My Latest Twitter Updates

  • @mumbletwits Another repeat. #
  • So what have I missed this morning? Has Rudd already given a press conference or is 2pm it? #
  • @djmattyg007 So all this stuff about "pick up your telephone" is from 7.50? #
  • Friend says she just applied for membership of the Australian People Power Party. Got a nice thank you note from Rudd, Turnbull & Katter. #
  • Keep taking the tablets, I said. #
  • Kevin Rudd's press conference has begun in Brisbane. #respill #
  • Rudd: Throughout my time in public life I've been motivated by two main goals… #
  • Rudd: All the indications are we're heading for the rocks at the next election. #respill #
  • Rudd: Rightly or wrongly, Julia has lost the trust of the people… I've decided to contest the leadership on Monday. #respill #
  • Rudd: I want to continue the work begun when I was elected by the people… #respill #
  • Rudd: I was elected in 2007 to govern for all Australians… and we did… through the GFC… increased pensions… maternity leave… #
  • Rudd itemises a list of programs and policies of his 2007-10 government…. #respill #
  • Rudd: This is a good record of achievement… I want to build on it… #respill #
  • Rudd: It's all about creating job, not exporting jobs. #respill #
  • Rudd: It's also about building a thriving democracy in the Labor Party… Austs are sick of outside forces calling the shots… #respill #
  • Rudd: Our greatest gift to democracy has been the secret ballot… caucus members should not be intimidated… #respill #
  • Rudd says he wants the candidates to address the party meeting before the ballot. #respill #
  • Rudd says he got it wrong to take away the caucus power to choose the ministry. #respill #
  • Rudd: If elected as PM I will return that power to the caucus… as part of a process of party reform… #respill #
  • And this is what frightens his opponents the most. #respill #
  • Rudd: If we don't change, the Labor Party will end up in opposition… it's time for a reality check… #respill #
  • Rudd: Abbott is a man with both feet firmly planted in the past… #
  • Rudd on Abbott: He is not exactly, as they say in The Castle, an ideas man. #respill #
  • Rudd: Beating Mr. Abbott is entirely achievable… I have never met a man as negative as Mr. Abbott… #respill #
  • Rudd: Labor in govt must renew its values that have been a light on the hill for a century. #respill #
  • Rudd: A Labor Party with values doesn't need a Green party to tell it how to protect the environment. #respill #
  • Rudd: Next Monday will be a tough ballot… against the combined forces of the combined factions… #respill #
  • Rudd: If I lose I will go to the backbench and not challenge Julia again. #respill #
  • Question: Is Gillard's problem legitimacy? And timing of the carbon tax. Rudd: Questions of trust arose in 2010 and on other policy comms #
  • Rudd: In politics, trust is everything… I've always supported a price on carbon… supports early transition to ETS. #respill #
  • Rudd says Swan and Gillard persuaded him not to proceed with ETS but he takes responsibility. #respill #
  • Rudd says Gillard favoured no price on carbon until Abbott adopted a similar policy. #respill #
  • There's an accusation…. #respill #
  • Rudd on John Medoza: My dealings with him were not extensive. He primarily dealt with the Health Minister. #respill #
  • Rudd on Crean: He described me as a great chair of Cabinet back then… #respill #
  • Rudd on broadband: We worked through that for 3 months in cabinet… a systematic way… post factor recollections are not the norm… #
  • Rudd on a deputy: entirely a matter for the parliamenatry party. #respill #
  • Rudd asked would he rule out being drafted…. won't comment further. #respill #
  • Rudd on aslyum seekers: says resources allocated are inadequate…East Timor solution wouldn't work – shouldn't take a walk on the wild side #
  • Rudd asked about briefing gallery journalists… says his discussions are confidential but he's supported the leadership of the current PM. #
  • Rudd: My decision today was taken in Washington – "I've played this as it's come". #respill #
  • Rudd: It wasn't KRudd who made a pre-election commitment on carbon.. it wasn't KRudd who made an agreement with Wilkie. #respill #
  • Rudd: Last year I had a bit of heart surgery, out of action for 2 months – look at how the government performed in that time. #respill #
  • Rudd: If I didn't exist, the ALP would still be casting around for an alternative leader. #respill #
  • Rudd: In my period of leadership, I got below 49% ONCE… put into context who is responsible for the govt's poor standing. #respill #
  • Rudd has zipped… #respill #
  • RT @mishaschubert: Rudd: the thesis that the government's problems are because of one KRudd don't stack up. And I've gotta zip. #
  • RT @FinancialReview: Updated factbox | Rudd supporters currently stand at 31, Gillard has 69. http://t.co/23Lr0P83 #auspol #
  • Julia Gillard press conference in Melbourne…. #respill #
  • Gillard: The choice is to who has got the character, the temperament, the strength to deliver on behalf of the Aust people. #respill #
  • Gillard: This isn't Celebrity Big Brother. This is about getting things done. #respill #
  • Gillard itemises policies on the agenda for 2012: education, job creation, health reforms… #respill #
  • Gillard: …working with method, a purpose, determination… it's only by working in that way that we could deliver MySchool. #respill #
  • Gillard: I am the person who gets things done. #respill #
  • Gillard: I am the person who can lead Labor to a victory at the election. #respill #
  • Gillard: When Monday comes and goes there will still be a nation to be governed… character, purpose and strength… #respill #
  • Gillard: On questions of confidence, Austs can have confidence in me that no matter how hard it gets I will get things done… #respill #
  • Gillard: At the end of the day people judge political parties on what governments get done…. I am the person who gets things done… #
  • Gillard: Who delivered carbon pricing? I did. #respill #
  • Gillard: Kevin Rudd spoke about trust but did not deny he spent time as Foreign Minister behind closed doors in secret discussions… #
  • Gillard: … undermining the government… #respill #
  • Gillard: Kevin Rudd refused to answer when asked about discussions undermining the government. #respill #
  • Gillard: He says I lack commitment on carbon pricing, yet I'm the person who got it done. #respill #
  • Gillard on the night of June 23, 2010: I stand by my statements.. I made my final decision to ask for a ballot on the day… #respill #
  • Gillard: On carbon pricing, who can up their hand and say they got it done. I did. #respill #
  • Gillard: I had the courage in those circumstances… to work on legislation and get it done. #respill #
  • Gillard: We have paid some cost… that is the cost of doing big things for the nation's future… #respill #
  • Gillard: During 2012 I've got a very clear agenda.. about jobs, education, skills, the future of our economy… #respill #
  • Gillard: The political price I shouldn't have to pay is the price that comes from undermining and destabilisation. #respill #
  • Gillard: I'm someone with plenty of courage, plenty of discipline, I get up each day and go out and keep going. #respill #
  • Gillard: The govt in 2010 was in a chaotic and paralysed state… I stepped up… Rudd ended up not even nominating… #respill #
  • Gillard has finished. #respill #
  • @citizen_cam I knew someone would say that! #
  • @julieposetti Her supporters think it's feisty, strong and impressive. Everyone else thinks it's angry, self-serving and unimpressive. #
  • Richard Marles: "This isn't about talking down one candidate or the other." #respill #
  • We've had a week of open government, says @samanthamaiden on Sky. #respill #
  • A giant, ugly, family meeting! #
  • @JHutcheon I haven't watched that yet but this reminds me more of the good old days in student politics. #
  • @ElliotG78 I think part of the problem is the insecurity betrayed by repeatedly saying you're determined, etc. That and lack of humour. #
  • @geeksrulz Sshhh… #
  • Just watched the Ch 10 news coverage of #respill It helps to remember most people didn't see either of today's press conferences. #
  • @PrimMich Fairly enough – my point is just that most people see snippets and images, they're not listening to 30 min addresses. #
  • @geeksrulz Now you're just verballing me! #
  • @swearyanthony Hehe… quite so, but it also means the public reaction on Monday will be much the same as it's been for the past year. #
  • @geeksrulz Rest assured, I never get angry about anything that's said on here! #
  • @feneleyandco I was just thinking the same thing about the lack of awareness of the origins of the "faceless men" tag. #
  • RT @nytimes: In Australia, Ex-Premier Rudd to Challenge Gillard in Vote on Monday http://t.co/noTgYYGu #
  • NYT: "Animosity between the two sides has played out in an unusually public manner." #
  • Barrie Cassidy has a go at Michelle Grattan: http://t.co/8SwtvRhN – the Grattan quote from here: http://t.co/iOkc2PJf #
  • Van Onselen makes a fair point: if Rudd was such a megalomaniac, why did he take Gillard's and Swan's advice to drop the ETS? #Contrarians #
  • @davigla Gillard blamed him today for not getting carbon pricing done. My point is she and Swan persuaded him to drop it. Both to blame. #
  • As I always say, on a news night like this you tune to #PM http://t.co/hQbAYWHn #
  • @davigla I entirely agree. It's a convenient label. #
  • Interesting to hear Deakin MP Mike Symon say Labor electorate offices have been clogged by social media campaigns for Rudd. #PM #
  • Today's Morgan poll (face-to-face-over past two weekends): LNP 52 (-3), ALP 48. Primaries: LNP 41.5, ALP 37, Greens 14.5, Other 7. #
  • Morgan Poll: If 2010 preference flows are used, it shows LNP 51.5, ALP 48.5. Tables here: http://t.co/6zGGJHUK #
  • @Chrisquirk Yes, up 3 from their last poll which was by phone. #
  • @voiceofapollo No! #
  • Annabel Crabb's Crazy Letter Warning Bells and the Gillard government: http://t.co/PpYeIijc #
  • RT @MelindaHowells: I'll be on @abcnews at 7pm with the latest on the LNP candidate who's been dumped for attending a swingers event. #
  • @MichaeCarey Remember those great old days in the 70s and 80s when Morgan was taken seriously? #
  • @MsCastan Just quietly, it could also apply to Twitter users… #
  • Just watched 7.30 on delay. Simon Crean actually blamed the govt's poor standing in the polls on Rudd's destabilisation. #
  • @Gibbot5000 I'm clearly an idiot. I thought it had something to do with decisions taken over the past 18 months. #
  • @Billablog I know. The more time I spend online the more I realise I know nothing. #
  • I've only recently discovered the SBS World News YouTube channel. Very handy: http://t.co/TLB9Ygbl #
  • At least the yanks still have political heavyweights & intellectual giants battling it out over important issues: http://t.co/CAqwh10n #
  • @TheMarphy Umm, I wasn't being serious about Santorum, Gingrich, et al… #
  • Bruce Hawker Turns Off His Mute Button: http://t.co/wbhNkcEA – Bernard Lagan in The Global Mail. #
  • @boeufblogginon Everything's relative… #
  • @kcarruthers The original faceless men were ALP executive members who met in secret without party leaders or MPs present. Menzies coined it. #
  • @kcarruthers Even the men called faceless – Arbib, Feeney, etc – don't warrant the term in that context. They're elected MPs. #
  • @kcarruthers The term obscures what's really happened to the ALP – the dominance of small cliques of union and faction leaders. #
  • @kcarruthers And Rudd threatens their dominance of a dying party but they will hang on for dear life and resist all party reform. #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll 2 Party Preferred: ALP 46 (0) L/NP 54 (0) #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Primary Votes: ALP 34 (0) L/NP 47 (-1) GRN 12 (0) #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll 2 Party Preferred if Rudd leader: ALP 49 L/NP 51 #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Primary Votes if Rudd leader: ALP 37 L/NP 44 GRN 12 #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Preferred ALP Leader: Gillard 26 (-4) Rudd 52 (0) #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Preferred ALP Leader (ALP Voters): Gillard 39 (-10) Rudd 53 (+5) #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Should independents force early election if Rudd becomes PM: Yes 57 No 35 #respill #auspol #
  • @SB_Melbourne The government's stuffed? #
  • @kcarruthers Exactly – and the real change is resisted by these people and rejected by Gillard. Big fish in an ever-smaller pond. #
  • @kcarruthers The membership has lost nearly all influence & have drifted away, yet these people will fight to the death to preserve control. #
  • @kcarruthers It wouldn't be so bad except that they're just not very good at it. They can't even beat an ape like Abbott. #
  • @kcarruthers The party will go into opposition in a massive defeat and they will be to blame, not Rudd. #
  • @kcarruthers That's not my point. He's an ambitious politician, so what? Nothing new in a challenge to a weak leader. #
  • @kcarruthers He's deeply imperfect but he's not the villain in all this. They're the ones killing the party. #
  • @kcarruthers And it's not like 1975! The only similarity is the number of Labor people who couldn't see massive defeat staring at them. #
  • @kcarruthers All the attempts at reform founder – look at what they've done to the Carr-Faulkner-Bracks report. #
  • @bailey_shambles None of this is reform! #
  • "The f-bomb gerund bitch" – in another life, @farrm51 was an English teacher. #Lateline #
  • Newspoll: Preferred PM Rudd 53, Gillard 30. Rudd preferred 48 to Abbott 40. #SkyNews #
  • Nielsen poll in The Age: Preferred PM Rudd 58, Gillard 34. #
  • Sky also reports Nielsen poll asked another question on whether to replace Gillard: Yes 48, No 47. #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Preferred ALP Leader (ALP Voters): Gillard 41 Rudd 58 #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Preferred ALP Leader: Gillard 30 (+6 from September) Rudd 53 (-4) #respill #auspol #
  • RT @GhostWhoVotes: #Newspoll Preferred PM: Gillard 34 (-3) Abbott 43 (+3) #respill #auspol #
  • Galaxy poll from earlier tonight: LNP 54, ALP 46. Details from the Ghost here: http://t.co/RRQcVVoe (PDF) [corrected] #
  • What if everything you thought you knew about the economy was a lie? http://t.co/R98vkOZf – Jessica Irvine on prices and wages. #
  • Patrick Carlyon & Michael Harvey: Many faces of Julia Gillard but no voice. http://t.co/xZPMBEQV #
  • Laurie Oakes: Why they hate Kevin Rudd so much. http://t.co/VbEECf4n – a "former Rudd govt insider" has written a paper… #
  • @tdmalone There is a resources problem here. Electorate offices are inundated with all this kind of stuff now. Something has to give. #
  • @tdmalone Did you see this? http://t.co/vSzUV52e #
  • @apmd and "who observed much of the discussion and decision-making" … #
  • @apmd I'll tanner your hide if you get distracted again. #
  • Peter Hartcher: Rudd's problem wasn't anger, office management or lack of consultation. It was political timidity. http://t.co/hqDlBHGi #
  • SMH's Phillip Coorey has a leaked departmental briefing showing Rudd explored options for "repositioning" the ETS: http://t.co/vDV6OiO8 #
  • Mike Carlton on Rudd, Gonski and Blamey: http://t.co/Wb9h26EU #
  • Barry Jones on a gloomy state of affairs, double standards, and the damage wrought by Basil Fawlty politics: http://t.co/JDYiU4oa #
  • THIS is the pick of the day: wise, wise words from Shaun Carney. http://t.co/7b5raebF #
  • Michelle Grattan: "Gillard..easily has the numbers..but she will be left with a smouldering wreck of a party.." http://t.co/IRn8Whvn #
  • @DanaScully2 I have – tweeted a link earlier. #
  • Michael Gordon: Labor's politics of the jugular. http://t.co/S0euZuCX – and where was Rudd when Keating called on Hawke? #

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