My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard is giving a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra… #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Aust Day in Toowoomba yesterday was different from any other I've experienced… wanted them to know we won't let them go. #npc #
  • Gillard: The floods may prove to the most expensive natural disaster we've ever had. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Qld is worst affected but there are effects in nearly every state… even the ocean floor of Moreton Bay needs cleaning up. #npc #
  • Gillard: Today's estimate of flood budget costs -$600m, $120m for immediate disaster relief payments. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Estimates $3.9bn in Queensland. The cost to the Federal Budget currently estimated at $5.6 billion. #
  • Gillard: Treasury estimates GDP growth a 0.5% less in next quarter. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: If we can pay for the rebuilding now, we should do so. Borrowing is a soft option and I'm not prepared to do it. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: In a growing economy we pay as we go. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: We don't just need money, we need concrete, bricklayers, etc. Unprecedented demand for skilled labour creates pressure. #npc #
  • Gillard specifically mentions govt investments in vital infrastructure including high speed broadband. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Sound economic principles says we should not add to demand capacity pressures. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: An immediate upfront $2 billion payment to Queensland. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Queensland Reconstruction Authority will handle the funding. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: A one-off levy to begin July 1. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Levy of 0.5% $50,000-$100,000; 1% on incomes above $100,000. Those under $50,000 pay nothing. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Someone on $100,000 will pay just under $5/week. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Levy will raise $1.8 billion. #npc #auspol #
  • RT @Pollytics: Actual story: Flood damage not as big as expected, not big enough to hit economy hard… #
  • Gillard: Some infrastructure projects will be deferred, including 6 road projects in Queensland. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: We will cut some spending programs and defer others – various carbon abatement programs to go. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: These programs will go because I am determined to ensure a price on carbon. Best way to reduce carbon is to price it. #npc #auspol #
  • RT @latikambourke: cuts include green car, carbon capture storage, solar hot water rebate, solar homes and communities, and global capture #
  • Gillard: 457 visa program for skilled migrants will have quicker approvals for migrants who work on flood rebuilding – 5-day turnaround. #
  • Gillard: A $2 cut in spending for every dollar raised by the levy. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard announces support for 4000 jobseekers to move to Qld. "If you can stick it out, we will help you get there." #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard pays tribute to Brisbane's "amazing army" of people who helped out… "having reflected I move forward." #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: "Having put out a hand, we won't let go." #npc #auspol #
  • Grattan question: Are there any mechanisms to ensure money is spent properly and speeding up programs doesn't produce rorting? #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard says there is discipline in the package and various measures to ensure efficiency. #npc #auspol #
  • Coorey question: If budget bottom line is better in May, will you wind back some of the cuts? #
  • Gillard: I don't anticipate the damage bill is going to go under the figures I've specified today. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: We will rebuild Queensland and bring the budget to surplus in 2012-13. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: We have calibrated the levy – this is not like the Medicare Levy. I want to emphasise that. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Under 50,000 pay nothing. Those on 60,000 will pay around $1/week. #npc #auspol #
  • RT @AustralianLabor: @juliagillard – #NPC Transcript: "I see what needs to be done and I will do it " http://ow.ly/3KYoK #auspol #qldfloods #
  • RT @1petermartin: Gillard: If you earn $50,001 you will only pay the levy on $1 of earnings #npc #qldfloods #
  • Gillard has announced abolition, deferral or capping of: Green Car Innovation Fund, Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme, Solar Hot Water Rebate. #npc #
  • Also: Green Start, Solar Homes and Communities Plan, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, Carbon Capture & Storage Flagships. #
  • How will you decide who has been flood-hit, Gillard asked. How much water? #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Flood affected persons identified via disaster recovery payments currently being made. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard is asked whether she now regrets the $900 payments in the stimulus package… #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Imagine if we were coming to this recovery task with the economy weak. The targeted stimulus was essential. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard asked if it's time for a permanent disaster relief fund. Gillard says a "national conversation" on that will come later. #npc #
  • Gillard says she's spoken to Windsor and Oakeshott this morning about programs specifically relevant to them. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: If it was good enough for the Liberals to have an election promise for a levy, how can they justify not supporting this? #npc #
  • Language notes: Re-profiling and re-sequencing… the footprint of government receding… #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: This is the right package and people should come to the Parliament to support it. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: This is opposition for opposition's sake, business as usual from the coalition. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard: Before questions are put to Bandt, Windsor or Oakeshott, they should be put to Mr. Abbott. #npc #auspol #
  • Gillard's press club appearance has concluded. A brisk and impressive performance. #npc #auspol #
  • Greens deputy leader Senator Christine Milne is speaking in Hobart: Rebuilding is critical, we remain open to funding ideas… #
  • Milne: But we think it's cutting off your nose to spite your face to cut climate change programs… #auspol #
  • Milne: We want to talk to the govt about alternatives.. about going back to the mining super profits tax… #auspol #
  • Milne: It doesn't make sense to cut programs to raise funds to rebuild coal infrastructure projects. #auspol #
  • Milne says the waters around Australia are warmer than ever – with La Nina you get more extreme weather events made worse by climate change. #
  • Tony Abbott has announced that the coalition opposes the flood levy. Says it's "unnecessary" because there is "fat" in the budget. #auspol #
  • Abbott: They know there is fat in the budget and that is what they should be drawing on to pay for this flood damage. #auspol #
  • Abbott: A lot of people who don't deserve to be hit up will be hit up by this tax. #auspol #
  • Asked about his child care levy proposal during the election, Abbott says don't forget it was accompanied by a company tax cut. #auspol #
  • Abbott says exemptions from the levy depend on eligibility for Centrelink payments – says many with minor damage will be hit with levy. #
  • Treasury has a flood levy calculator on its website: http://auspol.info/gRfMnb – Excel spreadsheet #
  • @bondles9 It was in Sydney – they only had stenographers… #
  • Rob Oakeshott has provided a comment on the flood levy on his Facebook page / iPhone & iPad apps. Listen: http://twaud.io/qgcw #
  • @crazyjane13 It's the wonders of "social media". You don't have to go through all those reporters all the time. Who can blame him?! #
  • From @Pollytics: What's a 1.8 billion levy look like? http://auspol.info/foi1am – "floods aren't costing nearly as much as..earlier feared" #
  • Coorey: The true test for Gillard now is whether she can sell her flood rebuilding package. http://auspol.info/hR92ti (via @NationalTimesAU) #
  • @Colvinius But I have to watch #6PM .. #
  • @crazyjane13 But Tony is on… #
  • @crazyjane13 I gave it two looks as a kind of Australia Day indulgence but life is too short to give it any more time. #
  • @Pollytics That's less than the cost of their iPad app isn't it? #
  • In Utah, what do the seagull, coal, square dancing and the Browning M1911 pistol have in common? http://auspol.info/e3ntj6 #
  • 25 Years of Digital Vandalism: http://auspol.info/fte6mM – the road to Iran's centrifuges began with a wheel clamp in Lahore. #
  • Tussling Over Jesus: http://auspol.info/g7GGrw – a life-saving termination for a 27yo woman, an excommunicated nun & US Catholic hospitals. #
  • @TommyTudehope How do you mean? #
  • @mpbowers I tried to send you 2 "I'm not" messages but TweetDeck wouldn't accept a duplicate message. This is why I should avoid humour. #
  • @DanielleCronin Ta muchly. I notice you got the "we will have a national conversation about that later" question today! #
  • Gillard now in the I of a storm: http://auspol.info/fOxEP5 – Michelle Grattan on the personal pronoun and Gillard's authority. #
  • Andrew Wilkie is running Tasmania, if this piece in The Australian is to be believed: http://auspol.info/ftzTvv #
  • Malcolm Fraser says liberty and high principle are rarely part of US foreign policy. Remember the Nazis? http://auspol.info/gr15uG #
  • The ALP's Broadmeadows preselection is in turmoil but it's hard to see the Supreme Court ordering a ballot. http://auspol.info/fLYPht #
  • Peter Hartcher on the conservatism of Gillard's rescue plan and its swipe at the Labor Left: http://auspol.info/gYHM2j #
  • @rod_benson I simply can't think a riposte to "reign depression"… #
  • Jessica Irvine says the flood levy is a dumb idea, a sop to deficit hawks from a lazy, weak-willed govt: http://auspol.info/ftAB4d #
  • @melbourneninja I don't disagree with that but the party rules are quite clear – the National Executive can intervene to impose a candidate. #
  • @prestontowers Greens not happy, no word yet from Fielding, no commitments from Windsor/Oakeshott – it may not even pass… #
  • With Aust connections.. RT @arusbridger: Dug up from the dusty archives: my piece on the 1st day at Wapping, 25 ys ago. http://bit.ly/gRhBzC #
  • @roooney83 It's not part of the Budget – legislation to be introduced in 2 weeks times. #
  • @roooney83 Yes, that's true, but imagine the brawl if it gets to that point – and all for $1.8bn. #
  • @uniondave Yes, too true. Famous last words but I'd still put my money on no order from the Court in the morning. #
  • @uniondave "The court found..that the party had failed to uphold its own rules." Is there any doubt about the Nat Exec's power to preselect? #

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