My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Greg Combet at the National Press Club – a ministerial speech that doesn't make you want to disembowel yourself. #npc #
  • Second question to Combet from Lenore Taylor: what is the case against Rudd and how does the govt get past this? And on policy… #npc #
  • Combet: It needs to be resolved in the near future… enough is enough, it's time this was resolved… #npc #
  • Paul Bongiorno question to Combet on Rudd. Combet: "You'll have to bear with me while I repeat myself… enough is enough…" #
  • Combet: This is a government of considerable achievement and the Prime Minister doesn't get enough credit… #npc #
  • Sid Maher to Combet on The Aust's report on plans to sack Rudd. Is there room in the ministry for him and Gillard? Is disunity death? #
  • Combet: I spent 10 years in the leadership of the union movement… I witnessed these disputes… I'm in the movement because of my values.. #
  • Combet: I believe the current leadership speculation and debate is seriously distracting from the govt's capacity articulate what it's doing #
  • Combet: I'm here working as hard as I can to achieve good outcomes based on good values… enough is enough, it's time to get on with job.. #
  • Combet: There's a collective responsibility and no-one is excluded from that… there are discretions for other to make decisions… #
  • Combet pressed by Steve Lewis on a spill… "With respect.. I have a good professional and working relationship with Kevin Rudd… #
  • Alex Hart asks what Rudd has done to deserve sacking… "I do not engage in negative commentary about my colleagues, on or off the record" #
  • Michelle Grattan asks whether a non-aggression pact might be better than the nuclear option… did anyone talk to you about being Treasurer? #
  • Combet: "The answer is no… I would never allow that kind of consideration to influence me." #
  • @MegMacfarlan1 Impossible to tell at this stage, I think. What are you up to now? #
  • The leadership issue – what would Clinton do? … RT @feed_the_chooks: PBS' "Clinton" here. Part 1 ran last night. http://t.co/f6LZf9Zp #
  • @Drag0nista ? #
  • Dennis Shanahan's report in The Australian that's causing today's lunchtime flurry: http://t.co/Pi3A2bpI #
  • @Drag0nista Try March 22 instead – the day Gillard overtakes Billy McMahon's term, the last sitting day of the session, & 2 days before Qld. #
  • @Drag0nista But pick any date and I'll make it sound important! #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin The conspiracists are going to take you down… #
  • @Drag0nista Hehe… 10th anniversary of CHOGM meeting in Coolum? #
  • @Drag0nista And Tom Playford won his last election on that day in 1962… #
  • RT @GreenJ: At length the Gillard forces acted. There was a bloody denouement. http://t.co/iojk2ynO #
  • RT @Pollytics: How personal sentiment toward the Prime Minister is linked to government support levels http://t.co/GTNeRoUd #
  • In a store as Rudd's resignation statement is shown on TV. Young salesman says: "I was hoping it would be her." #
  • His name is Brent. He tells me he voted Labor in 2007 but went with Abbott last time. #
  • "Minister Crean and a number of other faceless men" … #
  • RT @abcnews: Video of Kevin Rudd's resignation speech – http://t.co/L6yS3w4s #
  • A night when #PM comes into its own… http://t.co/hQbAYWHn #
  • An update to the list of ministerial resignations since 1901: http://t.co/Fwop3l3y #auspol #
  • News of Rudd's resignation reaches Anna Bligh's campaign bus in Townsville: http://t.co/jJ9bKEEm #
  • RT @nytimes: Kevin Rudd Resigns as Australia’s Foreign Minister http://t.co/9BOwR6FT #
  • The big story on Today-Tonight is holidays for bank staff… #
  • RT @latikambourke: Kevin Rudd's backers suggest he is now free to talk about what happened on #Spillard night. #respill #
  • The pious moralising is in full swing on TV, radio and online. #
  • I only retweeted that nonsense because I hadn't realised Kevin had been wethered. #
  • Dennis Atkins: "This feels to me like a once-and-for-all battle." #SkyNews #
  • Partial transcript of Rudd's resignation speech: http://t.co/LAlhSJ6O #
  • @urbanreverie A dingo took my prime minister. #
  • Rudd meeting with 4 journalists is a smoking gun? #
  • A Liberal friend texts me to say Rudd has handled this well – it will crystallise the arguments against Gillard. #ObjectiveAnalysis #
  • But the biggest gift is Gillard… RT @mishaschubert: Tony Burke: Kevin Rudd's speech tonight was another gift to Tony Abbott. #730 #
  • Bruce Hawker on Rudd today: "We did have a conversation… it's been an escalating day… #abc730 #
  • "The most popular person in the Labor Party," says Hawker. "Isn't that like being the most popular leper in the leper colony?" says Uhlmann #
  • Someone remind me not to forget Sherlock tonight… #
  • @crazyjane13 Yes, I read reviews which suggested that. #
  • @Mahaut1329 Indeed – it's my midnight viewing in fact. #
  • Full video of Rudd's resignation statement: http://t.co/3RSebTaB (via @SBSNews) #
  • RT @latikambourke: BREAKING – Senior Labor source tells me Prime Minister Julia Gillard will call a leadership ballot for Monday. #respill #
  • Statement from Tony Abbott on Rudd's resignation: http://t.co/NGTWwzzL #
  • Gillard statement: Rudd was a strong and effective advocate.. many achievements… I am disappointed he didn't raise concerns with me… #
  • Gillard:… nor did he contact me about his resignation… #
  • Tony Burke having a good go at Rudd on Sky News. "He thought the answer was more micro-management." #
  • Graham Richardson: "When Keating challenged Hawke, he didn't go to tell him – he sent me instead." #
  • @aptronym I think the IQ will remember! #
  • Wayne Swan releases a statement on Rudd: "For too long, Kevin Rudd has been putting his own interests ahead of the party…" #
  • Swan: Now he undermines the government at every turn… #
  • Swan: ."…. a man who holds no Labor values… undermining our economic achievements…" #
  • That would be the only time we've ever seen such linguistic fluency and flair from Wayne Swan. #
  • Text of Wayne Swan's statement on Kevin Rudd: http://t.co/y9R4tqTg – one for the scrapbook… #
  • RT @theburgerman: Latham live online: http://t.co/Xz42iw4k #Kevenge #respill #RuddResigns #
  • Text of Julia Gillard's statement on Kevin Rudd: http://t.co/33O3KQuz #
  • Mark Latham predicts Kevin Rudd won't even run next week. #PMOnAir #
  • Latham vs Kenny. I am most conflicted. #
  • I am gobsmacked… http://t.co/6yk09sYw #
  • Hildebrand: "Caucus has screwed over the most popular man in Australia." #
  • @crazyjane13 Any word beginning with "wank" will cover it! #
  • @crazyjane13 Well, it is "Media and Communications" … #
  • All right, I'm persuaded. It's all a media invention. #
  • RT @citizen_cam: It WAS until today. Self-fulfilling prophecy. Talk about leadership spills enough & eventually there'll be one. #
  • Latham: "Labor still still have a Gillard problem… they need a third option…" #
  • @nagohd Certainly not! What makes you say that. #
  • @MrDenmore I would adopt a more blanket approach. #
  • @nagohd Political commentator? I'm a citizen nobody tweeting from his lounge room at home. Don't take me too seriously! #
  • "The Labor government is in convulsions tonight." #Lateline #
  • Watch the Emerson squirm. #
  • Craig Emerson, member for Rankin, margin 5.41%. #
  • RT @ABCnewsIntern: Crean snarling, Swanny seething, Burke dismissive, Emmo sarcastic. Good show, Gillard camp! #respill #lateline #
  • Doug Cameron: "It's not a very edifying performance by these senior ministers…" #
  • Cameron: "Julia Gillard has a poisoned chalice – and that is how she came to the job." #
  • Cameron: A ballot on Monday would be a travesty of democracy… should be next Friday… #Lateline #
  • Cameron: I don't think Julia Gillard is capable of defeating Tony Abbott. If it was game on, well the game's been on for a while… #
  • Cameron: They only consideration is who has the capacity to defeat Tony Abbott… #
  • Peter Beattie: The whole issue needs to be resolved – the Australian way … we'll continue to bleed until there's a clear winner. #LAteline #
  • @Cracked_Canoe There – done! #
  • The Wars of the Roses… that's the context we need. #
  • Tony Wright: The most audacious stealth attack in modern Australian political history. http://t.co/XQ2mnFUC #
  • That's if you exclude a certain Governor-General… #
  • Michelle Grattan: Public will be on Rudd's side but the crisis has come to a head earlier than is best for Rudd. http://t.co/qyhJ1YaM #
  • @jot_au You must be confusing me with someone else. I'm not a journalist. #
  • Michael Gordon: "While the phoney war is over, the way forward is not clear." http://t.co/6m8v8Srm #
  • Shaun Carney: Gillard supporters about to get a settlement but not in exactly the way they had been expecting. http://t.co/3h6sGo76 #
  • @Pollytics Who, me? #
  • @Pollytics Yes, that's what I said on Monday. #
  • @Pollytics Like seeing the real Burke and Emerson, for example. #
  • @Pollytics Drum: http://t.co/WDxXhuBL #
  • @brynnobrien Anger is always about fear. #
  • @Pollytics Very true – great stuff at an FEA meeting…! #
  • Peter Hartcher: An Ash Wednesday appeal to the true believers. http://t.co/yRnB4RSj #
  • @Pollytics I'm putting him up there with Earle Page in the vitriol stakes. #
  • @Pollytics I have a first edition copy of the original. Haven't looked at it in years. #
  • Hartcher makes some interesting points about Rudd's tactics on Monday, recalling Keating in 1991 and the first aborted meeting. #
  • @Pollytics This is also a good time to revisit Evatt's tome on Holman. If people think today is rough they have no idea… #
  • @Pollytics "Australian Labour Leader" – not too hard to get, although you are up north…. I have a spare copy if needs be. #
  • @Pollytics There's a wonderful chapter describing the most amazing scenes in the NSW Assembly. Today is nothing by comparison. #
  • I do love the way Kim Beazley is still the bridesmaid at every Labor leadership challenge: http://t.co/VFUtTR9h #
  • @DebinMelbourne It's the title of Evatt's book on Holman. There's a complex history of the dropped "u". #
  • Searching for yet more historical analogies, The Daily Tele editorial finds one in Trotsky's Mexican ice-pick: http://t.co/O0pcD5I9 #
  • The Herald Sun has posted a PDF of today's front page – big picture of Rudd. http://t.co/WlT7W1Mo #
  • @apmd I'm sure there will no more of that over the new few days… #
  • A whinging pom says we're not doing politics right: http://t.co/7pZ9czI4 (ping @NickBryantOz) #
  • Rudd's resignation letter to Gillard: http://t.co/8usTls3K (PDF via @australian) #
  • @RealJohnRocket Which is why it's very dangerous to believe anything anyone says about the state of the numbers at the moment. #
  • How a little briefing lit the Labor fuse: http://t.co/4bhV62pZ – Shanahan and Maher in The Australian ($wall) #
  • Bob Hawke: Caucus must give Julia space to get on with the job. http://t.co/MagqicBN – an object lesson in how to put the case. #
  • Peter van Onselen says Anthony Albanese and Mark Butler are keys to swinging more votes behind Rudd. http://t.co/21XXf578 #

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