My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is speaking at the National Press Club, in Canberra… #ausvotes #npc #
  • Gillard: I speak here at an historic change…time… in our political life. #ausvotes #npc #
  • Gillard: If we are to have stablity, politics has to change. #ausvotes #npc #
  • Gillard: Aust's new political landscape requires a govt that can find new ways to develop policy, consensus and parliamentary support. #
  • Gillard disagrees about a new election: the people have spoken . We have to make it work. #ausvotes #npc #
  • Gillard: The new govt could simply horse-trade and arm-twist but this wouldn't produce stable and effective govt. #ausvotes #npc #
  • Gillard: We need certainty, continuity and stability. I believe we can provide that. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: Leadership requires boldness and patience… we did not explain things properly… some parts of our program did not work. #
  • Gillard: We will also have to renew and rebuild the system that holds the executive accountable. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard itemises political, parliamentary & electoral reforms initiated in the previous term. Says it's not opportunism to support more now #
  • Gillard admits parliamentary reform was not a priority in the first term: "but it is now." #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: The new Parliament will also have a focus on regional Australia – we don't have to scramble for a focus because we never lost it. #
  • Gillard: $22bn of $37bn investment in infrastructure is going to regional areas. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: Broadband, health and education reforms we have proposed will benefit the regions. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: In my discussion with the independents I am convinced we can build on this and build a new paradigm. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard talks of "new ideas and new approaches" – Labor has a "long and proud record" – eg one-vote-one-value laws, extending the franchise. #
  • Gillard: I want to renovate the Labor Party's record in these areas. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard concludes her speech… first question is from Matthew Franklin (The Aust) – asks for a post-mortem, you lost 16 seats… #
  • Gillard: When we look back on those years we can learn some lessons… about having a deep conversation with Australians. #ausvotes #
  • Question from Mark Riley (Ch 7) – coalition has higher primary vote, more seats, doesn't Abbott have a more legitimate claim? #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: Assumptions in your question…not sure the coalition is the coalition anymore.. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard points out the AEC 2PP only covers 142 of 150 seats … quotes Antony Green's analysis: http://auspol.info/chQNUU #ausvotes #
  • Quest from Coorey (SMH): Will spirit of cooperation apply if you end up in Opposition? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard engaging now in mathematics of the Libs, LNP, LNP Qld, ind NP, etc – "that way madness lies" #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Hudson (Herald-Sun) refers to an old ALP paper on parliamentary reform. Are you serious? Will you shut down life gold pass system? #
  • Gillard: Albanese made "valiant efforts" on reform, inclusing extending private members legislation… more needs to be done. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: On gold pass, better this be handled by independent body… refers to her predecessor Barry Jones's work in science area… #
  • Gillard defends the use of parliamentary travel entitlements for former members in "genuine demand" in the community. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Q. from Simkin (ABC) – what have you offered the independents? Gillard says she has provided a reform agenda to the Inds on Quest Time etc. #
  • Question from Tingle (AFR) – can you clarify whether promises to Inds will be budget neutral? Gillard says "yes". #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Quest from Dunlevy (Tele) on transparency: you're still negotiating behind closed doors – neither you nor Abbott has been frank on vote loss #
  • Gillard: Our proposals are transparent… but exchanges also need to be enabled… our agreements will be transparent. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Bongiorno (Ch10) asks about the mechanics of a new election. Gillard says her focus is on forming stable and effective government. #
  • Grattan (The Age) – what's the difference between the old and new paradigms if we're only to find out what's been agreed. #
  • Gillard: An independent Speaker would be a good idea… a Senate estimates style of information gathering for regional Aust would be good… #
  • Gillard talks of improvements to Question Time and parliamentary committes – won't disclose what's in the paper she presented to Inds. #
  • Kenny (Advertiser) – also on transparency, will you stay as Labor leader if you go into Opposition? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: My focus here is on the days ahead… excuse me if that's what I answer on… #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Azzopardi (Ch9): How is this affecting you personally? How will Aust history look on you? #
  • Gillard: It's not about the history books, it's about the things I'm passionate about and believe in… #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Probyn (West Aust): If the outcome isn't clear, it is clear that it's the death of focus groups – what will you do to lift this dead hand? #
  • Gillard: Do you really think Abbott read every conservative thinker on the globe and came out with "stop the boats"? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: every political party uses focus groups, as every newspaper uses opinion polls as reports on them as matters of significance. #
  • Gillard: The vice is whether you use focus groups to compile your election manifesto… I developed policies on work and education… #
  • Gillard: …but I would like some accurate accounting of the use of focus groups but be judged on the manifesto. #
  • Balogh (Courier-Mail) asks about discussions with and future role for Rudd. Gillard says she will not engage in "rolling commentary". #
  • Gillard: I'm not outlining a ministry – I'm focussed on stable and effective government. What role would Turnbull have in coalition govt? #
  • Middleton (SBS) asks for definition of stability – is it just Supply and Confidence? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: Definitely looking for assurances on Supply and confidence but also on legislative proposals. #
  • RT @smurray38: SBS Insight just announced that Oakeshott, Katter and Windsor have withdrawn from tonight's program #npc #ausvotes #
  • Cronin (Can Times) asks about long-winded answers in Question Time – how will this be different? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard talks of time limits for questions and answers, supplementary questions, etc in Question Time. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gilbert (Sky) asks about the "clout" of the independents. When does "accommodating become sycophantic?" #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: Each of them have made it clear the national interest weighs on their minds. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Jessica Wright (Sun-Herald) asks about Katter, the "staunch protectionist". Is a return to a tariff wall on the cards? #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard: You're talking to the leader of the political party which went to hell and back on the issue of modernising the economy. #ausvotes #
  • Gillard: You wouldn't have the modern, resilient economy we have if the Labor Party hadn't built it. #ausvotes #auswaits #
  • Gillard's National Press Club appearance has concluded… #
  • @leetranlam @melanie_james @MStrudwicke Thanks for that. #
  • Interesting item on Bob Katter and the Kennedy electorate on #730Report. A century on, it's still Free Traders versus Protectionists. #
  • NSW Independents from 1991 stress that they sought nothing for their electorates in negotiations with Greiner. Wilkie talks of "fair share". #
  • Lavarch correctly points out that a minority government will depend on the party discipline of ALP/Coalition. #Insight #
  • You can't help thinking the misty-eyed new paradigm people who see an emerging parliamentary nirvana don't really get it at all. #Insight #
  • It's 13 years today since a famous car crash in Paris: http://youtu.be/qNsdvhh8_X0 #
  • @downesy I woke to the news on "Sunday" – way back in those days when Channel 9 took news and current affairs seriously. in reply to downesy #
  • "I" this, "I" that, "the things I've achieved", "I stand ready"… http://twitpic.com/2jx3j6 #
  • Restoring Honour: http://auspol.info/aHfzaK – video interviews with people attending the Glenn Beck rally in Washington DC. (Crikey) #

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