My Latest Twitter Updates

  • It's always interesting to see how the rest of the world reports us. NPR on WikiLeaks & Assange: http://auspol.info/ep6gaY (via @IRanalyst) #
  • Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett to resign today. http://auspol.info/gAmeeF http://auspol.info/ejmqVl (via @newscomau) #
  • Bartlett's Facebook wall says he wants to be a better father… supports Lara Giddings as new Premier. http://auspol.info/i2qpFf #
  • Peter Van Onselen on Sky says Bartlett intends to stay in the Parliament and be a minister under Giddings. #
  • David Bartlett's resignation announcement on Facebook an hour ago: http://twitpic.com/3sjm3i #auspol #
  • David Bartlett's resignation announcement on Facebook is a social networking first in Australia. #
  • RT @arisharp: Surely a retrograde step when Facebook is where resignation is first announced rather than a press conference. #
  • .@arisharp But it does show a commendable contempt for the media. #
  • RT @buckley6697: it is like breaking up with a girl over Facebook. It is gutless #
  • .@buckley6697 No it's not – he's holding a press conference shortly. He's announced it on his terms and before it leaked – superb control. #
  • @smurray38 I'm sure those two girls are his nieces… #
  • "At least Kristina Keneally is rootable" – #NSWLaborElectionSlogans #DonPartiesOn #
  • @smurray38 Well, it's not really politics at all down there. More like fighting with the in-laws. #
  • @seamus_polsci Well, I did pay good money to go to the theatre to pick up that line. You can't get more classy than that. #
  • RT @LaraGiddings: Very sad to see David Bartlett going, but admire his courage and honesty in putting his family first. #
  • RT @LaraGiddings: I will be throwing my hat into the ring with a decision to be made by the Parliamentary Labor Party tomorrow. #
  • @seamus_polsci Your holier than thou-ness is showing. #
  • @smurray38 And how presumptuous of him – he should have leaked it to Fairfax/News/ABC. The cad. #
  • @Mahaut1329 Trouble is, the tradition you refer to is non-existent… #
  • Bartlett: I was elected when my children were 3 & 5… the job has become incompatible with being a good dad… #
  • Bartlett:… especially for my son Hudson who's 7… someone told me you only get 13 summers with your kids and then they're off… #
  • Bartlett: In a few weeks it will be the 10th anniversary of my first date with my wife… we need a bit more time with each other and family #
  • Bartlett: I look forward to nominating Lara Giddings as the next leader, the first woman… will be a great Premier… has my 100% support. #
  • Bartlett: There are always challenges in politics… it's never a good time to get out… #
  • Bartlett: Lara has asked me to support her by remaining in the Cabinet. #
  • Bartlett thanks his colleagues… it's been a pleasure and a privilege to be Labor leader and Premier. #
  • Bartlett thanks his staff, sometimes "cruelly" referred to as spin doctors… #
  • Bartlett says he's proud of probity laws he put in place… and education measures… #
  • Bartlett: Also proud of work we've done in sustainable infrastructure, especially railways and cycling… optic fibre… irrigation… #
  • Bartlett: I'm also proud of the formation of government after the March election… we need to make minority parliaments work. #
  • What was the crystallising moment, Bartlett is asked. Says one was when Hudson brought his homework home… #
  • Hudson wrote too often in his journal, "Daddy went to work this weekend"… #
  • Bartlett says Hudson hates going out in public with his father because he talks to everyone else but him… #
  • Bartlett says he will not contest the next election but will fulfill his "contract" with the electorate for this term. #
  • Q: Polls show Labor down to 22% – isn't that the real reason you're going? #
  • Bartlett: Polls bounce around, that's not the reason, I've got a young family, I've made a very personal decision on my relationships… #
  • Bartlett: Minority govts will be the norm for the next 2 decades – my goal was to prove it can work. I prefer non-adversarial politics. #
  • Bartlett: I would dearly love to go on with this job, a rare privilege only 42 other individuals have had, but I can't go on… #
  • Bartlett: In a decade or so I know I would regret not building the kind of relationships with my kids that I want… #
  • Bartlett: I'm proud of the way we handled the GFC, we got the hay out of the barn and saved jobs… #
  • Bartlett denies members of the caucus argued Lara Giddings was the person to turn things around… says they pledged their support for him. #
  • Bartlett says he does not expect to be Treasurer. #
  • Bartlett says again he would dearly love to go on in the Premier's job – I'm up for the tough times. #
  • Bartlett says he told Giddings on Jan 5 he was considering his future – made a decision 4 or 5 days ago. #
  • Bartlett's voice breaks when asked if he's sad. "Yes, I'm sad… but we've led a privileged life…" #
  • Mrs. Bartlett: I've supported him throughout, I love this man, I would rather be next to him than not… #
  • Bartlett: She has been a superb first lady, if you like… she describes it as being the anchor to the kite… she's my earthwire… #
  • Bartlett on foresty: If the parties want an agreement, Bill Kelty will make that happen, needs continuing trust… #
  • Bartlett says he rang Gillard yesterday to tell her of his decision. #
  • @rod_benson Nothing so grand, more like Home and Away. Have you ever heard so much drivel? #
  • Stupidest question of the day: "Shouldn't you have made this decision before the last election?" #
  • @BillfromBendigo My bucket's full already. #
  • Bartlett: I have a third career in me. My first was in IT, my second in politics. #ThatExplainsEverything #
  • Bartlett says he's 100% confident the Greens alliance will last a full term – says he and Giddings went to see McKim this morning. #
  • Bartlett says he's spoken to the Governor to informally advise him the current arrangements will continue under Giddings. #
  • Will Hodgman: Tasmanians deserve better… I appreciate Bartlett has his reasons but Tasmania once again in upheaval… #
  • Hodgman: Tasmania needs strong political leadership… we were promised stability… how can we have confidence in Labor-Greens alliance? #
  • Hodgman: Giddings is part of the problem…she's been beside Bartlett the whole way…a Premier resigning is not stable govt… #
  • Hodgman says it's astounding that Bryan Green could once again be Deputy Premier, especially after what the Greens said about him. #
  • Hodgman says Tasmania is being led by a government that's "ruddless"… #
  • Hodgman says the "new paradigm" in Tasmania not working. #
  • A Tasmanian reporter asks Hodgman whether Tasmania is going the way of NSW. #
  • @JennyEjlak It's like watching the changing of the guard at the local kindergarten… #
  • @VinnieTaskunas I said it was the first, I didn't say it was significant. It isn't really – just another way of issuing a press release. #
  • @JennyEjlak The trouble with that argument is that we'd never have any changes of govt if we insisted on prior experience in government! #
  • @JennyEjlak Whitlam, Cain, Goss led governments with no previous ministerial experience. Baillieu has 2 previous ministers as did Rudd. #
  • @JennyEjlak Your commitment to representative government is admirable! #
  • Thanks to the moron who posted this comment http://twitpic.com/3snzot on this page: http://auspol.info/cFV07U #
  • @ern_malleyscrub Watch FOX and you'll hear it all the time. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas But why? #
  • @r_marce @iBleeter Poe's Law, Eternal September – I'm learning so much tonight! #
  • @BiteTheDust I feel ill just reading that tweet. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas All he did was broadcast a message – could have emailed it, put it on his website, told a reporter – so what? #
  • @VinnieTaskunas And the rest of us heard about it as we always do: on TV or a News/Fairfax/ABC website. What's changed? The speed? #
  • @adullard You should see the traffic stats – it's amazing what people are looking for months and years after the event. #
  • @adullard Key words, tags, etc matter but it's pure content that makes the difference. 2 months on, no-one else offers what's on that page. #
  • @r_marce That's why I'm reviving and rejigging it – the traffic was coming even when I neglected it. It's a decent earner now. #
  • @r_marce That's why for another couple of months it will be split between WordPress format and the old (and ugly) static site. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas That's my point – it's all about controlling the message, managing the leak, etc. Nothing new in that, just the form. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas People said same things about radio, fax machines, mobile phones, email, etc. Politics hasn't changed, just the tools. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas You and I heard it on Twitter first but we're atypical. TV is still the main game. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas And so-called social media has nothing to do with improving political engagement and understanding… (cont) #
  • @VinnieTaskunas It allows politicians to control their message even more. More than ever we need the so-called MSM to be better at their job #
  • @r_marce That must have been the Rex Connor Loans Affair Reps debate from July 1975. So much stuff went missing around that time. #
  • @r_marce The transition from film to video meant a lot was lost as tapes were wiped and re-used. #
  • Sri Lanka's former Navy chief nominated as High Commissioner to Australia: http://auspol.info/gzr6s1- "problematic" because of human rights. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas I resist acronyms…. what on earth is MONA? #
  • Gillard has time to levy and recover, says Phillip Coorey: http://auspol.info/ekBdCF – but can she successfully advocate it? #
  • @sunili That piece gives the impression the nomination won't pass muster. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas Yes, I've heard of it! I thought you were referring to something political. #
  • @VinnieTaskunas Yes, I like Hobart but I haven't been there for 10 years. #

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