My Latest Twitter Updates

  • @rod_benson @ben_hr I don't recall giving #6PM 2 weeks. I gave myself two nights to check it out. I'm sure they'll stick with it but not me! #
  • @rod_benson The exclamation mark counts as a throwaway condemnation, not a prediction of longevity! #
  • @rod_benson It's another example, albeit trivial, of how difficult it is to be clear on this medium, even with the best of intentions. #
  • RT @AntonyGreenABC: #nswvotes ABC 2011 NSW Election website now live at: http://auspol.info/dQ9egS #
  • @Colvinius I don't think it was delayed – I remember reading it last night. Just assumed this morning was another summer holiday repeat… #
  • RT @Simon_Cullen: Independent MP Rob Oakeshott tells #ABC he's not convinced a flood levy is necessary. #
  • Craig Knowles, former NSW ALP minister, appointed to chair Murray-Darling Basin Authority: http://bit.ly/eoC2gK (via @ABCRural) #
  • Just listened to the complete 20 minute Gillard interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW: http://auspol.info/hAm18S #
  • Wayne Swan in Brisbane on the cost of flood damage: most impact in March quarter from coal production – 16 million tonnes down. #
  • Swan: Cruellest impacts felt by farming communities – around $1 billion hit in lost production, esp Qld fruit/veg $225 million. #
  • Swan: 32/33% of fruit and vegetables are grown in Queensland. Price spike to be expected, as happened with bananas after Cyclone Larry. #
  • Swan: Treasury estimates a half billion damage bill on top of damage to farming, mining and tourism. #
  • Swan: Two-thirds of funding comes from spending cuts, one-third from the levy. People ask why not fund it all from the budget? #
  • Swan: The answer is we must pay our way as we go from a growing economy… we have the strength to pay as we go. #
  • Swan on bringing the budget to surplus: doing so gives us more fire power for future battles and crises. #
  • Swan: What we're doing is reloading the fiscal cannon to allow us to deal with future problems and challenges. #
  • Swan: Borrowing to fund this package would have been the soft option. Pay as you go is the right way to go. #
  • @rod_benson Can I reinstate my unintentional prediction? http://auspol.info/ifvABe #
  • @Dawkinsb Hehe… 64-35 her way at the moment. #
  • @Dawkinsb Although I'm not sure what happened to the other 1% in a Yes-No poll… #
  • @ethdoggydog It will teach her not to pay due deference to someone who always knows best about everything. #
  • Tony Windsor on #730Report pushing for a permanent national disaster fund… won't says whether this is a deal-breaker for his vote on levy. #
  • Bob Katter on #730Report says he has conditions for his vote which he doubts the govt can meet so he will be voting against… #
  • Katter talks of regional Queensland being "spat upon", says he want guarantees of similar treatment for regional areas for his support… #
  • Katter says conditions in regional Qld in 2009 were much worse than they are in the south-east now… #
  • Katter: "Why should I vote to disallow my people from getting any help in the future?" #730Report #
  • @soshoemi Careful, this is not the day to be patronising… #
  • @lvlld La Nina? #
  • @seamus_polsci It's well watered. #
  • Fun & games (but no guillotine) in the Lords over the AV (preferential voting) referendum: http://auspol.info/giYKnQ (via @Politics_co_uk) #
  • It's 25 years today since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster: http://youtu.be/QRp3fhGxcBo http://auspol.info/dPUvL5 #
  • @johnalchin I saw it happen on Ch 7 too – it was a stinking hot night, I couldn't sleep and had to be up early. #
  • Their Own Private Europe: http://auspol.info/fFMXSr Paul Krugman on this Republican speech: http://youtu.be/B5CcdffQ0Ic – "interesting" #
  • Flood Levy Calculator: http://auspol.info/g8bCVL – a nice little site, ad-free, to calculate the levy. Better than the Treasury Excel file. #
  • @john_larkin Quoted and linked to your tweet this week: http://auspol.info/fm7CDN #
  • @genypolitweets Yes, it's very neat. Happy to promote it. #
  • @genypolitweets TweetDeck just does it automatically for me. Normally it doesn't shorten links that are already shorter… ? #
  • Cracker just isn't right tonight. #
  • Abbott has been all bark but no bite, says Michael Gordon: http://auspol.info/ijtghO – and the jury is out on Gillard. #
  • The receding flood waters expose the nakedness of Gillard & Abbott, says Peter Hartcher: http://auspol.info/gYuB1s #
  • Hartcher: The flood response confirms that the Gillard govt is cautious, timorous, & managerialist. This isn't necessarily bad, just small. #
  • As Knowles takes over the Murrary-Darling Basin Authority, the board may be next to be purged: http://auspol.info/fx8XHd #
  • Mike Carlton on the myth of Australian stoicism and turning 65 Berlusconi-style: http://auspol.info/flPNqb #
  • Malcolm Mackerras tips NSW: Libs 50, Nats 18, ALP 20, Ind 3, Greens 2. http://auspol.info/i6dLnI #
  • @LyndsayFarlow I deleted and corrected that one – he puts ALP on 20, Greens 2, Inds 3. #
  • @WilliamBowe Yes, I'm sticking to my cricket team prediction. #
  • @WilliamBowe Although I concede I don't know NSW the way I do Victoria – those safe seats might be harder to shift than appears. #

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