My Latest Twitter Updates

  • The "world's greatest Treasurer" won't be attending #qt the Prime Minister informs the House… #
  • Abbott to Gillard: Once the Malaysia policy reaches its 800 limit, what policy will you adopt next? #qt #
  • Gillard: The Opposition is ignoring the nation's interests… pass the legislation… stop the filibuster… #qt #
  • Gillard: "The leadership questions the nation faces" are not about the Opposition Leader's narrow political interests… #qt #
  • Abbott: But your policy was struck down by the High Court, and is opposed by half your party, including John Faulkner… #qt #
  • Gillard: The issue here is that executive government should stump up and have the power to make these decisions for the nation… #qt #
  • Gillard: He's hoping in his heart of hearts that we will see lots more boats… #qt #
  • First govt question from Michelle Rowland: what is the govt doing to protect offshore processing… #qt #
  • And so it will no doubt go for the next 90 minutes… the Bourbons live. #qt #
  • Even former Labor leaders like Mark Latham can see that Malaysia is an inferior policy, says Mr Truss, with the trace of a smile. #qt #
  • Why are you repudiating the expert advice of the same people who advised the Howard govt, asks Gillard. You don't care about what works. #qt #
  • Gillard quotes former WA Liberal leader Bill Hassell in support of her policy… #qt #
  • Another question on asylum seekers from Laurie Ferguson, his second this week. There's a message there about caucus support. #qt #
  • John Alexander (Lib-Bennelong) – will you still accept the 4000 refugees from Malaysia if your plan dies? #qt #
  • Gillard says she wants to implement her plan and give a new life to refugees… #qt #
  • Andrew Wilkie with a question to Macklin on poker machine reform – "these historic reforms". #qt #
  • Government Whip Joel Fitzgibbon wants Albanese to tell him why it's important for MPs on all sides to work together… #qt #
  • A media offensive… #qt #
  • @jonkudelka It's a collective noun. #
  • Reflections on the chair will be allowed to glide but they will be remembered, the Speaker says darkly. #qt #
  • Phillip Ruddock to Gillard: Why won't you swallow your pride and open up Nauru? Are you afraid it might work? #qt #
  • Gillard: There's huge legal risk in Nauru, according to expert advice from the Solicitor-General… #qt #
  • @mishaschubert Always forgive, never hold a grudge, but make sure you get even. #
  • Chris Hayes (ALP-Fowler) with a question to Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor about the sensitivities of border protection personnel. #
  • O'Connor talks of SIEV-X. There's a comprehensive record here: http://sievx.com #qt #
  • Julie Bishop to Gillard on the UN vote on Palestinian statehood. How will we vote and have you spoken to Rudd about it this week? #qt #
  • @mishaschubert @jonkudelka @PaulaMatthewson http://t.co/Z9J42O2I #
  • Bronwyn Bishop to Gillard: Has the Foreign Minister sought & been granted permission in writing to travel? And what of his travel spending? #
  • Laura Smyth (ALP-LaTrobe) to Crean on the benefits to working conditions of the Fair Work Act… #qt #
  • A trip down memory lane with Mr Crean, touching on Corrigan, John Howard's brother, WorkChoices, et al. Politics was so much nicer then. #qt #
  • Mr. Roy to Gillard on the excessive travel costs of the Foreign Minister. Will you check his phone records? #qt #
  • And here you see how inadequate Gillard is in the House. A golden opportunity for humour missed. #qt #
  • Steve Gibbons (ALP-Bendigo) to Combet on the implications of a carbon price and something about expert analysis. #qt #
  • @GrogsGamut But you need to have wit and a sense of humour to manage it… #
  • Pyne tries a question on Dobell but Gillard isn't biting. #qt #
  • Amanda Rishworth (ALP-Kingston) to Garrett on education funding… the Education Revolution is raised by Mr Garrett… #qt #
  • "When they walk into new rooms with whiteboards up the front they are learning well…" #qt #
  • A skills pathway…for confident learners…with transparency via MySchool…and national teacher standards and curriculum… #qt #
  • Joe Hockey to Gillard regarding carbon tax facts… how is this the time to introduce a carbon tax 4 times the size of Europe's? #qt #
  • Mr Emerson on the evils of protectionist sentiments… #qt #
  • These rascally, pesky foreigners… #qt #
  • "The only foreigners the Opposition Leader likes are the people smugglers – he's telling them to come on down." #qt #
  • Gillard says 20 questions have been asked. Mr. Pyne says its only 19. In any event, the PM asked for them to all go on notice… #qt #
  • Marvellous! Bronwyn Bishop's MPI stymied by Albo asking for the "business of the day to be called on". #qt #
  • A division to enable the business of the day to be called on. A vote on the migration amendments must be imminent. #qt #
  • Light reading for the division: Peter Botsman says it's time to bring back the Red Dog as Prime Minister: http://t.co/7g6SYzWY #
  • An email from Inside Canberra says it's for sale. Expressions of interest sought. #
  • Ayes 69, Nos 68 and the business of the day is called on… Katter rises to speak on the Migration Amendments. #
  • Katter says he's again in a minority of one – his is a "stay on the boats" policy… #
  • Katter: There is some definite appeal in what the government is putting… but neither option appeals to me… #
  • And Katter's time runs out… I'm assuming he's a NO vote… #
  • Laurie Ferguson, suddenly vocal in his support for the govt this week, says positions on this issue have been stereotyped. #
  • Rob Oakeshott says he doesn't support either side. Favours a regional co-operation framework – the Bali process. Will move amendment. #
  • @TommyTudehope Parliamentary democracy in action, surely? Members proposing and disposing. The dictation of the party machines overcome! #
  • @BiancaSteman I've no idea. #
  • It's 60 years today since the Communist Party Dissolution referendum was defeated. YES 49.44% NO 50.56% Qld/WA/Tas voted YES. #
  • 1951 Communist Party Dissolution referendum – the bill is available here: http://t.co/WwJL3F27 (PDF) #
  • @mumbletwits Yes – a damned close run thing! #
  • @GeoffPolHist I'd take a little bet that we never see that referendum. #
  • Amid the panic, a sense of purpose: http://t.co/lr73fl48 – Frank Bongiorno on the 1951 anti-communist legislation and referendum. #
  • Superb publications RT @ParlLibrary: Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing & Other Measures) Bill 2011: http://t.co/EKtAj13d #
  • RT @mishaschubert: House adjourning – so this debate on asylum will run for another three weeks. #
  • Anyone up-to-date on Belgium? Am I right in thinking they still haven't resolved last year's election? Even Mr Google isn't clear. #
  • Rodney Cavalier in fine form in The Australian today http://t.co/uVWXMSwn and just now on #PM #
  • Cavalier: Union heavies will only face the crisis in the ALP when they realise there's no quota in any upper house for their own escape. #PM #
  • Ah, the light on the hill is burning brightly in the old home town: http://t.co/ulbVkA8u #
  • @thetiprat Actually that's very helpful – thanks. #
  • Sophie Mirabella: Power, love and money. http://t.co/ZstgvVh5 #
  • Sophie's choice: the professor, the politician and the family feud. http://t.co/qnIHC1Wc #
  • Michelle Grattan: Watch out powerbrokers. Trouble is brewing with the troops. http://t.co/uc4HzNdB – an Arab spring in the Aust autumn? #
  • Peter Hartcher: Labor wonders if Captain Kev can steer away from the rocks. http://t.co/LZWMAFpu – and signs of Rudd's doubts? #
  • Claims of "inappropriate sexual behaviour" by a NSW state government MP: http://t.co/xDiRXJdS – "a lewd act in a public laneway" #
  • Graham Richardson: PM delivers more failure. http://t.co/dtc2ORZa – movement at the station or are the lemmings in place for the end? #
  • Dennis Shanahan: Frustration only builds http://t.co/cJV1wgbQ – "It has begun … the first phase of destabilisation." #

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