My Latest Twitter Updates

  • A somewhat incredulous tone in the opening sentence in this Herald-Sun piece: http://auspol.info/d6Mlc3 #
  • Bruce Hawker hovering around marginal seats in Victorian election: http://auspol.info/cWp8oi #
  • Lib Party Director Brian Loughnane is about to address the Press Club on the 2010 election. In 2007 he said this: http://auspol.info/bU3eSa #
  • Loughane: Reasons for the election result are complex… the campaign was an important influence but far from the only one. #auspol #
  • Loughnane: Expectations of the Labor govt mattered – hesitations about Labor emerged after their first budget in 2008. #auspol #
  • Loughnane: The failure of the 2008 budget – voters underwhelmed – marked the start of their decline. Gippsland by-election showed this. #
  • Loughnane: By end of campaign, Abbott drew level in favourability with Gillard … but economic considerations were paramount in the end. #
  • Loughnane: Our positive Action Contract advertisement showed up in our research as the most effective ad we ran. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: There were 10 days in first half of election did not advertise at all but the unions were on air attacking Abbott. #auspol #
  • Loughnane: Labor's candidates were a negative or neutral effect on their vote. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: We held to our strategy and won the campaign on concerns about debt, taxes, boats, etc. Labor had no positive agenda. #auspol #
  • RT @bennpackham: Loughnane: "our positive campaign" (did I cover a different election?) #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: Ulitimately, the task of winning after one term was insurmountable. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: Govt will not fall into our hands… we are reviewing our policies… #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane attacks government over campaign finance reform… Libs cannot support plans which don't cover unions. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: I call on them today to disclose all their funding in the lead-up to the campaign. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane calls for a Debates Commission which facilitates rather than prescribes events… flexibility needed. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane on the current political environment: Concerns in community, Gillard not coping, Australia drifting. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: Political survival drives the actions of the govt… decisions deferred… Gillard no economic reformer… #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: Gillard is running the most economically incompetent government in living memory. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane refers to story about a "senior minister misbehaving" – early leadership positioning? #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: Little wonder Gillard is trying to lower expectations of her performance… Aust cannot afford another 3 years of weak govt. #npc #
  • Loughnane: Gillard avoids fronting the media when there is bad news… senior public servants now required to handle bad news. #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: After 2 months the contrast could not be clearer – a weak govt, an Opposition with strong policies, leadership & direction. #npc #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: This speech by Brian Loughnane is not really a campaign review. It's a campaign speech #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: I think we're starting to see why neither side won the election. #npc #
  • Lenore Taylor asks about balance of good policy with good politics & whether Michael Yablsey has ever been paid. How much did miners donate? #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Here's some of that great Liberal advertising Loughnane was talking about http://youtu.be/ZRljigv0KK8 #
  • @Whiskers1000 In Australia it's National Press Club… #
  • A question from @murpharoo about the slow start to the campaign by the Liberal machine. Given lack of unanimous support, how long for you? #
  • Loughnane: Campaign HQ moved to Melbourne in first few days like it always does…first days were important, WorkChoices scare went nowhere. #
  • Loughnane claims Labor's campaign strategy weakened in the first week by failure of WorkChoices scare. Dead, buried, cremated? #auspol #
  • Loughnane: We're in a very tight situation, could be election at any time. I hope to take a part. #auspol #npc #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: "I feel for Karl," (Bitar) says Brian Loughnane. Must be the first time the vanquished has said that of the victor. #
  • Question from @samanthamaiden – did your wife tell you she was going to vote Green… seriously, what's up with you and Yabsley? #auspol #
  • Loughnane flustered by @samanthamaiden naming his 3 possible successors as Federal Director. A depth of experience available, he says. #
  • ABC's Heather Ewart – how can you say you're ready to win the next election when Yabsley says you're not? #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane: In my time we have not run an overdraft, we have reserves, unlike the ALP. Yabsley has put a proposal to the party. #auspol #
  • Loughnane: Very deep concerns under Rudd continued under Rudd and continue now. #auspol #npc #
  • Steve Lewis from New Ltd asks about Lib Party fundraising – some members claim lack of transparency. Does Abbott have full access to books? #
  • Lewis: Has Yabsley sought a half million a year retainer? Is that the problem? #auspol #npc #
  • Loughnane says internal arrangements for funding are unchanged but the election laws are changing and that's the real issue for future. #npc #
  • Lewis says Loughnane is papering over transparency question.. Loughnane says there's been no change… can't comment on Yabsley's retainer. #
  • Mid-question, the ABC rolls credits… #auspol #npc #
  • @theburgerman When's your replay? #
  • @theburgerman Where? Multiview, APAC? #
  • Transcript and audio of Brian Loughnane's address to the National Press Club on the 2010 election is here: http://auspol.info/cwClkm #
  • @pjlogue What's the topic? #
  • An amusing video with Bob Woodward & Ben Bradlee, promoting the Washington Post's iPad app: http://youtu.be/KCUFxFoaloE #
  • Logged into the Crikey webinar with Fraser, Gallop, Black and Keane… they're running late… #
  • Here we go… #
  • The webinar is on #crikeylive hashtag… #
  • @AOCarr I'm trying to solve the problem of Windows 7 and recording live streams like this – Microsoft has killed the sound mixer. #
  • @pjlogue It's very clear here – had to close the software and re-run it to get started but crystal clear now. #
  • Malcolm Fraser: Very poor, narrow, inwards-looking campaigns left people disenchanted. Not a victory for Libs. #crikeylive #
  • Fraser: May have been a victory for a Greens but really a protest victory. #crikeylive #
  • Gallop: The course of this parlt will determine whether 2010 was a transformational event – will minority govt be entrenched? #crikeylive #
  • Fraser: Rudd had everyone on his side then gave appearance of running away from everything that was important. #crikeylive #
  • Gallop: Many people involved in politics now are good at the game but don't have confidence in their convictions. #crikeylive #
  • Gallop: The belief in democracy, equality, liberty has been lost by politicians who fear losing electoral support. #crikeylive #
  • Fraser describes Joe Hockey on the banks as "right wing populism". #crikeylive #
  • @AOCarr @pjlogue They heard you! We could have started stealing the list… #
  • How do you make this control panel window stay open? Mine keeps minimising. #crikeylive #
  • @joshmadgwick Thanks…. can't read! #
  • Gallop talks of how people are socialised into politics now – once politics was a second career, not a first. #crikeylive #
  • @SmartCompany PC, IE for this. Working fine. #
  • Fraser @crazyjane13 Go to View and deselect 'Auto-hide the Control Panel'. #
  • @crazyjane13 oops… ignore the Fraser bit! #
  • Fraser proposes plebiscite of party members for all party officers. Hehe… #crikeylive #
  • Fraser proposes 100% public funding of elections, provided leniency for new parties and ban all donations. #crikeylive #
  • Fraser also proposes banning all corporate advertising 6 months before an election. #crikeylive #
  • Fraser: Politicians need to be isolated from donors and I don't know any other way than 100% public funding. #crikeylive #
  • Crikey webinar asks "does proportional representation offer a solution?" and shows a slide of Barnaby Joyce & Bill Heffernan! #crikeylive #
  • It deserves to be preserved… http://twitpic.com/35hpss #crikeylive #
  • Then a slide asks "what is to be done?" and shows Steve Fielding sitting alone in the Senate. #crikeylive #
  • Gallop deplores the lack of statements articulating a vision during the campaign – compares with Whitlam in 60s. #crikeylive #
  • Someone is enjoying themselves with these slides… http://twitpic.com/35hr64 #crikeylive #
  • Fraser lauds John McEwen for negotiating Japan trade treaty in the 1950s, 10 years after WW2. Who would do that now? #crikeylive #
  • Dare we remind Fraser of the Razor Gang in his government? #MaintainYourRage #crikeylive #
  • Gallop offers "managerialism plus passion" as an unbeatable political position… #crikeylive #
  • @Surlysimon I think of him every time I drive down Stumpy Gully Road… #
  • Informal voting… http://twitpic.com/35ht7z #crikeylive #
  • Did Fraser suggest journalists might be annoyed because they didn't know about the Rudd coup in advance? Tut tut. #crikeylive #
  • Keane suggests "sheer disgust" drove the informal vote up, not Latham who just traded on a prevailing mood/sentiment. #crikeylive #
  • Fraser suggests a lack of corporate memory in the media hinders its ability to question politicians. #crikeylive #
  • Gallop & Fraser agree that the political attacks on the army brigadier over the charges against Aust soldiers are a disgrace. #crikeylive #
  • This way, Mike: http://twitpic.com/35hw64 @mpbowers #
  • Fraser went to a Higgins Lib Party meeting and the average age was close to his… need new vehicle for young people & politics. #crikeylive #
  • Monday nights at 9.30pm over summer? … RT @crazyjane13: Thanks for the webinar! Great idea, do more of them. #crikeylive #
  • @JaalaPulford It just doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Rooty Hill"… #
  • We seem to have a major outage of Sky News… #
  • @crazyjane13 I'm still getting free to air channels… #
  • @theburgerman 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, etc all out. "No signal is being received" message up now. #
  • @theburgerman Now seems to be all Foxtel but not News24 or other free-to-airs. #
  • @theburgerman @crazyjane13 At least George Bush senior is on Fox News… beats the hell out of the member for Higgins… #
  • The AEC has finalised its redistribution of electoral boundaries in Victoria: http://auspol.info/ctB14F – what have they done to Higgins? #
  • @theburgerman Thanks for that… #
  • I will have to enter this… I'm the right age and orientation afterall… http://auspol.info/aF9xA0 #
  • Unlike Rooty Hill, I've been to the Burvale… and Baillieu is up first. #vicvotes #
  • And 10 seconds into Baillieu's opening remarks, Sky loses the sound… #vicvotes #
  • @tospeakofpebble As I was reminded by @JaalaPulford, it's named after the intersection it sits on – Springvale and Burwood! #
  • RT @RicRaftis: Baillieu is Brumby's not so secret weapon for re-election #vicvotes #
  • I think that's what you'd call deeply uninspiring… #vicvotes #
  • First question is a stay-at-home "mom", complete with American accent who wants to know about hospital waiting times. #vicvotes #
  • Julie from Ringwood wants to know about stand-alone kindergarten fees and disability services. Ted wants more money from Canberra. #vicvotes #
  • A lady from Toorak has a question about public transport… trains to Pakenham stop all stations, not express… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu is going to put 2 cops on every station every night after 6pm… plus transit officers to ride the trains. #vicvotes #
  • @LancedDendrite I wondered whether I'd misheard that… #
  • Robbie from Hawthorn, a recent Deakin graduate – how can you criticise the Tiger Woods project? #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says it wasn't necessary for the govt to pay Tiger Woods an appearance fee… has no problem with the tournament. #vicvotes #
  • Jeff from Doncaster, retired, wants to know about building new dams, not "very expensive desal plants"… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says he'll build a "modest dam" in Maribyrnong… just like the "modestly priced desal plant" the govt rejected… #vicvotes #
  • "Who knows what a gigalitre is?" Baillieu asks his audience. Everyone looks at the floor. #vicvotes #
  • After a long speech on desal, Jeff reminds Baillieu he asked about whether he'll build new dams. "We'll be looking carefully at it"… #
  • Anthony, "a representative of the community", has a question about the judicial system and sentencing… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu does like interrupting his questioners before they get their question out… #vicvotes #
  • "You could listen to us," the community representative grumpily tells Baillieu, as he talks about the "Monday roll call" of w/end casualties #
  • Stuart from Tarneit – "win or lose, how long do you see yourself in Parliament?" #vicvotes #
  • I'm relishing the opportunity to get stuck into the problems, says Ted. I'm a stayer, I'm stickin' around, we intend to win. #vicvotes #
  • Even David Speers is stickin' around, "no matter who wins this election"… #vicvotes #
  • A question on stamp duty and Ted wants another quick show of hands… "we're going to have a very close look at this"… #vicvotes #
  • Never mind stamp duty, Baillieu is committing himself to sound economic management… #vicvotes #
  • A man wants to know about a school that wanted a psychologist but found it was easier to get a chaplain…. #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says he's announced a "substantial commitment" to primary school welfare officers in each school. #vicvotes #
  • RT @s_pearce: I wonder if he'll run a government by a show of hands. #vicvotes #
  • David, a water technician, drives the road every day and is worried about motor cycle deaths… he's got a fix too… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu takes another show of hands on who thinks speed cameras are really all about revenue raising. Guess what? #vicvotes #
  • A retired businessman wants another prison – where abouts and how will you pay for it? #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu wants to turn around the culture of crime and violence… #vicvotes #
  • Joe from East Bentleigh wants to know how Baillieu will pay for his commitments & will he submit his policies for costing. #vicvotes #
  • No, Ted wants an independent authority set up by Parliament. He's not submitting his proposals to public servants. #vicvotes #
  • Ari from Caulfield is studying dentistry and wants to know what Baillieu will do about dental waiting lists. #vicvotes #
  • We've got a policy coming, says Ted. Looks like we have to wait. #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu holds up a Myki ticket and says this is what $1.4 billion looks like. A round of applause. #vicvotes #
  • A student from East Bentleigh wants to know when Baillieu last depended on the buses for public transport. #vicvotes #
  • A long speech from Baillieu on planning, heavy rail and smart buses… and a special mention for people in the regions. #vicvotes #
  • Sarah from Box Hill North has a mental health question – what do you plan to do about the stigma attached to mental health issues? #vicvotes #
  • Now Ted gets a show of hands on which families have been touched by mental health issues… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu wants more beds and a better system of triaging mental health patients in emergency departments. #vicvotes #
  • Final question is from Kim from Glen Waverley – how would you vote on euthanasia issues? #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu says there's been a vote that was lost and doubts it will resurface again for some time. The community isn't ready. #vicvotes #
  • Concluding statement from Baillieu… to those voting for the first or second time, what we have isn't normal… #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu: Violence is normal, public transport failures aren't normal… the normalisation of failure isn't good enough. #vicvotes #
  • Baillieu: Victoria needs change… building the future is part of my training as an architect… #vicvotes #
  • Andrew Bolt says Baillieu put in a competent performance but it lacked focus. Doubts he's tapped into a well of discontent. #vicvotes #
  • Ms Gillon says Brumby can be arrogant when he talks to the media. How shocking. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby time at the Burvale… #vicvotes #
  • Brumby takes his coat off but forgets to step down from the stage… #vicvotes #
  • Brumby tells a Mick Young story which gets a laugh… "I can hear you but I'd gladly swap place with someone who can't." #vicvotes #
  • Brumby tells the crowd he's done lots of community cabinets with forums like this. His first job was selling shoes and he's crutched sheep. #
  • Brumby says he wants a second term as Premier… "I've had one term"… – see, this first-term govt needs a fair go… #vicvotes #
  • First question is a PNG war veteran who says he feels more prone to violence in Melbourne now. Holds up photo of vandalised train. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby says police numbers have increased by 2000 over the past decade. Alcohol-fuelled violence is a newish problem though. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: We've given random search powers to police, tougher penalties, more police – we're turning the corner. #vicvotes #
  • Jess from Preston is unemployed – a taxi driver refused to slow down – what will Brumby do about taxi regulations? #vicvotes #
  • Maria, a retired federal public servant asks about anti-social behaviour – more police not the answer. What about education? #vicvotes #
  • Andrew from Knox wants to know about funding of independent schools. They don't get enough. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby says funding of independent schools is being lifted from 20% to 25% of the cost of educating a child in a public school. #vicvotes #
  • A man with MS wants to know what's happening with specialist care. #vicvotes #
  • The same question from the same man on euthanasia. Brumby says he's not proposing a vote but it would be a conscience vote. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby says he's a supporter of euthanasia – believes the balance of care and responsibility is to protect life. #vicvotes #
  • Bon, retired, from Mt Waverley, wants to know why the shortage of nurses wasn't tackled earlier. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Every year we've been in govt we've provided more nurses. Waiting lists are less now, despite larger population. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Population is ageing and the birth rate is highest now since 1950s – we've announced extra funding, new hospitals. #vicvotes #
  • Correction… earlier tweet should have said Brumby ISN'T a supporter of euthanasia… (thanks @lindysgoodies) #
  • Anna from Wheelers Hill, a business development officer, asks about same-sex marriage. Why are you opposed? #vicvotes #
  • Brumby says the govt is progressive, small-l liberal, but "call me old-fashioned, I haven't supported same-sex marriage." #vicvotes #
  • Brumby reminds the questioner that the Marriage Act is a federal act, not a state act… #vicvotes #
  • Toni from Balwyn asks if Brumby will serve a full-term if re-elected. Answer: you bet he will. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: I'm hungry for a second-term, hungry to deliver jobs, improve education, etc… I'll make a judgement in 2014. #vicvotes #
  • An IT consultant from East St. Kilda asks about abortion. He wants amendments to the legislation to curb "excesses". #vicvotes #
  • Brumby explains the overwhelming vote of the Parliament during the last term. There are no plans to change the legislation. #vicvotes #
  • A teacher in a govt school disputes that a great deal of money has been spent, especially to reduce class sizes. Applause. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby says average class size was 25, is now 22. #vicvotes #
  • The lady from Berwick who works in Toorak asks the same question about trains. Brumby says now 2000 additional services statewide. #vicvotes #
  • Now she's not happy with Stud Road… Brumby lists a series of road developments statewide. She asks how much Myki costs. #vicvotes #
  • Leo from Yarrambat asks whether it would have been cheaper to put in pipes from Queensland. No, says Brumby, water is too heavy. #vicvotes #
  • @jewellofanstey It is – he said the focus had been on primary school class sizes. #
  • Brumby says Victoria's water supply is now secured for the next 40 or so years with pipelines, desal, etc – grid across the state. #vicvotes #
  • Michael, a student, with a question about private schools making moral judgements (eg. Ivanhoe GG) – should they get funding? #vicvotes #
  • What if a Jewish school chose not to teach evolution, the man persists… Brumby wants to take this one question on notice. #vicvotes #
  • John, an architect, is unhappy with the planning process – wants it privatised. Brumby acknowledges the fine balance of interests. #vicvotes #
  • Beth from Mitcham, a stay-at-home mother, wants to know why utility bills are so high. Will it be worse if there's a Greens deal? #vicvotes #
  • I'm not planning to do a deal with the Greens, says Brumby… #vicvotes #
  • The reality is energy prices around the world are moving up, Brumby says, coming dangerously close to telling a voter the truth. #vicvotes #
  • Closing remarks from Brumby…I'm very proud of our state, a quality of life that sets us apart…come through the GFC, bushfires. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Budget in balance, investing in health, education, cracking down on crime… I hope to implement our plan. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: I've had one term as Premier, I hope I get a second to take our state forward… now I'm heading for the bar… #vicvotes #
  • Andrew Bolt says Brumby sounded more passionate and assertive, answered hostile questions with aplomb. #vicvotes #
  • The marvellous ongoing story of the write-in ballot count in Alaska: http://auspol.info/buMYOj – "Don't forget to fill in the bubble!" #
  • Victorian Labor fails to lock in Greens: http://auspol.info/aBoND7 – a Coalition-Greens deal could bring down Brumby. (The Age) #

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