My Latest Twitter Updates

  • The Oprah has no clothes: http://auspol.info/eMIFzR – a timely look at the hollowness of Winfrey. (The Punch) #
  • Ugh… "If you are having difficulty unsubscribing, please email us immediatley.. and we will action your unsubscribe request…" #
  • Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is holding a media conference on WikiLeaks… #auspol #
  • Rudd talks of his visit to the UAE… free trade agreement with Gulf Countries… discussions in Bahrain… #auspol #
  • Rudd: "Much general and considered discussion" of recent coverage of cables… #auspol #
  • Rudd: Our China posture has been firm for many years… it's a robust relationship… sometimes there are disagreements… #auspol #
  • Rudd: We won't be commenting on the accuracy of any of these unauthorised releases…. a matter of principle of confidentiality. #auspol #
  • Rudd: The job of Aust foreign policy is to make provision for the defence of Australia's national long-term interests… #auspol #
  • Rudd: We should all just get used to the fact with all the documents out there you're going to see more of this stuff roll out… #auspol #
  • Rudd: Key challenge is to get on with the day-to-day business of diplomacy… #auspol #
  • Rudd: The rise of China presents new opportunities and challenges for all countries… all countries are adapting to this… #auspol #
  • Rudd: India also… there's a developing new centre of "strategic gravity" in the world… #auspol #
  • Rudd on North Korea: we are strongly supportive of the posture taken by the Republic of Korea… #auspol #
  • Rudd asked if has a conflict of interest on Assange… says we are a nation of laws… legal process takes place at arms length from govt. #
  • Rudd: It's appropriate for the proper investigatory and prosecutorial bodies to deal with these matters. #auspol #
  • Rudd asked about the possibility of China and the US engaging in armed conflict… naturally he doesn't bite! #auspol #
  • Rudd: The centre of strategic gravity is moving to our region but we have security relationships that are 19th century in nature. #auspol #
  • Rudd: Let's punt for peace… #auspol #
  • Rudd: There's a fair old load in the in-tray at the State Department at the moment… #auspol #
  • Will WikiLeaks have a chilling effect on diplomacy, Rudd asked. "A focussing effect," he jokes. #auspol #
  • Rudd: This has created problems in other parts of the world… leaders accused of corruption, war-like behaviour, etc. #auspol #
  • Rudd: There are large lessons for the protection of documents from this situation. #auspol #
  • Julie Bishop: These leaked cables give us some insight into Mr Rudd's thinking whilst he was Prime Minister. Are these views govt policy? #
  • Bishop says she is "deeply troubled" by the suggestion to the US to be prepared to use force against China… #auspol #
  • Bishop recalls Stephen Smith's injunction that there shouldn't be a "sliver of light" between the Foreign Minister & Prime Minister. #auspol #
  • Bishop says she has always assumed that everything a person in public life says could become public… should be restrained at all times… #
  • @2FBS @sspencer_63 Just think, 76-74 the other way… #
  • Essential Report poll: LNP 51, ALP 49 (unchanged for 4 weeks). Primaries: LNP 45, ALP 38, Greens 11, Others 6. http://auspol.info/as3bZC #
  • Having heard from Mr. Rudd and Ms. Bishop, we now have the definitive word from Mr. Downer… #PMAgenda #
  • Downer: When I look at the totality of it… Rudd is emphasising what we emphasised with the Americans… #auspol #
  • @DarrenFerrari I could pop down to Berwick and conduct a seance. #
  • Downer remembers an innocuous conversation between him and the NZ High Commissioner that Rudd made merry with… #auspol #
  • Downer: You have to be able to have private conversations in diplomacy… #auspol #
  • Downer on Assange: Morally, he's an appalling person. #auspol #
  • Downer: Whether he's down anything illegal is another thing but his behaviour is morally reprehensible… a public relations smartarse. #
  • Kerry O'Brien is interviewing Julia Gillard on the #730Report .. #auspol #
  • Gillard on Rudd's China comments: I don't want to disappoint you but I'm not going to comment… #auspol #
  • Gillard: Inevitably the rise of China is under discussion… we want to see China engaged in a rules-based system… we want the US engaged. #
  • O'Brien: Is the word 'containment' in your China vocabulary? Gillard: Engagement is the word in my vocabulary. #auspol #
  • Gillard: People have underestimated the sheer size and scope of our reform agenda… health, education, water, pricing carbon… #auspol #
  • O'Brien: You agenda for 2011 is coming from a defensive base – not an inspirational agenda? #auspol #
  • Gillard: Change is happening now and people will see more change in 2011 – we've driven more elective surgery through our health reforms. #
  • Gillard: Delivering transformative change is achieved piece by piece… #auspol #
  • O'Brien: When can we see the change that has 'Gillard' stamped on it? #auspol #
  • Gillard: I was driven into public life by the transformative power of education… I continue to drive that agenda… #auspol #
  • O'Brien: What part did the govt's media strategy play in your difficult third year? #auspol #
  • Gillard: Our last exchange may demonstrate the problem with media…. #auspol #
  • O'Brien: Isn't regular feeding of the media beast of concern to you – what are you going to do to change it? #auspol #
  • Gillard: In 12 months if someone says "don't tell me you're still going on about education and workforce participation"… #
  • Mr. Squiggle's creator, Norman Hetherington, died today, aged 89: http://yfrog.com/g48u30j (via @downesy) #
  • @DanaScully2 Trouble is, it's just not convincing enough. She's a talking platitude. #
  • Mr. Squiggle: http://youtu.be/8UiujQrdtRY #
  • @kristinmoore2 Once upon a time… every Friday afternoon after school… of course, I'm talking Miss Pat. #
  • RT @AntonyGreenABC: #vicvotes Coalition prospects of Leg Council control improve with today's counting http://bit.ly/fwPRJB #
  • @Colvinius A lawyer friend of mine says it's a draconian provision (Howard?) but basically horseshit as far as Assange is concerned. #
  • @kristinmoore2 They're not Australian documents and Assange isn't an Aust public servant. It's nonsense. #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 50 (-2) LNP 50 (+2) #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Primary Votes: ALP 34 (-2) LNP 41 (+2) GRN 14 (0) #auspol #

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