My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan, Stephen Conroy, Penny Wong and Mike Quigley are holding a press conference on the NBN Business plan… #
  • Gillard: In each century we have seen major developments – the telegraph in 19th cent, the copper rollout in the 20th century … #
  • Gillard: Fibre rollout can be delivered for a lesser cost than first forecast… can be delivered with uniform base wholesale price of $24 #
  • Gillard: Business card confirm rollout to 1.7million homes and businesses by 2013. #
  • "case" not "card"…! #
  • Gillard: Wholesale access price of $150/month for 1,000mb/sec. #
  • Conroy: The NBN Business case confirms the NBN is affordable – in fact we cannot afford not to implement it. #
  • Conroy: The corporate plan confirms taxpayers will get their investment back with interest. #
  • Conroy: The $24/month price is for 12mb/sec download and 1mb/sec upload. #
  • Conroy: Households to be provided with battery back-up in event of a network blackout in order to ensure continuous phone service. #
  • Conroy: 2010 is the year the Gillard government's vision became a reality. 2011 is the year to focus on devliery. #
  • What's a reasonable retail price for people, Gillard is asked: "Retail prices will be set by the market – golden rule is more competition." #
  • Gillard: The NBN case factors in a declining wholesale price in real and nominal terms. #
  • @Nick_Allardice Doesn't membership of one depend on the other? #
  • Reporter asks why $27bn better spent on the NBN than on hospitals and schools when most people will just be watching IPTV via NBN… #
  • Conroy: We can chew gum and walk at the same time… NBN is about health and education… plus we're investing separately in those areas. #
  • Conroy: The NBN business plan shows that we're not losing money – taxpayers' investment will be returned with interest. #
  • @Nick_Allardice Buy Crikey and burn The Australian – rules of membership for Twitter…. #
  • "Build sites", "peak build sites", "build structure", "connect points"… the NBN language flows freely at this press conference. #
  • Conroy: Vodafone chief executive told me if we do this Vodafone will enter the fixed market – hard to find a bigger endorsement of NBN. #
  • Conroy: NBN Business case predicts 1.7million premises connected by 2013 with take-up rate of about 600,000. #
  • NBN Business case and other documents are available from Communications Department here: http://auspol.info/g71wKq #
  • Quigley: A voice-only plan for consumers will contain no price increase. #
  • A remarkable question from a reporter about the haves and have-nots – is 12mb/sec for the poor? #
  • Gillard: The basic service is faster than anything most Australians have ever seen or used. #
  • Gillard on Christmas Island: Best estimates is around 90 people were on the boat – around 18 people not accounted for. #
  • Gillard: Govt has no plans to increase the humanitarian intake…millions of people around the world are on the move…we do our fair share. #
  • Gillard on mining tax: The Policy Transition Group process is bringing the agreement into life and is working positively. #
  • Gillard is at her most comfortable when she is defending processes… #
  • And now the Prime Minister is asked about a ring she is wearing… says she changed hands with this particular ring… #
  • Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull are holding a press conference on the NBN in Sydney… #
  • Abbott: This remains just as bad an investment today as it was yesterday… #
  • Turnbull: Costs are continuing to blow-out. Taxpayer component has jumped from $26bn to $27bn… #
  • Turnbull: This is no nirvana of cheaper broadband for Australians… no evidence in the documents of a requirement for 100mb speed. #
  • Turnbull: Not all Austs have access to fast broadband – we would have brought access to blackspots. Most Austs will have to wait a decade. #
  • Turnbull: We are all committed to fast, affordable broadband… but the Productivity Commission should have worked out a cost-effective way. #
  • A question to Abbott/Turnbull about schools and hospitals: Abbott says hardly a school/hospital not connected to fibre. #
  • Turnbull: The govt hasn't pointed to the household applications that require this high speed-we proposed a network of networks to cover all. #
  • Turnbull: Govt is confusing the means with the end… fibre is only one option and certainly the most expensive… #
  • Turnbull: Best way is to build infrastructure as they come, not on the basis of "build it and they will come". #
  • Turnbull: To build a technological infrastructure on the basis you know what will happen in 30 years is folly – potentially white elephant. #
  • And the press conference on News24, broadcast "Live by Broadband", just dropped out… #
  • Sky News Business is broadcasting the press conference by telephone… #
  • Turnbull on internet TV – services such as Fetch and NetFlix (sp?) – are being broadcast on current networks. #
  • Abbott: What our policy will always be is to respect the taxpayer… this is a govt that blew money on roof bats, school halls… #
  • @upulie You're thinking of national testing… #
  • @ben_hr A better list than where? #
  • @Drag0nista If you haven't read Postman's book, the chapter on politics is worth a look. 25 years on, it's still on the mark. #
  • RT @peter_tonoli: Amusing ourselves to death – who was right, Orwell or Huxley? http://auspol.info/eRNDsG #
  • @anaya_latter Definitely the former. #
  • @anaya_latter At least I solved your hyperbole problem in one foul swoop… #
  • RT @BBCWorld: BBC correspondent Brian Hanrahan, best known for his coverage of the Falklands War, has died after a short illness at 61. #
  • Hanrahan: "I counted them all out and I counted them all back." #
  • @Colvinius 61 is young, however you measure it. Back then I taught the book he wrote with Robert Fox with that famous line as its title. #
  • @ben_hr On the basis that the more obvious television moments have been nominated… #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 1. The Tasmanian Governor gives the political leaders a lesson in how constitutional parliamentary democracy works. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 2. The South Aust ALP suffers a 2-party swing of 8.4%, polls 48.4% of the 2PP, but loses only 2 seats to win easily. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 3. The defeat of the Brumby ALP government in Victoria, predicted by next to no-one until the last minute. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 4. Tony Abbott's campaigning skill. Startling clarity and simplicity. Still underestimated today. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 5. The protests in various parts of the Murray-Darling basin in the past couple of months. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 6. Watching Kevin Rudd at the swearing in of the Gillard ministry after the election. http://auspol.info/caRTDD #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 7. The House of Reps debate on same-sex marriage. An impressive demonstration of how good this debating forum can be. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 8. The parade of Labor MPs leaving Parlt House on the night of June 23, denying a challenge to Rudd was underway. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 8a. Special mention to Daryl Melham. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 9. The moment when Rudd decided not to call an early election on the ETS. Or was that a 2009 moment? #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • 10. The year of the two elections: (1) July 17-Aug 21 & (2) Aug 22-Sep 7 & just about everything either side of these. #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • @JayMcDowall It may well have been – doesn't mean it wasn't effective. He continues to out-gun the govt using the same tactics. #
  • @iBleeter That's the conventional view – in the light of later events and Abbott's tactics who knows if they might have lost it anyway? #
  • @griffithchad The first will undoubtedly come at midnight on New Year's Eve when the 1980 Cabinet Papers are released! #
  • @seearjay How do you mean? #
  • @Tzarimas Prime Minister Jim Hacker: Honesty always gives you the advantage of surprise in the House of Commons. #
  • "You'll never see your meat fallen," says a piece of spam email that somehow slipped through. #
  • @karalee_ You mean I've been conned into something everyone else ignored? #
  • @IanHanke I think you might be taking it a bit more seriously than I was… #
  • @karalee_ Now you've insulted me too… I'm no wonk (unless you've got your vowels mixed up) and strictly republican. #
  • @DanOnymity I don't dare click the link to check… #
  • RT @gordongraham: "..they're either liars or..clunkheads. Actually,they are liars & clunkheads" L. Tingle on the Libs #2010PoliticalMoments #
  • @karalee_ Yes, t'was a joke… #
  • @karalee_ On the contrary, Twitter is ideally suited to nuanced sarcasm, although most of us prefer gratuitous offence as a first option. #
  • @theburgerman "Well of course things have changed, you senile old git." http://auspol.info/gipAka #
  • Monitoring America: http://auspol.info/gcTHnU – Washington Post investigation into the "vast domestic intelligence apparatus". #
  • Daring to dream large: http://auspol.info/hKsNRJ – Katharine Murphy on the NBN & Labor's assertion of a character & identity lacking so far. #
  • Conspiracy fears at fever pitch: http://auspol.info/hobEv8 – Tanveer Ahmed on the 9/11-WikiLeaks "conspiracy" & the stifled voice of reason. #

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