My Latest Twitter Updates

  • RT @theburgerman: You can watch the Victorian Labor campaign launch in full on Sky News Local, ch 600. #vicvotes #auspol #
  • Victorian ALP is also streaming the campaign launch here: http://auspol.info/dAzWg0 #vicvotes #auspol #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is speaking at Victorian ALP campaign launch in Bendigo… #vicvotes #
  • Gillard: I know better than anyone how much every vote counts. If you want a Labor govt you have to vote Labor. #vicvotes #
  • Gillard on her old boss John Brumby: It pains me to say he is a Collingwood supporter… #vicvotes #
  • Gillard: Brumby is a man of rare strength and understanding… etc… #vicvotes #
  • Gillard: Brumby has a plan, new jobs, modernising every school, investment in child support, problem gambling… #vicvotes #
  • Gillard: There is no iron law in politics but there is in life: hard work brings results. #vicvotes #
  • John Brumby arrives – shakes hands with John Cain, Steve Bracks, ministers…. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby remembers WW1 veteran Jack Ross, talks of living by values -we want to change with the times but remain true to our values. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Economically, the next generation will need to be better educated… it will live in an environment defined by climate change… #
  • Brumby emphasises leading by example on climate change, of cutting greenhouse emissions by 20% over next 10 years. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Victoria has biggest baby boom – announces $100m over 4 years to build new kindergartens and create 10,000 new places. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Education has always been Labor's number one priority – 10,000 more teachers now than when we came in. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: 553 schools modernised since last election – rebuilding program is ahead of schedule. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Will forge a "Jobs Building Guarantee" with business to boost apprentice numbers by 4000. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Govt jobs will require 10% of workforce to be made up of apprentices. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Between childhood and adulthood there's a crossroad, around Year 9 .. need to keep extending and challenging young people. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Major initiative – a Year 9 program to build resilience, normally only found in non-government schools… #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Year 9 experience will take them out of the classroom – a full term with minimum 2-week living away from home experience. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby: Committed to creating minimum 300,000 news jobs over the next term. #vicvotes #
  • Brumby on health: there are new hospitals in Bendigo, Box Hill – new cancer clinic. #vicvotes #
  • John Brumby concludes his campaign launch: new kindergartens, Yr 9 program, apprentice scheme are major features. #vicvotes #
  • @VinnieTaskunas Hehe… #
  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun… Abbott to Gillard on losing her way… #qt #
  • Abbott: Isn't this government finding its way a bit like Burke and Wills finding their way? #qt #
  • Gillard: Abbott needs a holiday… he doesn't get out of bed without a focus group report… 3-line slogans like a ventriloquist doll… #qt #
  • Abbott with a supplementary… cites various programs deferred delayed… is this what she meant by finding her way? #qt #
  • Gillard: Abbott puffed up with his negativity… I'm proud of what we've done in education… point of order taken… #qt #
  • Perhaps today is 'game on'… #qt #
  • Speaker: The Member for Sturt's inability to understand Standing Order 65 is breathtaking… he is warned, a precursor to naming… #qt #
  • Points of order from Pyne and Robb against Speaker Jenkins's ruling… never heard Harry shout like this before… #qt #
  • Gillard seems to be deliberately goading Abbott today… thus far, he sits impassively. #qt #
  • Gillard: Abbott sits there in denial about his poor track record as a minister and about the future. #qt #
  • Gillard takes a Dixer from Sharon Bird (ALP-Cunningham) – well prepared with pricing carbon arguments and endorsements. #qt #
  • Hockey to Gillard: when will you find your way and take off the upward pressure on interest rates? #qt #
  • Gillard launches into Hockey – let's look at his track record too. Grim-faced Hockey rises on a point of order… #qt #
  • Harry wants to rule a line in the sand now about this question time… #qt #
  • Gillard: Someone should explain supply side economics to the Opposition. A voice: Robb was making you look good there for a while. #qt #
  • Kelvin Thomson (ALP-Wills) to Gillard on how a carbon price will transform the electricity sector. #qt #
  • Gillard points to Turnbull as someone who understands the need to price carbon… and then quotes Ian Macfarlane on same… #qt #
  • Alex Hawke (Lib-Mitchell) to Gillard on a carbon price pushing up power prices. When will you find your way and drop this tax? #qt #
  • Gillard to Hawke: Read my speeches, look at my last answer, have a discussion with the member for Groom about under-investment. #qt #
  • The Practice! #qt #
  • Gillard: Abbott wants to hide the truth about electricity prices… the incoming govt brief exposed that. Let's have an honest debate. #qt #
  • Laura Smyth (ALP-La Trobe) to Swan on climate change… the carbon price is all about certainty for business, says the Treasurer. #qt #
  • The politics of the stop sign! #qt #
  • Turnbull to Gillard: Why are you refusing to let Productivity Commission assess the cost-effectiveness of the NBN? #qt #
  • Gillard: Yet another delay.. from an Opposition now on its 20th version of a policy… #qt #
  • Will you bring her to order, asks an adamant Mr. Pyne. #qt #
  • Harry says he has two options with Pyne… he can name him OR.. and we never hear the "or"…. #qt #
  • Pyne should learn to sit there quietly and engage with the Procedures Committee if he's not happy. So there. #qt #
  • Sharon Grierson (ALP-Newcastle) asks Combet to tell us more about a carbon price… #qt #
  • Karen Andrews (Lib-McPherson) to Gillard: given rising prices why are you wasting $43 billion on the NBN? #qt #
  • John Murphy (ALP-Reid) to Martin Ferguson with another question on electricity… the govt is covering all the bases today. #qt #
  • Luke Simpkins (Lib-Cowan) to Gillard on the NBN… she says this is another 3-word slogan, "stop the NBN"… #qt #
  • Geoff Lyons (ALP-Bass) with another question on building consensus around a carbon price. The committee is on it, says Combet. #qt #
  • Tony Crook (Ind Nat – O'Connor) with a question about opal fuel. Warren Snowdon with an interesting response. #qt #
  • Ed Husic (ALP-Chifley) with a question to Kevin Rudd about climate change effects in other countries. Rudd mentions an "existential threat". #
  • Rudd: Climate change is a fundamental threat to economic development in many countries. #qt #
  • Harry and Mr. Pyne circle each other… then Pyne moves extra time for Rudd. #qt #
  • On the voices, the motion is carried with no dissent… Rudd returns to the table amid cheers… #qt #
  • The rest of the world takes this seriously, says Rudd. #qt #
  • George Christensen (Nats-Dawson) asks about asylum seekers… we're still waiting for a policy position from them, Gillard says. #qt #
  • Gillard: We wait while the Opposition stews in its own juices of bitterness… the Aust people deserve better than this. #qt #
  • Yvett D'Ath (ALP-Petrie) asks about threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Sounds like an informed response from Tony Burke on climate events. #
  • And further questions will be placed on the Notice Paper…. #qt #
  • A definite Matter of Public Importance is proposed by Tony Abbott on management of the economy… #qt #auspol #
  • Aboriginal rights campaigner, Roberta (Bobbi) Sykes has died. http://bit.ly/dBuBIg (via @abcnews) #
  • Abbott has a new 3-word slogan. The government's solution to everything is to "borrow, waste and tax"… #qt #
  • RT @ABC_NewsRadio: Today's Senate #QT Question Time podcast available for download .. http://bit.ly/ParliPodcasts #auspol #
  • @julesruby He wasn't really – he was asked, as Foreign Minister, about other countries. #
  • Ch 9 news reports on a thief stealing & hording women's underwear. Police surprised at the size of the haul & unusual nature of the brief. #
  • Of course, I meant "hoarding"… #
  • @seamus_polsci That will teach me not to switch on PM… #
  • @mykebartlett No, I think they were trying to do a legal joke… #
  • @seamus_polsci Having switched on PM, I have turned the sound down but they're now showing a car in the US with a horse in the back seat! #
  • .@seamus_polsci Of course it's been up on YouTube for a week… so they're not even up-to-date: http://youtu.be/6gPJo25sb80 #
  • I am watching both Ray Hadley and Joe Hockey. How has my life come to this? #
  • @danupoyner I thought it would be a transformative experience – you know, like university… #
  • @Wendycarlisle Rationalisation: I always watch a new talk show. Reality: I always knew it would be low-rent rubbish. #
  • Oh no, a royal wedding… there goes the media for the next little while. #
  • RT @Paris_David: Richard Wilkins is reporting that Prince William is marrying Karen Middleton #
  • Juxtaposing The Age and the Herald-Sun: http://twitpic.com/378olv (via@chaslicc and others) #
  • She may be on Facebook but there's no announcement on the Palace site http://auspol.info/bDtGRm or Clarence House: http://auspol.info/dCw2NY #
  • Twitter wins! http://auspol.info/dmCHLf … RT @mprimme: But if you click the Twitter link on the Clarence House site… #
  • @mprimme This could prove everything we've always secretly feared about Twitter… #

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