costings and they should… #
  • Gillard asked about nature of discussions with the Greens… says she won't discuss conversations but any agreement will be transparent. #
  • RT @latikambourke: Indies are free to release info from their briefings but that's a matter for them JG says. #auswaits #
  • RT @Tzarimas: Labor says up to 3,000 votes cast at a pre-polling booth in SA electorate of Boothby were tampered with on Saturday night. #
  • So, if I've got this right, Abbott has agreed to supply his election costings to Treasury… they will not go to PM or Treasurer… #
  • The independents will be briefed by Treasury. It is up to them as to what they reveal about those briefings. #
  • Gillard also says no-one has sought release of the red and blue book briefings for incoming governments – another furphy of recent days. #
  • RT @Tzarimas: ALP SA secretary Michael Brown says AEC has told him one of its employees handled Boothby ballot papers improperly. #auswaits #
  • There was a #spill in the Northern Territory yesterday and it didn't even make it onto Twitter… http://auspol.info/9n6oJm #
  • @coadline I was probably just being inattentive as usual… in reply to coadline #
  • Sky News is reporting that Governor-General Quentin Bryce has been cleared of conflict-of-interest allegations by the Solicitor-General. #
  • So that's another furphy knocked over this week. Keep this up and we'll be dangerously close to having a sensible conversation… #
  • @lapuntadelfin The hearse is waiting… thank you, Alan Ramsay! in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • Governor-General's letter to Solicitor-General http://auspol.info/9s64WN and the response: http://auspol.info/bOeUCs #
  • @sspencer_63 But I'm sure Sky must have ferreted it out before hand… in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @sspencer_63 All right, I'm joking! in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • Solicitor-General Stephen Gageler: "The marriage of her daughter to Mr Shorten gives rise to no constitutional or other legal impediment… #
  • … to the proper discharge of her functions of office." #
  • Gageler: "Where they exist, connections and relationships of that kind must be recognised as realities… #
  • … They fall to be managed as a matter of prudence, not of legal obligation or legal impediment." #
  • @iBleeter Yes, reads like a careful dig at all these morons who've been arguing the conflict of interest line recently. in reply to iBleeter #
  • RT @latikambourke: Oakeshott says two teams playing cricket and one sides not out on the field – accuses of TA of 24 hrs of game-playing. #
  • Oakeshott, a latter-day Bill Woodfull? #
  • @lapuntadelfin Correct… we should always be faithful to Ramsay. in reply to lapuntadelfin #
  • The left, the independents and "new politics" – pushing until the rivets pop: http://auspol.info/8ZVNTd – from @LarvatusProdeo #
  • When the hat doesn't fit: http://auspol.info/bVkyTQ – The Economist on Australia's election. #
  • Andrew Wilkie and Sen Nick Xenophon are holding a press conference… #
  • Wilkie: There will be a call for reform from me about poker machines when I meet with Gillard tomorrow… #
  • Wilkie: It's a duty of government to look after vulnerable people… both sides have been reluctant to deal with poker machines. #
  • Xenophon: Poker machines is an industry immune to reform and change – a unique and rare opportunity now to do something about it. #
  • Wilkie calls for a $1 bet limit and a maximum $120 loss per hour on poker machines. #
  • Wilkie says federal legislation can deal with poker machines – eg. Corporations Law can be used to regulate the industry. #
  • Wilkie says he's not a single issue politician – poker machines just one issue, is developing his list of issues and will finalise tonight. #
  • Wilkie talks of "equity" for Denison – says this is not pork barreling but a reaction to 23 years of neglect. (Thanks Duncan Kerr!) #
  • Wilkie says poker machine industry is acting lawfully – criticism should be directed to politicians who have failed to act. "Time to say no" #
  • Xenophon: This is a breath of fresh air – a chance for Fed Parlt to take a lead. #
  • Wilkie repeats his line about "stable, competent and ethical government". Says he may support neither side but instability is not an option #
  • Wilkie: I'm sure Gillard & Abbott realise all 4 independents will be vital – even the "spare" vote will matter. #
  • Wilkie says it is remarkable that there is no federal legislation to protect whistleblowers. #
  • @Pollytics That Treasury leaker is going to get away with it yet… in reply to Pollytics #
  • Thanks, Wilkie, now I'm getting spam from online gambling sites… #
  • Wilkie talks of importance of a stable, 3-year government. Says if he's going to stand anyone up he needs to do his research… #
  • @Matt_Kunkel I took it as "don't take any of us for granted". in reply to Matt_Kunkel #
  • Tony Abbott is holding a press conference in Sydney… #
  • Abbott: Only the coalition can break the culture of machine politics, reform the Parlt and look after regional Australia. #
  • Abbott: Any Labor govt will be a Labor-Green alliance and that's not good for regional Australia. #
  • Abbott: We have had a significant win on costings. We will brief Treasury before they brief the independents – no interference from govt. #
  • Abbott: The coalition has also had a win on incoming government briefs. #
  • Abbott: It is now agreed by the government that release of incoming government briefs will not take place. #
  • Abbott asked how realistic his chances are of persuading the 3 independents to support him… says they want an end to machine culture… #
  • Abbott says Tony Crook can't support the mining tax and therefore he can't support the Labor govt – therefore he's No.73. #
  • The Sky Streambox is breaking up badly… #
  • @julie_posetti War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. in reply to julie_posetti #
  • PM & C advice to Gillard and other documents from this week of the Independents: http://auspol.info/9XXiY7 (PDF) #
  • @caldron_baidu Fraser was referred to as the "caretaker PM" in Nov-Dec 1975 but it's never been used any other time to my knowledge. in reply to caldron_baidu #
  • @Drag0nista Don't be so sensitive. I follow and unfollow people all the time. Culling a hundred or so at present. Transferred you to a list. in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @Drag0nista Half the people I follow don't return the favour, including most of the political types. http://auspol.info/ddHIQu in reply to Drag0nista #
  • @ern_malleyscrub Now you've done it – people will think I'm whining about it! in reply to ern_malleyscrub #
  • Acrimony and Stress Behind the Scenes of the Gulf Oil Spill: http://auspol.info/9dMBV3 #
  • I hope Tony Crook is watching this joint attempt to woo him on #Lateline. #
  • Albanese says the voters thought the ALP could have done better on climate change. In his Grayndler electorate, 25% voted Greens. #
  • Compiling a list of defeated "oncers" in the last Parliament – have 7: Bennelong, Solomon, Bonner, Flynn, Forde, Leichhardt, Longman. More? #
  • "Oncers" defeated in preselection: Belinda Neal (Robertson). #
  • "Oncers" more or less voluntarily retiring: James Bidgood (Dawson) & Jodie Campbell (Bass). #
  • Laurie Oakes says repect is slipping for the "Three Amigos": http://auspol.info/dht8v0 – "the .. hung Parliament thing has become a circus" #
  • @DanielleCronin Ah, yes… thank you. in reply to DanielleCronin #
  • @DanielleCronin Exactly – lists need no justification! in reply to DanielleCronin #
  • @DanielleCronin Here's another one I thought of – with Tuckey gone and Ruddock still Father of the House, elected in 1973, who's next? in reply to DanielleCronin #
  • @BiteTheDust Yes, I agree but if this thing isn't settled by next Friday the atmosphere will change dramatically. Can't drag on longer. in reply to BiteTheDust #
  • @DanielleCronin I've got Crean, Melham and L Ferguson all from 1990 – I think Duncan Kerr was the last one from 1987. in reply to DanielleCronin #
  • @GhostWhoVotes Bingo! Thanks. in reply to GhostWhoVotes #
  • @GhostWhoVotes @DanielleCronin And Peter Slipper 1984-7 but back in 1993, deserves a kind of (Mad) Uncle of the House award. #
  • @smurray38 Yes, Harry Snr kicked on till 2004. in reply to smurray38 #
  • @DanielleCronin @smurray38 @GhostWhoVotes Based on her Senate term from 1987 & House from 1994, I'm making Bronnie Mother of the House. #
  • @smurray38 Do those 1 hour QT exclusions count? in reply to smurray38 #
  • @OldBankCygnet Yes, it would be ALP 74, LNP 73 Ind 3. in reply to OldBankCygnet #
  • Aggression pays in king hits on Labor: http://auspol.info/cayk79 – Shaun Carney looks at the problem the Greens pose for Labor. #
  • Existential angst for a rudderless ALP gang: http://auspol.info/cXiE14 – Martin Flanagan #
  • I do love Mike Carlton: http://auspol.info/b6KsKi #
  • Peter Hartcher claims to know what happened in the meeting between Abbott and the independents: http://auspol.info/cO67pq #
  • Nasty and deserved end for our wild Uncle Wilson: http://auspol.info/aWAUSv – Rick Feneley on Wilson Tuckey. Nice. #
  • Less a B-movie than an indie flick: http://auspol.info/9doQRo – Lenore Taylor on the riddle paralysing the nation. #

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