My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Prime Minister Gillard is holding a press conference on the Christmas Island boat crash… #auspol #
  • Gillard: This is a tragedy… the facts will take some time to determine… border command first notified when the boat was in distress… #
  • Gillard: Search and Rescue was unable to reach the boat before it crashed into the rocks… #
  • Gillard: Most recent advice is 42 passengers rescued, 28 bodies recovered, a number of young people and children, overall numbers not known. #
  • Gillard: Passengers were of Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish origin. #
  • Gillard: Team of trauma counsellors, Red Cross officials and immigration officials is on its way to the island. #
  • Gillard: We condemn the trade of people smuggling, it is an evil trade, but Austs are responding today as human beings. #
  • Gillard: I want to pay tribute to the people of Christmas Island, to the professionalism of the Navy and Border Protection Command. #
  • Gillard: It's going to take some time to establish what happened… a WA coronial inquiry will take place… a Customs investigation… #
  • …. "criminal" not "Customs" investigation… #
  • Gillard: I am all in favour of frank and open conversations about policies in these areas but they are best held when informed by the facts. #
  • Gillard: Greens, Opposition and Independents invited to work with Government on a Standing Group… #
  • Gillard: This will ensure all have access to the same reports on the facts and operational processes. #
  • Gillard: Standing Group will first meet before end of the year when there is no risk of it diverting resources from rescue operation. #
  • Gillard: The boat approached Christmas Island in the dark under extreme weather conditions and wasn't seen until then. #
  • Gillard: The boat was sighted at 5.48am local time, washed onto shore line at Rocky Point around 6.30am (10.30am AEDT) #
  • Gillard on late tracking of the boat: In very rough and dangerous conditions there is a limit to what can be achieved with radar systems. #
  • Gillard says she spoke to Abbott in Japan to advise him of the announcements she has made. #
  • Gillard: Aust's history teaches us that when people set sail to reach Aust, fleeing war and persecution, tragedy occurs… #
  • Gillard: There is a real responsibility in the hand of the people smugglers… #
  • Gillard: There will be an Aust Federal Police investigation into the criminal aspects of this matter. #
  • Gillard is asked whether she is trying to share the govt's political risk with other political players… #
  • Gillard says she believes the debate is best informed by the facts – when everyone has the facts the debate can proceed. #
  • Gillard is asked whether the survivors of the disaster will be waking up behind the fences of the Christmas Island detention centre… #
  • She says assessment of claims will take place in due course… reaffirms govt's commitment to mandatory detention. #
  • A 2000 report on the JORN radar network says it has a 3000km detection capability. Relevant to Christmas Island? http://auspol.info/g36ujo #
  • @ModdityDodds You mean scratch tickets? #
  • Incoming government brief for Gillard in iPad format http://twitpic.com/3gd5hr #
  • RT @crackers_76: Serious question: would twitter grind to a halt if nobody read #trollumnists #LOLBolt #ohMiranda #
  • @VinnieTaskunas We'd better send her the TweetDeck iPad app… #
  • Some reflections on The News: http://auspol.info/eO5Scl #
  • @VinnieTaskunas Thanks. I was just looking at your blog – that's one swish set of offices for the RACT. #
  • @tasfromtas Thanks also – just sent you a DM. #
  • @ModdityDodds I used to make my mother buy the Women's Weekly because I was hooked on the Mandrake comic strip! #
  • RT @TimMontgomerie: Spin alive in the House of Lords canteen http://yfrog.com/gz8z3uj #
  • In the Bitter New Washington: http://auspol.info/hYRF4E – Elizabeth Drew on the shrinking Obama, the recent elections and the GOP. (NYRB) #
  • RT @Aiannucci: At last, The Thick of It app, Malcolm's Missing Phone, is now out. http://j.mp/TuckerApp. Turns your phone into Malcolm's. #
  • I'm very tempted… but I've never spent $8.99 on an app before… #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin It's very hard to resist… look what you get: http://auspol.info/gvUCOh #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin It should be one-off for that price. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin That's what you say now… then you discover all the other goodies. #
  • . @Kimbo_Ramplin Good heavens, you can actually get the National Curriculum on a free iPhone app. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin I've got it! It asked for my password, I entered it and was rejected, so it told me to enter a typical Tucker 4-letter word! #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Not quite but you have the idea! I'm just listening to a voicemail from Ollie Reeder… #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Recent Calls shows calls from "Remtard Remington", "Shitfinger", "Pumpkin Tits", "Threeway Derek" & "FFS It's Nicola Murray" #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin And there's a series of text messages and responses which are hilarious. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin And there's a batch of emails, including a template Resignation document! #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin There's a batch of tweets, eg: "Behind the door is picture of Aust cricket team praying to the baby Jesus. #fuckoffponting #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin He's annoyed he's not trending on Twitter: "I'm not fucking Stephen Fry but SOME reognition would be nice." #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin It's going to take ages to read all this. There's documents, including "Guide on How To Use a Focus Group". #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin "There are lies, damned lies and fucking cunting focus groups." #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin And a Guide to Journalism… "they are shallow, venal, self-serving fuckpumps with an inflated sense of their own importance" #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin "A minister ambushed by these fucking weasels will wake up the following morning as a dislocated jumble of bruises, broken… #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin …bones and lacerations, moaning softly underneath a snappy intro." #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin "Columnists are all vain wankers…personal insults posted anonymously on the internet can wound, so ALWAYS retaliate" #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin There's pages and pages of it – these are mere snippets. It's like reading a whole series of scripts. Worth every cent. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin On cartoonists: "…just failed artists who couldn't draw the fucking curtains, never mind a proper caricature." #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin One more… on bloggers: "…kid themselves they are mavericks…when they claim they can't be bought they actually… #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin …fucking mean they never get paid. For 'unbribeable read 'unemployable'. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Get an iPhone! #
  • @ern_malleyscrub Will have to change my username to @mtucker #
  • Election trivia: Today, Dec 16, is the anniversary of the 2nd federal election in 1903 which saw Alfred Deakin re-elected over George Reid. #
  • Deakin's Protectionist Party was supported in the House by the ALP, against Reid's Free Traders. #
  • Dec 16 is also the anniversary of the 1922 federal election won by Billy Hughes's Nationalists over the Matthew Charlton's ALP. #
  • However, the Country Party won the balance of power and refused to serve under Hughes who was replaced with Stanley Bruce. #
  • Just imagine what Tony Abbott would have said if the Prime Minister was deposed AFTER winning an election… #
  • @meredithart Great, great uncle, I believe. http://auspol.info/hAW40u http://auspol.info/hFfTqy #
  • The 10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010: http://auspol.info/hvM31i – don't cringe, it's very nicely presented… #
  • @emilybwebb I'm just reading the document on How to Behave in Public and Private… a marvellous line about Clinton under War Memorials… #
  • RT @BreakingNews: British judge rejects appeal against bail for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange; he will be freed – AP #
  • RT @cjjosh: RT @MarkTobinSydney: Why I like ABC Radio newsreader John Hall. http://twaud.io/qRR2 #
  • @ebony_bennett There are some marvellous lines in there for someone in your position…! #
  • The Australian – WikiLeaks: Gillard 'after top job a year before coup' http://auspol.info/fv5cu4 – Don Farrell talking to the Americans now. #
  • Dennis Shanahan says "At last, a cable with real repercussions" but these were published by The Age 2 days ago. http://auspol.info/gB8WQh #
  • @prestontowers Read the cables – same ones The Age published earlier – there's not much in this beat-up. #
  • @AyaReina Yes, but there's nothing much in this. The Aust doesn't even have new cables as far as I can tell, just running with Fairfax's. #
  • @AyaReina There's actually very few of them, just this so far: http://auspol.info/gB8WQh #
  • @prestontowers In this case, definitely. #
  • Ugly debate brews: http://auspol.info/fVpJ1m – Michelle Grattan continues to provide the most consistent analysis of political events. #
  • @AyaReina No, no!! I was just trying to work out what was new in The Aust's stories but there's nothing. Media rivals playing games. #
  • Alone in her big tent, Gillard might have to make a decision without relying on cover: http://auspol.info/gOvzZh – Phillip Coorey #
  • "This is a moment for the PM to lead, not a moment for a committee," says Rob Oakeshott, a man with a vital vote: http://auspol.info/gZBu50 #
  • @richardtuffin Dream on! #
  • @richardtuffin I think the biggest danger in this is that the govt will cock up the politics like it's done on just about everything else. #

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