My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Two days ago: "Invitation to Rudd leaves Slipper's future in doubt" http://t.co/UdECMAEW #
  • Harry Jenkins' resignation speech: http://t.co/u2LaJEuA #
  • " .. as often as the office of Speaker becomes vacant the House shall again choose a member to be the Speaker." http://t.co/FOwxM8rD #
  • Abbott press conference: "This is clearly a government in crisis." #
  • Abbott: The Speaker went to see the G-G this morning. Frankly, it should have been Julia Gillard. #
  • Abbott makes historically inaccurate comparison with the resignation of Speaker Cope in 1975. #
  • RT @murpharoo: Abbott: Slipper will be expected to resign. #
  • Abbott: "What happens in the electorate of Fisher (Slipper's electorate) is a matter for the lay party." #
  • Abbott raises the question of the Malaysian solution legislation. If it now were to pass the House, would still fail in the Senate. #
  • Abbott: The resolution of the coalition party room this morning was that no member of the party room should accept nomination for Speaker. #
  • Peter Slipper is now simply "the member in question" … #
  • Vince Gair: Qld ALP Premier 1957 -> ratted and became a DLP senator -> re-ratted and accepted an ambassadorial post from Whitlam in 1974. #
  • Jim Cope: Labor Speaker 1972-75. After naming Minister Clyde Cameron, the govt voted against Cameron's suspension. Cope resigned. #
  • Slipper deal sealed a week ago: http://t.co/bs0eiGjX (via @Owenjay) #
  • @J1m_McDonald Cope's resignation bears no relation to Jenkins. But in practice, provision of a Speaker is the 1st responsibility of the govt #
  • @CameronBurge Indeed. #
  • @J1m_McDonald Yes, of course but in practice the govt has to find the Speaker. It's simple numbers because the Speaker doesn't vote. #
  • @J1m_McDonald And unless the House elects a Speaker it can't conduct any other business, so the govt has to find someone. #
  • Old Labor saying: "Once a rat, always a rat." #
  • This is how much Peter Slipper costs: http://t.co/8dKZaRAc #
  • @lapuntadelfin Even in triumph, the venality of the rat shouldn't be overlooked. #
  • Malcolm Farr: "Sinking in the Slipper to restore some order to Parly" http://t.co/FmYShovq #
  • @rod3000 And they can't even afford to send him overseas! #
  • "Peter Slipper stands to gain an additional $75,000 a year as Speaker" http://t.co/XjN0LXqz – not to mention 2 years of extra super. #
  • @lapuntadelfin Ah… #
  • @sspencer_63 Perhaps he should have demanded a ministry? #
  • @mrumens No, it's purely about gaining an extra number on the floor of the Reps. #
  • Politics on the Gold Coast described as a "cesspit" on The World Today! #
  • Thank god for A-PAC. You don't have to listen to the inane commentary… #
  • Clerk reads the letter from the Governor-General, inviting the House to elect a new Speaker… #
  • Daryl Melham nominates Peter Slipper. #
  • Melham says Slipper "eminently qualified". #
  • Melham: Slipper has a "strong love" for "the procedures of this place". #
  • Melham: He fits the bill impeccably… #
  • Don Dobie… ah! #
  • Michael Danby seconds the nomination. Now this is chutzpah. #
  • A member of the Victorian Right speaking in favour of giving the perks to the other side. Who would have thought? #
  • Mr Danby has been to India with Mr Slipper. They met the Dalai Lama together. #
  • Slipper accepts the nomination. #
  • Pyne nominated Anna Burke, Labor member for Chisholm. #
  • The govt intends to nominate Burke as Deputy Speaker. She will decline Pyne's nomination. #
  • Pyne points out Burke was previously Deputy Speaker. She was punted when the government nominated Slipper for the job last year. #
  • It grieves Mr Pyne that Mr Jenkins has left the Speaker's position… #
  • I would have thrown me out more often than he did, Pyne says. #
  • Anna Burke declines the nomination. #
  • Pyne moves that the member for Lyons take the chair as Speaker. #
  • Dick Adams has been a member of the Speaker's panel since 1996, says Pyne. He should be Speaker. #
  • @buckleup Because the govt has done a deal with Slipper which will increase its majority on the floor of the House. #
  • Dick Adams declines the nomination. #
  • Pyne nominates the member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom. #
  • Pyne: The Labor Party will come to rue this day… #
  • Georganas is sorry to disappoint Pyne but he declines. #
  • Pyne nominates the Labor member for Reid, John Murphy. #
  • Nomination seconded, Murphy says he's never confused ambition with ability and it's his melancholy duty to decline. #
  • Pyne nominates Labor MP for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou. #
  • The member for Cowper seconds the nomination. The member for Calwell declines. #
  • Who was that who nominated Pyne? #
  • Windsor: It may be the only way we'll shut him up. #
  • Pyne nominates the Labor member for Petrie, Yvette D'Ath. #
  • Pyne attacks Windsor. He is not amused. #
  • Sophistry from Pyne. The govt nominates the Speaker, yes, but it doesn't have to be someone from their side. #
  • It only has to be someone who supports the government, or more to the point, can't support the Opposition. #
  • D'Ath, no longer blonde, declines the nomination. #
  • Pyne sits down. #
  • Peter Slipper is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. #
  • Melham and Danby, by ancient tradition, drag him to the Speaker's chair. #
  • Slipper thanks the House for the high honour it has bestowed on him. #
  • Gillard gets the call – pays tribute to Harry Jenkins. #
  • Churchill! #
  • Jenkins, like Churchill, is a child of this house, says Gillard. #
  • Abbott: But why has this great man left the chair? #
  • Abbott: He wants to more fully participate in the councils of the Labor Party. Doesn't that look the case in his new lonely position… #
  • Abbott: Our former Speaker was born and bred in the Labor Party. #
  • The new Speaker was bred in the National Party before he ratted and joined the LIberals… #
  • RT @RobMitchellMP: Abbott confirms he is a low life. #
  • Abbott: In the end this is a matter about the judgment of one person… she wanted the Speaker gone to shore up her position in here… #
  • Abbott to Slipper: We congratulate you, we wish you well, and hope you will serve without fear or favour. #
  • Rob Oakeshott rises to speak… #
  • Oakeshott: I'm assured it's a voluntary move … (much guffawing) #
  • Oakeshott mentions policy issues… #
  • Oakeshott says he welcomes a new independent member to the House. #
  • @stemcd Once a rat… #
  • Warren Truss, Nats leader, congratulates his electorate neighbour. And Jenkins was remarkable. #
  • For Harry Jenkins, this is as close as you get to hearing your funeral eulogies. #
  • Slipper looks around for more speakers of congratulation. There are none. #
  • Slipper calls for nominations for Deputy Speaker. Anthony Byrne (ALP-Holt) nominates Anna Burke (ALP-Chisholm). #
  • Burke has been active in fighting people trafficking, says Byrne. Clearly not on this day. #
  • Steve Gibbons, ALP member for Bendigo, seconds the nomination of Burke. #
  • Gibbons mistakenly refers to the Member for Pyne… #
  • Pyne nominates the member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott, as Deputy Speaker. Takes a swipe at Burke for inconsistency. #
  • Scott is uniquely qualified… etc, etc. #
  • Luke Hartsuyker seconds the nomination. #
  • The bells ring for 4 minutes and then the ballot for Deputy Speaker takes place. #
  • Presumably, the result will be 76-73 for Burke. #
  • And in case anyone has forgotten, today is the 4th anniversary of the government's election in 2007. #
  • Elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker are the only times secret ballots are held in the House of Reps. #
  • Speaker Slipper tells members to write the name of the candidate they support on the ballot paper… #
  • Did anyone count the number of nominations Pyne put forward for Speaker? #
  • @lyndalcurtis Thanks! #
  • It was 9, the ABC tells me and they're never wrong. #
  • Pyne's nine: RT @lyndalcurtis: Burke, Adams, Sidebottom, Bird, Livermore, Georganas, Murphy, Vamvakinou & D'Ath #
  • 150 MPs gathered in one place and not one of them is scrutineering the count. #
  • Albanese says one member hasn't voted… #
  • Albo outlines the process or submitting the ballot… Speaker Slipper says the member for Bowman's ballot will be accepted. #
  • So Andrew Laming (Lib-Bowman) couldn't submit his ballot in time… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: "I would usually expect to give a warning prior to a naming." The Book of Slippery begins. #
  • Question Time is going to be late… #
  • Burke 72, Scott 71. #
  • Seven members not voting, or voting informal? #
  • Gillard announces the death of Maureen Larkin, a parliamentary attendant. #
  • Deputy Speaker Anna Burke thanks the House and reminds it that Speakers not from the government isn't unusual. #
  • Speaker Slipper rises to thank the House and to praise Harry Jenkins. #
  • Slipper refers to his days as a Nationals member in cockies corner. Says he's been ejected from the House on 5 occasions. #
  • Slipper: This is a robust place… I'm not offended my friend, the member for Sturt, saw fit to nominate so many other people… #
  • Slipper: I will be an independent Speaker in the Westminster tradition… #
  • Slipper: After 19 years membership of the Nationals, 17 years membership of the Liberals, and 3 years membership of the LNP… #
  • Slipper: … I will be relinquishing my membership. #
  • Slipper: My door will always be open to all members. #
  • @samclifford Paraphrasing Hughes: "But what about the Greens, Mr Slipper?" "A man's got to draw the bloody line somewhere." #
  • @murpharoo Keep your friends close, etc! #
  • Albo, Leader of the House, congratulates Slipper, notes that he's already lost one point of order but hopes he might get a win one day. #
  • Harry's gift: a seat, a vote, and order from chaos. http://t.co/01Vwo6Ps – Annabel Crabb #
  • I'd love to have a beer with Harry now, says Albo. #
  • Question Time! #qt #
  • Pyne to Gillard: What discussions, meetings and arrangements have you had in relation to the departure of the Member for Scullin? #qt #
  • Gillard: Jenkins came to me at 7.30am today, advising of his resignation at 9am. I've had no discussions… #
  • Abbott moves a motion of censure against the Prime Minister…. #qt #
  • Abbott notes Gillard has chosen to stay in the chamber… #
  • Abbott: This is the birthday no-one opposite wants to remember… #
  • Abbott: The member for Griffith had his faults but he didn't lack standards… #
  • Abbott: Jenkins was made to walk the plank… Does anyone believe anything she just said… "Oh Harry, what a surprise" … #
  • Abbott: The Sussex Street death squads have been out again… #
  • Abbott: This is a government in crisis… it lost its way and now its lost its Speaker… etc. #
  • The Australian public IS not fooled… #
  • Julie Bishop seconds the motion. Wish I could say "pities" like that. #
  • Grubby secret deals… naked arrogance on full display… we have no idea what was offered or what was threatened… #
  • Machiavelli would have been proud of the we she has sought to weave… Ms. Bishop confuses her political tracts. #
  • Gillard in response… we never hear a contribution from them on the nation's future. #
  • Gillard: The Leader of the Opposition is on the record supporting an independent Speaker… he will spin and misrepresent anything… #
  • Slipper just threw out his first member – but I missed who it was? #
  • It was Luke Hartsuyker, the man who seconded all of Pyne's nominations earlier! #
  • The Opposition benches are baying as Gillard continues and the Speaker removes more members… #
  • Gillard: Abbott thinks he can come in here and say what he likes about others… glass jaw… #
  • The Prime Minister's time expires amid much noise and the Nats leader calling her a disgrace. Chris Bowen wants Alby Schultz to withdraw. #
  • RT @haydencooper: Jenkins sitting on the backbench with a mischevious grin on his face. #qt #
  • The House divides on the suspension motion… #
  • @jameshowlin I was grievously misled! Thanks. #
  • The suspension motion is defeat 73-65. #
  • and defeated to boot. #
  • Gillard ends Question Time. #
  • @ibbers Hehe… it's only Abbott. These kinds of suspension motions in Question Time were just about unheard of before he became leader. #
  • Alby Schultz wants a Speaker's ruling on the parliamentary appropriateness of "man", "woman" and "horrible". #qt #
  • The Speaker says the three words are not unparliamentary… #
  • Kate Ellis asks if the House can set a standard, have fewer insults, and fewer gendered insults. Speaker Slipper urges civility. #
  • Now there's an Abbott Matter of Public Importance on the need for better policies… #
  • Abbott has prepared comments about the 4th anniversary of the government's election… mainly about knives and backs… #
  • Abbott: Pink batts, school halls, NBN digging up a street near you, live cattle fiasco … and the great symbol of failure: THE BOATS. #
  • Abbott: Broken promises: child care centres, super clinics, trades training centres, Fuel Watch, Grocery Watch, private health rebate… #
  • Abbott: "And above all, the broken promise that will haunt this government: There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead." #
  • @alessiamaruca As they say, just as we're getting sick of hearing it, it's just beginning to sink in out there. #
  • @alessiamaruca Yes, but he didn't give the same speech every time! #
  • Abbott: "We will cut off the dole for young people in places where there is unskilled work because Warren Mundine is right…" #
  • @mrumens I'm only listening for the novelty value… #
  • Jason Clare compares Abbott's speech to a Big Mac – cheap and nasty. "Just imagine what would happen if he said yes to something one day." #
  • @mariochristo I knew someone called Mario Christodoulou in the '70s in Melbourne. I suspect you are not him… #
  • RT @Get_Shortened: Memories: When Harry was elected Speaker in 2010… http://t.co/Z7pWI23o #Insidersmontage #
  • Former NSW Premier Bob Carr on Gillard's coup: http://t.co/iaclPZMl – "Success feeds success" #
  • Andrew Wilkie: The story is not "PM fails to confirm poker machine deal" – she told me nothing has changed. #
  • Wilkie says he's very happy with the way Gillard has dealt with him. With a 2-seat buffer, the govt is in good form to go the whole term. #
  • @Colvinius Best wishes. Just as well nothing's happened today. #
  • Wilkie: The govt is not so foolish to think they could burn me… #
  • Reporter questioning Wilkie said "pursoo" for pursue. There's a lot of this now: eg "noo" for new. Ugh. #
  • RT @abcthedrum: Just wild about Harry. A great compilation here: http://t.co/pfJxiQOh #
  • Mr. Speers on Jenkins: http://t.co/eZ8VuufT #
  • @Gwyntaglaw Can't say I've noticed. Reservoir/abbatoir in different category. Americanisation of double-o is what irks me. Noo South Wales? #
  • Good to see Christopher Pyne maintaining no political traditions were trashed during 1972-75. #PMAgenda #
  • @mr_billiam In the words of your Queensland compatriot, please explain? #
  • Christopher wants an unambiguous government. #
  • @_DanielleF I notice it a lot on British television as well. Not just American. #
  • Back to the House for Christmas felicitations… #
  • Gillard on Albo: "You've got to love a man who loves his job." #
  • Wayne Swan upgrades his assessment of Gillard: "She is as tough as diamonds". #
  • Swan congratulates Albo for yesterday. "That speech was up there with all of the great speeches from people like Mick Young." #
  • Swan: Storm clouds are gathering again in the international economy… we are not immune from the fallout of events elsewhere… #
  • Swan: ".. but we are in the best position to handle the fallout from elsewhere." #
  • Abbott's end-of-year felicitations begin with another dig at Jenkins… #
  • Abbott: I will not pretend that this has been a great year for the Parliament… #
  • Anthony Albanese: It's 60 years since the Leader of the House role was created. #
  • Albanese: We have an independent Speaker, as did the last hung parliament. #
  • Albanese: I hope over Christmas Santa does bring the leader of the noalition a policy. Remember Santa says "ho, ho, ho", not "no, no, no". #
  • Mr Pyne valedicts… sends greetings to Harry Jenkins. "We will miss him as Speaker and I will miss him personally." #
  • One more time: "slag and bag" #
  • RT @OakeyMP: Harry's order of service http://t.co/ZjkLfjNl #
  • Mr. Windsor valedicts as Pyne walks across the chamber to shake hands with Harry Jenkins. #
  • Windsor awards Jenkins a 10 and holds up the judge's card. #
  • RT @Simon_Cullen: LNP has accepted Peter Slipper's public resignation from the party. #
  • Windsor to the Press: "If we've learnt anything this year, it's that we need to respect one another more… " #
  • Windsor: "We all talk about how precious democracy is… it's built on mutual regard and respect… time to rein in the vitriol…" #
  • Windsor wishes one and all a "restive" time but I think he meant "restful"… #
  • @MoreOj Well done – it grated! #
  • This is one of those nights that #PM was made for. Listen here: http://t.co/s9VG8HDR #
  • @r_marce Thanks for that. #
  • If you thought the Speakership shenanigans would lead the Channel 9 or 7 news, think again. The view from the shires isn't the Twitter view. #
  • Nurses, unexplained deaths, helicopter crashes in New Zealand and, being Melbourne, Tony Mokbel, trumps Parliament. #
  • @liamvhogan As I understand it, all done in the capital city newsrooms of each state. #
  • @djmattyg007 But we didn't get the "how do you feel?" question yesterday. And we need to see those pictures again… #
  • @della79 Parliament beat her on Ch7! #
  • Channel 10 says it was "one of the most remarkable days in Canberra since the Dismissal" http://t.co/pWc5yzUV – yeah, sure. #
  • @esseeeayeenn Of course they do. #
  • @cjjosh I'm 8 minutes behind so I don't know yet! #
  • @markatextor Hyperbowl. #
  • @lapuntadelfin And Robert Ray's other great line about Colston is relevant: "venal prick" #
  • @cjjosh Is the trashing of Westminster tradition resonating with you?! #
  • @cjjosh I had people today asking me why Anna Burke didn't accept the nomination. No-one understands anything much about it all. #
  • @jonkudelka All I know is he went to a very good school. #
  • @AshGhebranious You shouldn't misunderestimate her. #
  • @AshGhebranious Remember when George W Bush said he was always being misunderestimated? #
  • @cjjosh Elitist. #
  • @Drag0nista I thought you liked those blokes from Migra. #
  • RT @JuliaGillard: As Parliament closes for the year, I'm proud of what my Labor team and supporters have achieved for all Australians. JG #
  • @littleaud1 See: http://t.co/XWM6mKco #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Twitter messages say he's been suspended. ?? #
  • Expert opinion on today's events: http://t.co/vS0s514C – Melleuish, Twomey, Tennant-Wood, Robinson, Maher, Halligan, Connors #
  • "The statement is the statement." #
  • Abbott on #abc730 I don't do these kinds of deals… and I'm not in the business of defending what happened all those years ago… #
  • Abbott: If anything this is a government that is more fragile, the Prime Minister's position is more tenuous… #
  • Abbott: Inside the beltway this might work … to the public it will look like a squalid manoeuvre … #
  • No colleague is safe from assassination! #
  • Abbott: "Are you seriously trying to tell me, Chris, that the political situation of the Opposition is problematic?" #
  • Sandilands… who says 7.30 has dumbed down this year? #
  • @Rob_Stott I can see the argument for it but, frankly, no. Confected news. Especially when they stick all these PR types in front of us. #
  • And another story on 7.30 where the expert opinion is provided by an ex-journalist now working in PR. #
  • @Cracked_Canoe And sport every other day. Brief interviews all round. The only serious content we get now is Clarke & Dawe. #
  • So what happened, @NeilMcMahon2 ? #
  • Phillip Hudson: A dodgy deal, but it's a masterstroke http://t.co/PWAjII7r #
  • Some editorial fool at the Herald-Sun has discovered that politics is a crude numbers game: http://t.co/kcoDhh7o #
  • Insult and intelligence are two words that come to mind. #
  • @arwon I suppose you have to admire the people who actually get paid to write that stuff. I like to think they laugh as they write it. #
  • @arwon I honestly don't know. I can't really believe they're serious because it's such melodramatic stuff. But then sometimes… #
  • @arwon It's why I quite like the Bolts, Akermans et al. It has to be an act, a game, and I admire the way they pull it off over and over. #
  • @arwon But it's like on here – you bump into people who talk in slogans. If you talk politics they harass you as if they can persuade you… #
  • @arwon And then I wonder whether they're genuinely sincere or just nutty. On a day like today they were out in force trying to persuade me. #
  • @arwon The funny thing is they probably feel the same way about people like me/us. It's as if they hope to cure us of our misdirection. #
  • @jonkudelka No, I think I'm envious that he/she has such a great job writing such drivel. I'd love to try it! #
  • @jonkudelka Only Gough had a sense of humour like that. #
  • One man's walk to a higher loyalty: http://t.co/k3GilnJp – Michael Gordon on Harry Jenkins #
  • Anne Twomey retells the marvellous story of how NSW Labor Premier Holman got his Speaker to resign. http://t.co/mwl41j4P #
  • @NeilMcMahon2 Nothing wrong with a little comprehension puzzle every now and again… #
  • @NeilMcMahon2 A challenge for you: find the error in here http://t.co/ojF5RFuJ #
  • Megalogenis: Rats prepared to ditch their parties to survive. http://t.co/ojF5RFuJ – but no mention of the night of the long prawns. #
  • @Coaltopia Have a look at Evatt's 'Australian Labor Leader', a biography of Holman. Some magnificent stories. And talk about rough times. #
  • Dennis Shanahan: Speaker overboard keeps ship afloat. http://t.co/MJCpL6P6 – an array of numbers. #
  • @esseeeayeenn But as he points out, what happened yesterday is far more significant than the fate of a bill. The govt as a whole is safer. #
  • @esseeeayeenn True, true, but the added flexibility is the bonus. And a sudden death is no longer a mortal threat. It's two heartbeats now. #
  • @NeilMcMahon2 Ned Hanlon was your uncle? #
  • @NeilMcMahon2 It was Senator Bert Milliner, not Milner. Is that a subbing issue or merely an error of knowledge? #
  • Slippery rat Peter Slipper the king of perks: http://t.co/d1vsA35J – complete with 'digitally altered image'. Ah, the Daily Telegraph. #

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