My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Voter turnout in the US midterms estimated to be 41.5%, around 90 million voters. Highest midterm since 1982. http://auspol.info/cAO7UR #
  • Turnout was highest in Maine (56%), lowest in Texas (32.5%) and DC (29.7%). Turnout in 2008 presidential election was 61.6%. #
  • @ern_malleyscrub And what would it be here if we didn't make it compulsory? #
  • Essential Report Victorian election poll: ALP/LNP 50-50 2PP, a 2.3% swing against ALP. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • Essential Report Victorian election poll: Primaries ALP 38 (down 5.1% on 2006 election), LNP 44 (+4.4), Greens 12 (+2), Others 6 (1.3) #
  • Essential Report NSW election poll: LNP 58, ALP 42. Primaries: ALP 29, LNP 50, Greens 11, Others 10. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • Essential Report Qld election poll: LNP 59, ALP 41. Primaries: ALP 29, LNP 50, Greens 9, Others 12. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • Murray Murmurings – Postcard from Mildura: http://auspol.info/c2qPYa – a piece from ACF's Simon O'Connor that rings true. #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Morgan Poll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 54 LNP 46 http://bit.ly/bOQOLu #auspol #
  • @GrogsGamut Pardon? #
  • First an interview with @arusbridger of The Guardian, now Don Watson. Where would we be without #PM #
  • @GrogsGamut In the immortal words of Billie Snedden in Question Time, "woof, woof". #
  • The BBC understands the perils of high-definition television: http://auspol.info/a0jsNz #
  • @Antipaganda Newspoll published Oct 26 was LNP 52, ALP 48. Slightly different… #
  • Should I admit to having a copy of "Restoring Democracy"…? #vicvotes #
  • Gordon Brown is more interesting… RT @leachitup: Streaming a bit of the Vic Election debate from Glasgow #nerd #vicvotes #JBvted #
  • Baillieu: This may be the only hour of television Brumby appears in that doesn't have a government ad in it. #vicvotes #
  • Will both of you give a commitment to reforming to rules in Parlt to ensure that ministers answer questions? #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says the Standing Orders should be changed – doesn't say how.Brumby says under Kennett there were only 3 questions a day. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby proposes a lectern in the middle of the chamber for answering questions instead of the adversarial style at present. #vicvotes #
  • McMahon asks for ministerial advisers to be answerable to parliamentary committees. Brumby rightly points out how absurd that is. #vicvotes #
  • It's halfway through this "debate" and we haven't yet had a single question about health, transport, education, water, etc. #vicvotes #
  • Gay adoption? No, says Baillieu. Refer to Law Reform Commission, says Brumby. #vicvotes #
  • A question on child protection… Brumby talks funding numbers… Baillieu says 1300 children still without a case worker. #vicvotes #
  • Laura Norder arrives, courtesy of the Herald-Sun reporter…. #vicvotes #
  • More police, tougher sentencing, more police, tougher sentencing… this is Ted Baillieu, so-called small-l Liberal. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: 2000 more police today than a decade ago. Baillieu: Where are they? #vicvotes #
  • RT @katkat_kat_b: All that violence and police & still no support for our live #music scene #vicvotes #SLAM #melbourne #
  • Ban smoking in public places? Baillieu yes, if recommended by VicHealth. Brumby, we have no plans for that. #vicvotes #
  • Water. Is it true there was a recommendation against the desal plant? Brumby: we still need to secure water for the next 10 years & beyond. #
  • Austin tells Baillieu he's confused. Do you support desal or not? Does Wonthaggi stay? Baillieu says contracts will be honoured. #vicvotes #
  • 45 minutes down and Henderson says "let's move it along" and have a question on the economy… #vicvotes #
  • Herald-Sun question on govt "addiction to revenue raising" through traffic fines… Brumby talks of road toll under 300/yr. #vicvotes #
  • Austin quotes Alan Stockdale who says the Vic economy is as bad now as when Kennett took over from Kirner… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says the debt is increasing. How will you bring it down, he's asked. First, by not letting it go up, he responds. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: The budget is comfortably in surplus… debt is lower now than in 1999… Baillieu wants to cut spending on schools, hospitals, etc. #
  • Brumby wants to know how Baillieu will pay for $7.5 billion of promises. Baillieu disputes the figure. #vicvotes #
  • A $1 limit on poker machine bets? Brumby, pre-commitment but no mandatory limits. Baillieu, should examine it. #vicvotes #
  • Summing up time… Baillieu talks of machetes in the streets of Bentleigh… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu talks of a change for the better… I'm an architect, I see problems and I want to fix them… #
  • Brumby: This is about who will keep the jobs coming… who can bring stability… know that we will invest in education… #
  • Brumby talks of tackling climate change… we will be a govt for all Victorians… I know we can do better in some areas… #vicvotes #
  • RT @LeslieCannold: Bizarre. Education, public transport and health were NOT covered in the leaders debate. #vicvotes #
  • So, 30 minutes of reporters bitching about the things that make their job harder and the rest on a handful of minor issues. #vicvotes #
  • @LeslieCannold I know what you mean but looking for something like that from Baillieu is a triumph of hope over experience. #
  • @LeslieCannold You must be getting those appalling letters and leaflets from the Libs emblazoned with guns and knives? They never change. #
  • An interesting observation from Feyi Akindoyeni on Capital Hill tonight about "the law of groups" as it might apply to the Greens… #
  • …a group forms at 5, is perfect at 7 and splits at 9. The Greens will have 9 senators from next July. #
  • @cjjosh Yes, indeed. Although I think the theory falls down when applied to the DLP! #
  • @timhollo In that case, you'll definitely split at some point and probably undergo a name change as well! #
  • "They'll attack my wife … steal my car … and be off to Perth to blend in with their own kind" … #Lateline #
  • @paulsnedden Um, yes, a reference to that moment in Feb 1975. Really your uncle? #
  • "You interrupted me, you interrupted me, you actually interrupted me first." #Lateline #
  • I've posted the complete audio of tonight's Victorian election debate between John Brumby and Ted Baillieu: http://auspol.info/97Po8v #
  • @Pollytics Well… it had its moments but was mostly pretty awful. Try the first 10 minutes as they argue over Green preferences. #
  • @Pollytics Brumby proposed a lectern in the middle of the chamber for ministers to answer questions in a less adversarial manner… #
  • @Pollytics Baillieu said violent crims with machetes are running around Bentleigh so I'm afraid to leave the house now… #
  • @thewetmale Amateurs! Don't you know it's never too late to do something?! #
  • @auslatteparty I'm sure it is in NSW but not in Vic. Very little talk about it here, as far as I can tell, for what it's worth. #
  • Prime Minister's crisis of authority: http://auspol.info/aWXD49 – Paul Kelly says Labor looks weak, unconvincing & hostage to many dilemmas. #
  • Green gain from Labor pain: http://auspol.info/aOCD7S – Peter Hartcher on the importance of political clarity, Arbib, bastards & the Greens #

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