My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Craig Kelly, new Liberal member for Hughes, is giving his first speech in the House of Representatives… #auspol #
  • Kelly says Billy Hughes switched parties 5 times, took him 40 years to leave ALP for the Liberals. There's hope for those opposite, he says. #
  • Kelly's father was one of Menzies' forgotten people, he says. http://auspol.info/9nph6E #
  • This new Liberal member is attacking monopolies, oligopolies and price-fixing. Defends small retailers, attacks concentrated banking. #
  • And that was the last of the maiden speeches, according to the Government Whip, Joel Fitzgibbon. #auspol #
  • Joe Hockey wants taxpayers to be given a thank you note for their taxes and a statement of how the money is spent. In the Reps now. #auspol #
  • @MacYourselfhome This is quality populism… #
  • Hockey is so impressed with his contribution to the Tax LAws Amendment Bill that he's called a division to oppose adjournment of debate. #
  • The House of Reps Live Minutes are very handy: http://auspol.info/aMvLwV – sort of like a Twitter stream but more accurate… #
  • @AshGhebranious Definitely there… #
  • @deemadigan That's because if they did they'd have a demarcation dispute with sections of the Press Gallery. #
  • @AshGhebranious I got the same thing in Chrome – the APH header but nothing else. #
  • Gillard makes statement on release of Aung San Suu Kyi – quotes Hemingway's definition of courage as "grace under pressure". #
  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun. Abbott asks Gillard when she is going to find her way… #qt #
  • Abbott: When is she going to stop the new taxes, put a plan to cut the debt and stop the boats…? #
  • Gillard: Abbott is showing all the maturity of a two-year-old throwing a tantrum… time he got over it… and contributed to debate. #qt #
  • This should be the Gillard we see in other public forums. Minus the sing-song voice & the silly laughs, she looks and sounds the part. #qt #
  • RT @murpharoo: Gillard says Richo is a private citizen; she has met him once in her life. #qt #
  • RT @sspencer_63: And Harry Jenkins screws it up again. Shuts PM up mid flight and wrecks the grab. Harry, shut up & let the teams play! #qt #
  • First Dorothy is from Kirsten Livermore (Capricornia) – wants Gillard to report on APEC and the G20. Global economy time. #qt #
  • Now Julie Bishop asks about private citizen Richardson… will she now abandon her 3 word slogan, "regional processing centre"? #qt #
  • Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield) asks about employment… Gillard gives some global comparisons. #qt #
  • Michael Keenan (Lib-Stirling) asks about boats and "protecting our borders". Gillard back on the attack over "cheap politics". #qt #
  • @LaurieOakes Is this the right time to point out a date error in your book? p197, on Cope – must have been 28 Feb 1975, not 1976. #pedantry #
  • Swan takes a question on banks from Craig Thomson (ALP-Dobell). We've brought peace of mind, says the Treasurer. #qt #
  • Abbott asks Gillard again about finding her way. Why don't you adopt our policy on price signalling? #qt #
  • Joe Hockey wants to know more about the government's so-called "longstanding plan for banking competition". #qt #
  • When are you going to explain what you didn't do as Financial Services Minister, asks Gillard. #qt #
  • Hockey trying to cover up his "brain explosion", says Gillard, as she lists a series of govt measures on banks switching, ATM fees, etc #qt #
  • Laura Smyth (ALP-La Trobe) asks Chris Bowen about the High Court's decision last week on offshore arrivals: http://auspol.info/dcTeGi #qt #
  • Bowen ridicules Lord Brandis of Brisbane and then quotes Julian Burnside. #qt #
  • Greg Hunt asks Gillard about Obama's abandonment of cap and trade. How are you finding your way, etc, etc? #qt #
  • Obama hasn't changed his mind, Gillard says. He's just accepting the changed political circumstances in US. But we're not a US state. #qt #
  • Gillard: The most efficient way of reducing carbon pollution is to put a price on it and we're going to pursue that. #qt #
  • Gai Brodtmann (ALP-Canberra) asks Combet about the OECD report and climate change policy. Combet says OECD backs carbon price. #qt #
  • @rhysam http://auspol.info/cwClkm http://auspol.info/cGW3nS #
  • Paul Fletcher (Lib-Bradfield) to Gillard on problems with the National Curriculum… losing your way, etc. #qt #
  • Rob Mitchell (ALP-McEwen) wants an update on the broadband rollout. Time for Albo to let loose. #qt #
  • Andrew Wilkie (Ind-Wilkie) asks Gillard about mental health care – he wants better funding for EPIC programs. #qt #
  • @aussenatesnoop Hehe… #
  • @aussenatesnoop I think he represents himself, don't you? #
  • @s_pearce A mistake on my part but you may have a point… #
  • Deborah O'Neill (ALP-Robertson) asks Roxon about GP Super Clinics. Roxon now has quite a list of clinics around the country. #qt #
  • Alan Tudge (Lib-Aston) asks about telephone pricing under the NBN. Gillard agrees there's a lot of misinformation out there. #qt #
  • Maria Vamvakinou (ALP-Calwell) gets an update from Macklin on the paid parental leave scheme coming into force on Jan1. #qt #
  • @Chief911 That's the Press Gallery. #
  • Sophie Mirabella asks Gillard about the so-called "cash for clunkers" program. Hasn't it lost its way and is undeliverable? #qt #
  • Gillard says program date has been moved to July 1 and the govt is in consultation with the industry to get it right. #qt #
  • Pyne: "She's just engaging in and old-fashioned slag and bag" … some listeners mininterpret that expression, Harry advises… #qt #
  • Stephen Jones (ALP-Throsby) wants an update on reforms to the taxation of resources. They're going well, says Martin Ferguson. #qt #
  • How's this for speed? .. RT @ABC_NewsRadio: Senate Question Time podcast now available for download: http://bit.ly/ParliPodcasts #QT #auspol #
  • And that's it for #qt today. Only 7 to go for this year. #
  • @tospeakofpebble At least we can be sure it will get nice and nasty next week. #
  • Now Joe Hockey complains to the Speaker about Parlt House lawnmowers interrupting his media appearances in the morning… #qt #
  • @prestontowers Don't worry, we'll seen be moving forward into 2011. #
  • RT @ABC_NewsRadio: House of Reps Question Time podcast now available for download: http://bit.ly/ParliPodcasts #QT #auspol #
  • In defence of anonymous pricks: http://auspol.info/9umdAL – worth reading if only to contemplate the identity of "rangarooter34". #
  • Essential Report poll: Coalition 51, ALP 49, unchanged from last week. Primaries LNP 45, ALP 39. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • @Rod_Hagen They do a rolling poll over two weeks so the changes are much less dramatic. Basically in line with Newspoll/Nielsen. #
  • @AaronObrien1 It's been on sale for over a week. Borders may not have it but others will. #
  • Adam Bandt is speaking in the House of Representatives on his gay marriage resolution…. #auspol View here: http://a-pac.tv #
  • Bandt: There have been many attempts throughout history to limit love. They never work. #auspol #
  • RT @GreensMPs: "The Greens want parliament to acknowledge that public opinion is changing" #equalmarriage #
  • Ruddock: Marriage has been ordained over time as a union that can give rise to procreation. #auspol #
  • Ruddock: Whilst it cannot always be the case, it is desirable that children have both the role model of a father and a mother. #auspol #
  • @theburgerman Regardless of your views on the issue, this is a most impressive debate in the House of Reps. #
  • The text of Adam Bandt's equal marriage motion and Stephen Jones's amendment is here: http://auspol.info/aMvLwV #auspol #
  • @tobiasziegler It's not a surprise. See: http://auspol.info/dB8adT http://auspol.info/dq0BBU http://auspol.info/bEO3dS #
  • Warren Entsch has a solid track record on this. See: http://auspol.info/dB8adT http://auspol.info/dq0BBU http://auspol.info/bEO3dS #auspol #
  • RT @GreensMPs: You can read a draft of @AdamBandt's speech here http://ow.ly/39Lr0 #equalmarriage #
  • Andrew Wilkie: Churches are private institutions. It is up to them who they marry. #auspol #
  • Turnbull: "Our side has long supported a reasoned debate on this very important issue." Really? #auspol #
  • @theburgerman Surrounded as he is by members of his side… #
  • The debate on the equal marriage resolution has been adjourned. An hour when we saw the Parliament at its best, albeit poorly attended. #
  • @lindykt Sounds more like he's playing the loyal team man to me. #
  • Gay Marriage debate: the complete audio of tonight's House of Reps debate & text of Adam Bandt's speech: http://auspol.info/cFV07U #
  • Putnam's claim that people trust public broadcasters was shown in this recent Essential poll: http://auspol.info/aXp0SM #Lateline #
  • @AdamBandt Audio of the complete debate tonight and text of your speech is here: http://auspol.info/cFV07U #
  • What Happened at Margaret Thatcher's Final Cabinet Meeting: http://auspol.info/9hAlkF – from @iaindale #
  • "Terribly honourable" – Jeff Kennett's comment on Ted Baillieu's decision on Green preferences. (According to Niki Savva) #
  • Libs won't sup with the devil: http://auspol.info/a2KZoc – Paul Strangio on natural allies and strangest bedfellows. #

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