My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Abbott at the #NPC Economically, the Gillard government is relying on good luck rather than good management… #
  • Abbott: The Iron Law of Economics – no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity… #npc #
  • Abbott: I know how to do all this because I was a senior minister in a government that did it… #npc #
  • Abbott: 16 shadow ministers were ministers in the Howard government – it now looks like a lost golden age… #npc #
  • Abbott: The coalition understands that countries have to get better at what they do, as businesses must. #npc #
  • Abbott: Australia Inc… #npc #
  • Abbott: Australia can have tax cuts without a carbon tax but only if we can get spending down. #npc #
  • Abbott says discontinuing the computers in schools program could save half a billion dollars… #npc #
  • Abbott: Big savings from the set top box program because Gerry Harvey can do it for half the price… GP super clinics would save $200m… #
  • Abbott: The tragedy of the last 4 years is the damage to our fiscal position… #npc #
  • Abbott: There are flexibility, militancy and productivity problems associated with the Fair Work Act. #npc #
  • Abbott on health and schools: nothing more important than good schools, good clinics and good hospitals… #npc #
  • Abbott: We're going to deliver a fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme, not the govt's rebadged baby bonus. #npc #
  • Abbott: One of John Howard's great achievements in stopping the boats was to rebuild support for a high immigration program. #npc #
  • Abbott: Migrants don't want to change us, they want to join us. #npc #
  • Abbott: I was part of a govt that sent in the army to improve infrastructure in the Northern Territory… #npc #
  • Abbott: Now I want to end forever the lingering suspicion that the coalition has a good head but a cold heart on indigenous issues.. #npc #
  • Abbott says, if elected, he will spend a week each year in remote indigenous communities. #npc #
  • Abbott: A return to surplus is crucial to the social dividend from other policies… #npc #
  • Abbott: The big problem with Medicare is it supports treatment for every part of the body except the mouth. #npc #
  • Abbott on Environment: we only have one planet, I support reducing emissions but it has to be part of the right plan, not the wrong one. #
  • Abbott: Labor's carbon tax is socialism masquerading as environmentalism. #npc #
  • Abbott: The coalition has been entirely consistent on border protection for a decade: TPVs, offshore processing and turning boats around… #
  • Abbott on foreign policy: a Jakarta focus, not a Geneva one. #npc #
  • Abbott: A rolling 15 year plan for infrastructure projects… #npc #
  • Abbott: We shouldn't be closing down blast furnaces, we should still be making steel… and a viable motor industry… #npc #
  • Abbott: The ministers in the next govt will be reformers but they will be responsible reformers…. #npc #
  • Abbott: We will be a pragmatic, problem-solving govt based on mainstream Australian values… #npc #
  • Abbott: As a new parliamentary year dawns, it's hard to have confidence in a govt which is stringing out the Fair Work inquiry into Thomson. #
  • Abbott quotes Chifley's Light on the Hill speech…. #npc #
  • Abbott: We have a great cause, we have a great team, and we have a great nation that have to help. #npc #
  • Question from 7's Mark Riley on Medicare funded dentistry: how can people believe in an aspiration that's not a commitment? #npc #
  • Abbott: A better dental scheme has been important to me since I was Health Minister but we have to get the fiscal situation under control. #
  • Lights on the hill and now at the end of the tunnel… #
  • ABC's Mark Simkin asks about a political reinvention, a Tony 2.0, or is this more of the same? #npc #
  • Abbott quotes Robert Manne on Gillard as the least impressive PM since Billy McMahon… "it doesn't have to be this bad..if you change govt" #
  • AFR's Laura Tingle asks about cutting spending… do you want a profound change or just getting rid of waste? #npc #
  • Abbott: Govt should be slow to get into new spending… needs to be a real problem and must be some prospect of real change… #npc #
  • Abbott: There must be some way of tackling climate change without increasing the size of government. #npc #
  • Abbott says he wants to be a pragmatic, "small c" conservative prime minister. #npc #
  • Herald Sun's Phillip Hudson asks about interest rates – will they be lower, is it a promise, an aspiration, or a guarantee? #npc #
  • Abbott: I can guarantee there will be less spending and lower taxes and so there should be less pressure on interest rates. #npc #
  • SMH's Phillip Coorey asks about the timing of tax cuts – dependent on a surplus? #npc #
  • Abbott: The precise timing and the precise quantum will be announced closer to the election. #npc #
  • The Aust's Matthew Franklin asks about asylum seekers. Isn't your refusal to negotiate prove that you're just Dr. No? #npc #
  • Abbott: The govt has not bent over backwards to accommodate the coalition…govt is not serious about TPVs or re-opening Nauru… #
  • Abbott: It is the responsbility of the opposition to oppose bad policy and support good policy. The Malaysia solution is bad policy. #npc #
  • Abbott asked about downgrading Aust's role in multilateral institutions… says some have good intentions but not good at promoting values. #
  • 10's Paul Bongiorno – how do we condemn a govt as incompetent when there is a AAA rating, low interest rates, etc? #npc #
  • Bongiorno: Politically incompetent perhaps, but not economically incompetent? #npc #
  • Abbott: No competent govt would have introduced pink batts, NBN planned on back of a coaster… #npc #
  • West Aust's Shane Wright asks about inflationary problems of allowing people to claim school fees… #npc #
  • Abbott: Well, I'm not against aspiration… #npc #
  • AAP's Paul Osbourne asks about industry policy… why do you see cutting assistance as necessary when it supports jobs? #npc #
  • Abbott: I want to see the car industry flourish… I'm in favour of car industry support but it shouldn't be based on short term panic… #
  • Abbott: A carbon tax will add $400 to the price of every car produced here. #npc #
  • Sky's Kieran Gilbert asks why the national disability scheme is being put on the backburner. #npc #
  • Abbott says we should wait and see what comes out of the scoping process… disability would be easier to pay for without all the waste… #
  • The Age's Michelle Grattan asks about the chances of agreement on wording for an aboriginal referendum… #npc #
  • Abbott says he favours a standalone referendum on indigenous recognition. #npc #
  • Abbott says he fears the current recommendations "overreach" – the referendum needs to be a unifying moment… can't put it forward to fail. #
  • SBS's Richard Davis asks an "introspective question" – what is your greatest strength and weakness? #npc #
  • Abbott quotes advice from John Hewson: don't practise open heart surgery on yourself in public. #npc #
  • Lane Calcutt asks whether Abbott intends to move a no-confidence motion next week. #npc #
  • Abbott: I would never lightly move no-confidence… my aim is not to win votes in parlt… Gillard is firewalled by Craig Thomson. #npc #
  • Abbott: I fail to see why this [Fair Work Australia] investigation is taking so long.. looks like an institutional go-slow to help the govt. #
  • Abbott's National Press Club appearance has concluded… #
  • Julia Gillard at ASX: Managing an economy and keeping it strong isn't enough… have to make sure working families are getting their share. #
  • Gillard asked about a Rudd challenge: "My focus today is on the Aust economy and making sure it is working for families…" #
  • Bob Katter: "The comeback kids read like a who's-who of Australian politics." #SkyNews #
  • Lenore Taylor: Abbott's economic feather knocks down Labor's record. http://t.co/edb81FM9 #
  • Opening night… http://t.co/qAbg7TUf #
  • Opening night of "Yes, Prime Minister" – sounded like an addendum to the original script: "Don't use the phone, Murdoch might hack it." #
  • Philip Quast was good as Sir Humphrey, including a number of those long, complex dissertations. http://t.co/qADFttKR #
  • An early line from Sir Humphrey: "Politics abhors a vacuum and we're governed by one." http://t.co/qAbg7TUf #
  • @lapuntadelfin He had other good lines about writing the coalition agreement so that either side could be blamed for any cock-ups. #
  • Just caught up with Simon Crean's interview about Rudd this morning: http://t.co/Og5ShNUM – transcript here: http://t.co/OeqyMkPU #
  • And Crean's blunter interview with Neil Mitchell: http://t.co/Cz1iNt29 transcript: http://t.co/e4ErHuaK #
  • @esseeeayeenn I blame the teachers… #
  • @esseeeayeenn It isn't an ABC transcript. It's from Crean's ministerial website. #
  • @samanthamaiden Listening to it, I was reminded of that old Crean charisma… #
  • @esseeeayeenn I know – you should see the idiots they use on The Drum. #
  • @jonkudelka I hope you noticed I turned a kindly blind eye. #
  • @jonkudelka I have in my archives a classic 1970s HSC English Examiners' Report that refers to "the bizarre use of the apostrophe". #
  • Gina Rinehart's bid for 14% of Fairfax: http://t.co/MmQ1ofUH #
  • Sky News and APAC seem to have turned into pumpkins on my Foxtel box. #
  • @andrew_hedge I'm told on good authority that the quality of work at Media Monitors is outstanding. #
  • A serious debate inside the Baillieu government: http://t.co/izyE8moX #
  • Peter Costello: The tone of an office is set by the minister and the minister's values. http://t.co/mTWVP1S4 #
  • For dentist's son, positivity is like pulling teeth. http://t.co/ATKwlRpY – Michelle Grattan on Abbott's press club speech. #
  • Phillip Coorey: Ministers line up to warn off Rudd. http://t.co/nLflMQH8 – source says "40-plus people" in caucus who won't wear Rudd. #
  • Peter Hartcher: A new start for Abbott but it is only a start. http://t.co/EobImLOe – the "pragmatic problem-solver" has far to go. #
  • Ross Gittins: Damned lies and economic modelling. http://t.co/Sg6749bp – dubious claims by the mining industry. #

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