My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Draft 1: "The power under subsection (1) may only be exercised by the Minister personally." #
  • Draft 2: "The only conditiion for the exercise of the power..is that the Minister thinks that it is in the national interest.." #
  • "The minister..must have regard to whether or not the country has given Australia assurances…" #
  • @samanthamaiden So since Friday the amendments now require the 'designated country' not to expel an asylum seeker to another country… #
  • It's "un-Australian", says Sarah Hanson-Young… #
  • Bob Brown: "They say it's about the national interest… can't they read the opinion polls?" #
  • Gillard: The Australian people are "looking to this parliament" for resolution and not "politics as usual"… #qt #
  • What are the "substantial changes" from Friday to Monday, asks Scott Morrison. It's not a bad question if you read the 2 documents. #qt #
  • @crazyjane13 http://t.co/owg6O7gs #
  • Abbott: So why are the assurances from the processing country not required to be legally binding? #qt #
  • Ah, it would be "insulting to our friends in Malaysia" to require anything… #qt #
  • And the government's backbench is silent and looking grim… #qt #
  • "The Howard government" … first mention by Gillard in this #qt at 2.20pm. #
  • A "70 billion dollar crater" sounds so much more impressive than a black hole. #qt #
  • That's we want – the minister in this govt to be under the same obligations as his counterpart in the Howard govt. #qt #
  • Today's Essential Report poll: LNP 56, ALP 44 – no change. Primaries: ALP 32, LNP 49, Greens 10, Others 9 http://t.co/HYXlJHWm #
  • "We have devised the arrangement with Malaysia because we have been advised it will have the most deterrence." #qt #
  • @downesy I'm afraid so… #
  • @downesy Feel free to contra-bute again… #
  • Abbott to Gillard: how can you be satisfied with guarantees that are not legally binding? #qt #
  • Abbott: "How can an obligation be an obligation if it's not legally binding?" #qt #
  • Let's not have this casual insulting of our Malaysian friends, says Gillard. They are genuine in their commitments. #qt #
  • @AshGhebranious A Free Trade Agreement? #
  • Scott Morrison: What consequences would Malaysia face if an asylum seeker was detained, caned, etc? #qt #
  • Gillard: There will be an oversight body… on what evidence does he suggest Malaysia would not honour its commitments? #qt #
  • Gillard: Why would Malaysia not honour its commitments when it freely entered into the arrangement? #qt #
  • A voice in the gallery… "you're disgusting… all of you…" #qt #
  • Where's a good recalcitrant when you need one? #qt #
  • Stephen Smith on ANZUS: "an alliance that has served us well for 60 years but which continues to adapt to circumstances." #qt #
  • That's #qt done. Now I can turn my mind to the national interest. #
  • That #qt should go into the literature as a textbook study of how a government traps itself in a tangle of its own making. #
  • Alister Drysdale says the past week saw Gillard look like she belonged in her job: http://t.co/s7vIc8XW #
  • Tony Abbott is holding a press conference in Canberra on the migration amendments… #
  • Abbott: For at least a decade the coalition's position has been crystal clear: we will determine who comes to this country… #
  • Abbott: The right way to stop the boats is Nauru, TPVs and turning the boats around. Malaysia solution proved not to work. #
  • Abbott: The Friday amendments explicitly stripped out the protections Howard govt put in place… #
  • Abbott: The new proposal today concedes the force of our argument on Friday evening without actually addressing it. #
  • Abbott: Arguably, the govt's proposal today is an inferior proposal to Friday's because it increases the risk of judicial review… #
  • Abbott: I will be taking a proposal for amendments to our party room tonight.. #
  • Abbott: A proposal to restore offshore processing with countries that are signatories to the Refugee Convention. #
  • Abbott: Our proposal is a win-win: certainty with protections. #
  • On Friday the govt gave its amendments to Abbott. On Saturday he rejected them. On Monday morning Gillard amended her amendments… #
  • On Monday afternoon, Abbott rejected the amended amendments and proposed his own instead. #
  • And so the government never learns anything from its dealings with Abbott. #
  • @GrogsGamut It's the biggest political myth of the moment, that Gillard has any political skills at all. #
  • @AndrewCatsaras Indeed – they said no to him, whereas Gillard plays his game. #
  • Crabb: You can't do principle as a last resort. #
  • I cashed in some of my Amazon voucher payments and now I have a very dirty little secret: http://t.co/rW2SKRfo #
  • A note in my letterbox informs me of a crime wave in my neighbourhood: http://t.co/He7KsPg4 #
  • @2FBS But this was planned and involved a getaway car. I don't think you appreciate the seriousness of the situation. #
  • @2FBS Like Rick Perry, I believe in gun control: use both hands. #
  • @2FBS We never had this problem before Ted Baillieu was elected. #SoftOnCrime #
  • @2FBS I'm actually quite relaxed about it and those new plants in the front window look lovely. #
  • @2FBS No, it couldn't have been her. The note says it was planned… #
  • Interesting Gillard-Abbott body language on display in this Ch10 news report: http://t.co/uX1DfMe2 #
  • Plan B? This was at least Plan C. What's Plan D? #abc730 #
  • Bowen: "We have a very clear policy." #abc730 #
  • Feeney: "ADF personnel will be deployed on operations in Parlt House this week" http://t.co/yYzNmOGK – migration impasse resolved? #
  • An opponent of a bill of rights says the government's asylum problems could have been worse: http://t.co/vrXkqk4y #
  • Gillard: "We must make change work for us." #AIGspeech #
  • @awelder I've pencilled the mid-2012 Festival of Adoration into my diary! #
  • This is Gillard's 'winds of change' speech… #
  • The Thatcher references are now almost as frequent as the ones about Howard… #
  • Maintain the rage? Is nothing sacred? #4Corners #
  • @pltaylorTaylor Due tonight, I think. #
  • "I am that leader." #4Corners #
  • Gerard has a whole edition of Watchdog already. #QandA #
  • The opinion of Deputy Prime Ministers always wins me over. #QandA #
  • Sneering secularism… #
  • Now I'm worried that I may not be a good person. #QandA #
  • My favourite quote from Germaine Greer on an earlier #QandA "If there is a god, I'm opposed to him." #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 42 (+1) L/NP 58 (-1) #auspol #qanda #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Primary Votes: ALP 26 (-1) L/NP 48 (-2) GRN 13 (+1) #auspol #qanda #
  • Wondering if Keneally could win a by-election in Dobell. #QandA #
  • RT @MartinFoleyMP: It's a special skill needed to make tony abbott seem reasonable on human rights + #refugees But we managed #
  • Interesting piece on news sites publishing e-books: http://t.co/kWXkPBcP #
  • Interesting interview with Katharine Birbalsingh on #Lateline @Colvinius also spoke to her earlier on PM: http://t.co/C0a5VB6V #
  • Fill in the Blanks: http://t.co/UgVulq3A – Bill Keller, new columnist at the NYT, on Barack Obama. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Of all the people I thought might tell me that, I didn't think it would be you!! #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Gillard: Approval 27 (+4) Disapproval 61 (-7) #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Abbott: Approval 34 (-5) Disapproval 54 (+2) #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Preferred PM: Gillard 35 (+1) Abbott 40 (-3) #auspol #
  • ALP primary vote of 26% in Newspoll equals minor parties and independents: http://t.co/XPn5R7zP #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Not sarcasm… but "new columnist" was just my little joke for myself… #
  • Niki Savva: Pragmatic and principled reasons for Abbott to say no to Malaysia. http://t.co/k9Kv4FLI #
  • Michelle Grattan: Abbott in league with the Left but Gillard frustrated, humiliated and worse off than ever. http://t.co/Lv3Z8QJu #
  • @adrallud A laptop or an iPad could deliver the best of both worlds… #
  • Asylum-seekers, bikies and Bronwyn Bishop's serenely flawless hair: http://t.co/ZzuPT0mn – the inimitable Tony Wright. #
  • @adrallud Reading anything in bed is guaranteed to put me to sleep in seconds. #
  • This is probably the silliest thing you'll read in today's papers: http://t.co/LflkjerQ – the Green conspiracy in 'At Home With Julia'. #
  • Cyber war: All the way with the US in the fifth domain of warfare: http://t.co/OKq5AhSe – Peter Hartcher on redefining ANZUS. #
  • @therevmountain Indeed. 'Silly' is the only word I can think of for it. #
  • @therevmountain As Kissinger reputedly said, just because I'm paranoid it doesn't mean I'm not being followed… #
  • Ironically, legislation making it easier for asylum seekers to gain protection in Aust passed the Parlt yesterday: http://t.co/2UCmeBcr #
  • Keeping politicians accountable: http://t.co/FdJIqdFd – Phillip Hudson on the Parliamentary Budget Office. #
  • An amusing review of episode one of series two of Downton Abbey: http://t.co/8qGELI5X – minor spoilers only. #

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