My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Julia Gillard is delivering her end-of-year felicitations in the House of Representatives… says it's been a happy year in some ways… #
  • Gillard: At this time of year we celebrate the values of peace and goodwill… #auspol #
  • Gillard on the Senate: "I think we now understand their world better than we used to." #auspol #
  • Abbott: The PM has been a ferocious competitor and I congratulate her on her success. #auspol #
  • Abbott: She may not have won the election but she won the negotiations. #auspol #
  • Amongst others, Abbott praises Petro Georgiou, Michael Johnson and Wilson Tuckey in his valedictory comments. #auspol #
  • Interesting contrast with Gillard who mentioned none of the defeated Labor members in the election. #auspol #
  • Swan on Rudd: Whatever else happened this year, no-one should doubt his commitment to the country. #auspol #
  • Albanese: 51 pieces of legislation have passed this House, no amendment supported by the govt has failed -100% record so far. #auspol #
  • Albanese's 9-year-old son asked: "Why is he still working so hard when he won the election?" #auspol #
  • Memories http://auspol.info/f8GT1R .. RT @annabelcrabb: Cannot spot anyone else who has successfully sued the author, but the day is young. #
  • Stephen Smith on Parliament: "We all arrive as politicians, some of us leave as parliamentarians." #auspol #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Ellis describes the Labor 2010 campaign as "almost Romanian in its incompetence". #salesdipinromania #
  • Pyne says he has a "symbiotic" relationship with the Speaker. "I make him look good every day and he tries to make me look bad." #auspol #
  • Pyne: "Whilst we may not have won the negotiations, there is an argument that we won the election." #auspol #
  • Steve Fielding is speaking in the Senate…describes NBN as "transformative"…can see no reason not to support the NBN legislation. #auspol #
  • @AgnessMack We are the host. #
  • RT @AndrewBGreene: "I can see Pyongyang from my house…." http://tinyurl.com/28t7muy #
  • @AgnessMack I hope you're not getting caught up in this childish anti-politician routine so beloved of armchair critics on Twitter? #
  • @AgnessMack Well that's all right then! #
  • Albanese has just warned the House that it may be back in the morning… #qt #
  • And the final Question Time for 2010 begins in the House of Representatives. Come play, says Harry! #qt #
  • Abbott to Gillard: Given that the govt couldn't [insert standard list] how can anyone trust you not to make a mess of the NBN? #qt #
  • Just a touch of argument in that question, says Albo. Noted, says the Speaker. #qt #
  • Gillard to Abbott: It's time to stop being stranded as human history marches past you. #qt #
  • Gillard: He's determined to stretch out the sitting until it ends in inevitable defeat for him. Is he a man who's ever had a positive idea? #
  • Amanda Rishworth (ALP-Kingston) asks Gillard for an update on the delivery of competition in communications. #qt #
  • It's yesterday and the day before all over again in #qt today. #
  • Gillard: It's Economics 101 so it's no wonder the Leader of the Opposition doesn't understand it. #qt #
  • The US Ambassador, Jeffery Bleich, is in the gallery today. ANZUS works. #qt #
  • Turnbull to Gillard on you-know-what… isn't the government all announcement and no performance? #qt #
  • Gillard: His unhappiness is no excuse for coming into this Parliament and just making things up. #qt #
  • Competition is good for pricing, Gillard tells the Opposition. Abbott has a plan to wreck, not to build. #qt #
  • No new taxes! #qt #
  • Andrew Robb: "Since the new paradigm was signed…" #qt #
  • Gillard on Abbott: This is a pit-bull that has turned on its owner… leads a party that no longer believes in markets or low taxes… #qt #
  • Andrew Wilkie to Gillard: 1,145,000 Australians live with a profound disability… will you back an insurance scheme if PC recommends it? #
  • Gillard: We will seriously consider the Prod. Comm report when it comes in July 2011. We asked for the report. #qt #
  • Darren Cheeseman (ALP-Corangamite) to Swan: What are the government's economic achievements? #qt #
  • Meanwhile, in Victoria… RT @aussexparty: On the campaign trail with a giant penis http://yfrog.com/3ogc1gbj #
  • I just assumed Mr. Kennett had said something… #
  • Joanna Gash (Lib-Gilmore) has a constituent whose nature strip was ripped up to lay the NBN cable… #qt #
  • There's a gash in my nature strip… #qt #
  • @murpharoo Follow the grass. #
  • Gillard: Perhaps they don't want telephone cables either. Which part of the past do you want to go back to? The Luddite Party. #qt #
  • Laura Smyth (ALP-La Trobe) asks Crean to talk about jobs and the BER. They deride it as "school halls", Crean says, but it's job creation. #
  • @Get_Shortened There are 771 reasons why. http://auspol.info/hxTCAE #
  • "That was not a point of order, that was a confession." #qt #
  • Meanwhile, in NSW… RT @PennySharpemlc: Fred Nile moving his bill to raise the legal drinking age to 21. #nswvotes #
  • Abbott to Gillard on her "crisis Caucus meeting last night"… did it include stopping the taxes, the debt and the boats? #qt #
  • Gillard: I've got to give the Shadow Treasurer this – at least he got out an envelope and scribbled 9 points on it. #qt #
  • Gillard on Abbott: He's a prize fighter who keeps on fighting long after he's forgotten what he's fighting for. #qt #
  • Gillard: The bricks he's throwing at us are the bricks that used to form the foundations of the Liberal Party. #qt #
  • Gillard: There are a few lonely progressives in the Liberal Party… they need a few friends before this man trashes his party's legacy. #qt #
  • John Murphy (ALP-Reid) to Combet on what's happening with climate change. The foundation is the climate science, says the Minister. #qt #
  • Combet: Abbott has designed a policy that's in line with his belief that the science of climate change is "absolute crap". #qt #
  • Gillard: When Abbott goes to Christmas parties all he talks about is how much he's hurt somebody… never a positive idea. #qt #
  • Gillard to Abbott: Over three years they're going to be on to you – hollow at the core. #qt #
  • And Mr. Pyne is booted from the House for one hour. #qt #
  • This is why… RT @annabelcrabb: Pyne pops up and asks "The Member for Griffith to table the minutes from last night's Caucus meeting." #
  • Anna Burke (ALP-Chisholm) asks Roxon about hospital services and Abbott comes in for another kicking. #qt #
  • Russell Broadbent (Lib-McMillan) to Gillard on water costs, electricity prices and the NBN… 3.14pm, nearly done… #qt #
  • Joel Fitzgibbon to Albo: How is the govt delivering its legislative agenda? How is it being received and what is the govt's response? #qt #
  • Albo: The govt has not lost a single vote on legislation – not a single amendment to its legislation has been passed in the House. #qt #
  • Albo does a Peter Bowers turn and unrolls a long list of government legislation… 51 bills in total since the election. #qt #
  • Albo and his list of legislation. http://twitpic.com/39x2yc #
  • Albanese: We've had over 90 hours of private members' business and passed a private members business. We're governing… #qt #
  • Louise Markus (Lib-Macquarie) to Gillard on new detention centre beds – more of these opened than new hospital beds… #qt #
  • And of course the number of beds should make us worry about the $43bn NBN… #qt #
  • Gillard to Markus: Turnbull has misled you – it's not $43bn, read the summary of the Business Case… #qt #
  • Now the Opposition claim Crean impugned Markus and insulted her faith… The Speaker works to cool this down. #qt #
  • Correction, Emerson, not Crean. I'm still thinking in the old paradigm and the previous ministry… #qt #
  • @2FBS You do paint a pretty picture! #
  • Chris Hayes (ALP-Fowler) on boys & violence against women and girls. Brendan O'Connor says damning stats show half million victims/year. #qt #
  • And with that, Question Time for 2010 concludes. House resumes in about 10 weeks. #qt #
  • @theburgerman I'm appalled – the House should always get priority over the other place! #
  • @theburgerman I shall cope… #
  • @CallanPark Don't worry, it's just a Fred Nile frolic. It'll never happen. #
  • In the House, Joe Hockey unwraps his Christmas present for Wayne Swan, a copy of "Economics for Dummies"… #auspol #
  • Hockey claims the intro is by Lindsay Tanner, dedicated to his Labor colleagues… #auspol #
  • Hockey says he's also found "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics", also with an intro from Tanner, dedicated to the Greens. #auspol #
  • @sspencer_63 It's not quite in the same league as PJK's fireworks effort all those years ago. #
  • Hockey says he's giving Conroy a DVD copy of "The Cable Guy"… #auspol #
  • @theburgerman I did say you should have left it on…! #
  • @unsungsongs But have you worked out how to move an icon from one screen to the next? #
  • Sen. Stephen Conroy, Communications Minister, is holding a press conference to announce the govt's anti-siphoning decision… #auspol #
  • Conroy: ALP introduced the anti-siphoning list because we've always understood how important it is for people to watch sport on free-to-air. #
  • Conroy: Sports like 20-20 cricket will be protected – no sports on the list have been removed… #auspol #
  • Conroy: 2-tiers introduced. Tier A: national iconic events like Melbourne Cup, State of Origin, AFL finals. Must be shown live on main chs. #
  • Conroy: Tier B: Events like regular AFL /NRL games and non-final games of Aust Tennis – can be shown on digital multi-channels. #auspol #
  • Conroy: This means more events can be shown live on a digital multi-channels. 76% of Austs have digital TV. #auspol #
  • Conroy: Will ensure "must show" obligations – they must show the anti-siphoning list and not stockpile them. #auspol #
  • Conroy: Competition round matches will be partially delisted. Govt will protect quality of matches on FTA. #auspol #
  • Conroy: Govt will ensure Fri and Sat games remain blockbusters – also Anzac Day occasions. #auspol #
  • Conroy: All WA and SA team games will be shown on FTA in those states. #auspol #
  • Conroy: Govt will delist AFL games not shown on FTA only after further discussions with stakeholders. #auspol #
  • Conroy: Current list expires at end of year – more announcements shortly. #auspol #
  • The AEC's Annual Report has been tabled: http://auspol.info/gt1Yve – with a case study of my favourite electorate: http://auspol.info/gnQH3l #
  • A Warren Entsch crocodile skin sends a message to MPs. A very old paradigm in action. #730Report #
  • Greece, Ireland and possibly Portugal, but could the Euro survive a bailout of Spain? http://auspol.info/hxbEhw #
  • @GrogsGamut Sure is – I read it on Monday. Wasn't expecting it until next month. #
  • @timwattsau @GrogsGamut They do a CD audio book version now. Not iTunes version though. #
  • "A British General Election is not over until this book appears": http://twitpic.com/3a0c1d – and my copy has arrived. @smurray38 #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Victorian 2 Party Preferred: ALP 50 LNP 50 #vicvotes #
  • @smurray38 Hehe, very possibly. I couldn't resist it after your endorsement and for $26.32 & no shipping it was a bargain. #
  • @smurray38 What was the particular chapter you lauded that night? #
  • The Herald Sun has endorsed Labor: http://bit.ly/gWgyPS #vicvotes (via @GhostWhoVotes) #
  • "It is a close run thing &, without any great conviction, the Herald Sun endorses the re-election of John Brumby." http://auspol.info/eYye7L #
  • Herald Sun: "Mr Baillieu would appear to stand very much alone… [his] treasurer in waiting, Kim Wells, is indeed his shadow treasurer." #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Primary Votes: ALP 36, LNP 44, GRN 14. http://bit.ly/fCLLt5 #vicvotes #
  • Preferences notwithstanding, a coalition primary vote of 44% is pretty hard to beat these days… #vicvotes #
  • @smurray38 Yes, paperback – it has to be a magisterial biography to justify the hardback price. #
  • @rod_benson Well, what do you expect? Studied world-weariness from a rag you wouldn't wipe your arse with. #
  • @smurray38 Hmm… I already have the Brands book, TR The Last Romantic, and I haven't read it! #
  • @rod_benson I remember the Herald-Scum editorialising against Hawke & Keating but they kept winning. Might be other way round this year. #
  • @GhostWhoVotes That last link of yours goes to a Nov 19 article? #
  • The Age endorses re-election of the Brumby government: http://auspol.info/eAuG1n #vicvotes #
  • The Age: Besetting problems with service delivery…are in part a consequence of the steady growth Victoria has experienced under this govt. #
  • The Age: "And that growth…owes much to John Brumby's vigorous advocacy of this state's interests." http://auspol.info/eAuG1n #
  • The Age: The willingness of Baillieu & his colleagues to pander to popular prejudice on questions of law and order is cause for deep unease. #
  • @clubwah Yes, of all the govts in this country this is one that does not deserve to lose, especially to such a rag-tag opposition. #
  • @clubwah Although they're both guilty of all that nonsense. If I see one more leaflet with a bloodied knife on it… #
  • Surprising stability in Canberra no guarantee of lasting calm: http://auspol.info/hZhMZh – Michelle Grattan on the state of play. #
  • Barnaby Joyce apps: http://youtu.be/im769kpZZt0 #auspol #
  • @seamus_polsci Hmm, yes. If the Libs actually got 44% primary I think they'd win. #
  • @smurray38 Online? I'd like to be in one that meets offline but I sometimes suspect no-one on Twitter in Melbourne reads books…. #
  • @RealJohnRocket I appear to be following her but don't think a message has ever passed between us! #

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