My Latest Twitter Updates

  • A man on his own: http://t.co/bd1646gn (Mike Bowers photo via @TheGlobalMail) #
  • Mr. Gilbert on Sky wonders whether the "delay" is because Wayne Swan is being challenged in the spill. Spare me! #
  • @boeufblogginon Kerry-Anne Walsh #
  • 73-29 #
  • According to Phillip Coorey, says Daivd Speers on Sky. #
  • David Speers says he has a message from inside the caucus room that the count is still underway… #
  • @GreenJ Albo is surging. #
  • Thank goodness we're not live to air, says Mark Latham. #
  • Phillip Coorey says a recount is underway, say Sky. #
  • In my day a recount meant the Returning Officer made a quick visit to the toilet. #
  • Caucus secretary Chris Hayes has arrived… #
  • Chris Hayes: OFFICIAL ALP LEADERSHIP RESULT: Gillard 71, Rudd 31. #respill #auspol #
  • The atmosphere was tense, says Hayes. Rudd and Gillard spoke. Relief when the result read out. A certain amount of clapping. #
  • Hayes: The PM has been shown to have the overwhelming support of caucus… this will have a unifying outcome… #
  • Hayes says there was no second count, no call for a second count. #
  • Kevin Rudd addressing the media in Canberra… #respill #
  • Rudd: I congratulate Julia on her strong win… I accept the caucus verdict without qualification or rancour. #
  • Rudd: I bear no grudges, I bear no malice… I apologise to anyone I may have done wrong to… #
  • Rudd: We must serve the people not ourselves… #
  • Rudd says he will dedicate himself to working for Gillard's re-election… #
  • Rudd thanks the Australian people… #
  • Rudd: I resigned as Foreign Minister because I believed it was the right thing to do… #
  • Rudd on various elements of foreign policy: "I am proud of the fact…" #
  • RT @KerrieYaxley: Kevin Rudd's family watch him address media http://t.co/t2vxKYf8 #
  • Rudd: I will continue as the federal member for Griffith and beyond the next election. #
  • Rudd: "We will now take our leave." No questions as his press conference ends. #
  • Nick Champion describing Gillard as a great legislator. Richard Marles praising Rudd's leadership. #
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaking in Canberra. #respill #
  • Gillard: The last week has seen us focussed inwards on ourselves… it has been ugly… the people have had a gutful… #
  • Gillard: Today I want to say to Australians one and all, this issue has now been determined… #
  • Gillard: This political drama is over and you are back at centre stage where you should be… #
  • Gillard: I accept that I should have explained the circumstances of 2010… that has now been done… #
  • Gillard: We have come together before and we will do so now. #
  • Gillard on Rudd: As a Labor Party we must honour his achievements as prime minister… #
  • Gillard: Emerson will act as Foreign Affairs Minister… will appoint a replacement in due course… #
  • Gillard: Holding community opinion and winning elections is important… #
  • Gillard: I know I have made some mistakes… I intend to be a stronger and more forceful advocate… #
  • Gillard: I am confident we can win the next election… #
  • Gillard: I feel impatient today because I want to get on with building this nation's future… #
  • Gillard: We haven't got a day to lose. #
  • Gillard on beating Abbott: "I can and I will." #
  • Gillard: We built Medicare – the next big challenge is to build the national disability scheme. #
  • @deniswright Once… I think… trying to do several things here so god only knows! #
  • Tony Abbott: The people were expecting a new start but not just for Julia Gillard… #
  • Abbott: We still have a PM focussed more on protecting her own job than the workers of this country. #
  • Abbott: A bad government has been exposed by a whistleblower… the public will not forget Rudd's critique of the government. #
  • Abbott: Her backers will say this is a good result for her..but a third of her colleagues and a quarter of her cabinet don't have confidence #
  • Abbott: The clear answer from today is the only way we can get real change is through an election. #
  • Abbott: The Prime Minister of this country should be chosen by the people and not the faceless men. #
  • Abbott asked about no-confidence motion: I have no confidence in this PM. There are now 31 members of the caucus who have no confidence. #
  • Abbott: I formally request the independents to state their position. #
  • Abbott asked about what the independents have told him: Until I'm blue in the face, I don't talk about private conversations… #
  • Abbott: The public has rightly concluded that minority government is an experiments that has failed… #
  • As Abbott speaks, the bells ring to summon the House of Representatives for Question Time at 2pm… #
  • Bob Brown: I've sent a card to Julia Gillard congratulating her… #
  • @tcookAU Aw, shucks! #
  • Abbott's first question to Gillard: how can you claim a mandate? #qt #
  • Gillard: You survived your leadership vote by 1 vote… he had to buy new suits because they were all covered in blood… #
  • Gillard: We will build the economy of the future and a clean energy future that working families need… #qt #
  • Gillard: Australians can trust me to get the job done and I will win through no matter how negative the Opposition leader is. #qt #
  • Abbott asks about Rudd's statement that Gillard has lost the trust of the electorate… #
  • My local member has been kicked out. I'm unrepresented. #qt #
  • Deb O'Neill to Gillard: How will you get the things done that the nation needs for the future? #qt #
  • That would be the most penetrating question ever asked… #
  • Gillard: There is not a day to lose to build the future this nation needs… to make the mining boom a boom for the many not the few… #
  • RT @LukeDMaroney: mine just asked a question. I'm feeling über represented. <3 Deb #
  • The brownshirts are in the parliament… #qt #
  • Julie Bishop quotes Rudd's "it wasn't KRudd" statements… isn't he a whistleblower on a bad government getting worse. #qt #
  • Speaker Slipper cracks down on questions about party matters, including leadership. #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Wayne Swan was elected prime minister. He's doing rather well. #
  • Slipper rules Julie Bishop's supplementary question out of order because it referred to statements by Rudd… #qt #
  • @boeufblogginon The Speaker announced it! #
  • Mr. Pyne to Gillard, quoting Gillard on Rudd's "chaotic work patterns". Why did you make him Foreign Minister? #qt #
  • Gillard lists some of Rudd's achievements as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister. Rudd studies his notes and chats to his neighbour. #qt #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin Not sure… will look… #
  • Barrie Cassidy: Gillard wins over the party room; you are next. http://t.co/OiZjEWOc #
  • Mrs Mirabella to Gillard: Is Rudd right about a review of the carbon tax? #qt #
  • Gillard: Clean energy future… multi-billion jobs and competetivesness program… that lot voted against it… #qt #
  • competitiveness… #
  • Mr Katter on tomatoes and the importation of food. Will the Industry Minister act, do a whitewash or be a spectator? #qt #
  • Geoffrey Robinson: The ALP leadership spill and the triumph of the insiders. http://t.co/frXEMIB5 (via @ConversationEDU) #
  • Not a day to lose… #qt #
  • Abbott moves suspension of Standing Orders… #qt #
  • Abbott: "That the PM explain to the House how the extraordinary revelations… will end with today's bloodletting… carbon tax…" #qt #
  • Gillard stays in the chamber to respond to Abbott's motion… #
  • Abbott: Primarily this Prime Minister has a trust problem… it was on display half an hour before Question Time… #
  • Abbott on Gillard's statements about Rudd: This prime minister can't even maintain a consistent position from Thursday to Monday… #qt #
  • Jim Middleton: Labor in extistential peril? http://t.co/4iw3glzM – how are voters reacting to the rhetorical napalm? #
  • Magnadimity? #qt #
  • Julie Bishop seconds Abbott's motion to suspend Standing Orders… #
  • "She has unleashed the dogs of war…" #qt #
  • RT @ALeighMP: For history buffs. After caucus, the returning officer let me photograph a blank ballot. http://t.co/QfQTJe1A #
  • Gillard speaks on the suspension motion: I welcome this debate because it is about the priorities of the nation… on jobs, families… #qt #
  • Gillard: …a focus on a stronger and fairer future… this is the government's focus… #
  • Gillard: We have delivered an historic health agreement… they never want to debate health because they have plans for cutbacks. #qt #
  • RT @australian: KEVIN Rudd and Wayne Swan shook hands after today's Labor leadership ballot. http://t.co/y3ZCxSED #
  • Gillard on Libs: They never found a billionaire they didn't want to shovel money at. #qt #
  • "At least one MP cried at the ballot box." http://t.co/5ikkUlag #
  • "[Dick] Adams reportedly offered MPs a hug or a kiss 'to begin the healing process'." http://t.co/5ikkUlag #
  • Albo: "We only need one person to beat you lot and that's the prime minister." #qt #
  • Speaker Slipper: "Thankfully, the time for this debate has expired." #qt #
  • The House is now dividing on the motion to suspend Standing Orders. It can't pass, regardless of the vote. #
  • @andrew_hedge Because a motion like this requires an absolute majority (76) to pass. The opposition don't have 76. Some MPs kicked out also. #
  • Suspension motion lost 69-72. #qt #
  • Mensa and Mirabella – there's two words you don't expect to find in the same sentence. #qt #
  • I might have to withdraw that. #
  • The power of political imagery: http://t.co/JOymouy1 – Ross Fitzgerald & Stephen Holt explain the origins of the "faceless men" term. #
  • Mungo MacCallum: No-one can smash the ALP. http://t.co/yOnn4zxe – "it was just a stoush over the leadership" #
  • Mr. Oakeshott says it's business as usual – "so long as my agreement is upheld" #PMAgenda #
  • Mark Arbib about to announce his retirement, says Sky News. #
  • Arbib speaking at press conference in Canberra: "Leadership ballots in all parties are difficult, emotional and complex events…" #
  • Arbib quits as minister and senator. #
  • Arbib: Along with my colleagues, I've had to make some difficult decisions… they were correct… they helped Labor win in 2010." #
  • Arbib: The personal toll on family is great… a 7-day-a-week job… #
  • There's a crying daughter involved… #
  • Arbib has been a senator for three and a half years. Biography here: http://t.co/WyQ9Icba #
  • Arbib: I'm resigning because I want to give the party a chance to heal. #
  • Why do you feel the need to resign for healing reasons, asks Grattan. You didn't say much over the past week. #
  • Arbib: We need to close the door on the recent period. #
  • Shanahan: Are you now paying the price for ensuring ongoing stability through 2013 for Julia Gillard from the Rudd camp? #
  • Arbib: This isn't going to be easy. I accept Kevin Rudd at his word. I'm uniquely placed, given my own history, to do this. #
  • Senator Kristina Keneally? #
  • RT @Pollytics: Any chance David Feeney is wanting to hold a presser tomorrow? #
  • RT @GreenJ: albert field just rang, he wants his casual vacancy back. #
  • Arbib: There's been no pressure from anyone. This is my own decision. The only people I've consulted are my family. I spoke to the PM today. #
  • Q: Is there nothing else you would to tell us about this now? Arbib: No, nothing. #
  • Q: Can we take it you've given up on the Gillard government. Arbib: Write it down now, she is going to win this election. #
  • @daviesbryn Party nominates a replacement. Vacancy formally filled by NSW Parliament at joint sitting. #
  • Arbib: Factions are a party of life.. it's human nature… factions allow the party to manage a massive program, the way we operate. #
  • Arbib denies he's going to work for James Packer. #
  • Chris Bowen says he's surprised and disappointed at Arbib's resignation… he really cares about indigenous employment… #
  • He's always been driven by policy outcomes… #
  • I have filled so many buckets these last few weeks. #
  • @kirstinferguson Nothing. His place will be filled by someone nominated by the NSW ALP. #
  • Today's Essential Report poll: LNP 56 (+1), ALP 44. Prim: LNP 49 (+1), ALP 32 (-1), Greens 11 (0), Others 8 (-1) http://t.co/5Vj4j2jH #
  • Telstra has unveiled retail prices for NBN/phone bundles: http://t.co/HFGxDIZR #
  • @djmattyg007 Not much data but it includes calls. The $150 plan looks reasonable to me. #
  • Transcript of Kevin Rudd's speech to the ALP caucus prior to this morning's ballot: http://t.co/7EFocuNh (via @Simon_Cullen) #
  • Mike Bowers' photo essay of today's spill: http://t.co/lxsfJQVD – via @mpbowers @TheGlobalMail #
  • Liberal Party video of Tony Abbott's comments after the ALP caucus ballot: http://t.co/FOxnWyco #
  • @Kimbo_Ramplin I presume you've seen this? http://t.co/sDUP0XjH #
  • Winners and losers of a political history rewritten: http://t.co/vdptyrI2 – @Drag0nista at The Drum on Gillard's approval ratings. #
  • And some thoughts on today's leadership ballot: http://t.co/lVsZtwCQ #respill #auspol #
  • @zmkc I actually tossed up whether to depict Rudd as Snowball or Farmer Jones. Both seemed to work in their own way. #
  • @Drag0nista I notice we traversed some of the same ground. #
  • @Drag0nista I was thinking more of how I came to it personally. Might have been plus or minus a few days! #
  • First question and the answer is yes and no… #QandA #
  • @Drag0nista I don't see how having an opposite outlook makes objectivity easy… #
  • Unprecedented bloodletting, family murders, butting heads, a virus, fighting Julia, mad monk… a violent night on #QandA so far. #
  • paradigm… #
  • @tobiasziegler stop thinking like me… #
  • Cue Twitter lecture on the parliamentary system… #
  • Patronism? #QandA #
  • @feneleyandco Our trouble is they all look like Year 9s these days. #
  • We, the People… #
  • Current turnout is around 5-15% tops… RT @LindaWhiteASU: Janet hardly anyone votes in the USA…primaries make no difference #qanda #
  • I favour the Tamworth Model. #
  • @foomeister Admit it, it just might work. #
  • "A really unfortunate period." #
  • @p3arl88 Yes, but there are also candidates not wealthy who are able to raise the money – that has its own problems. #
  • When I think of family values, I always think of Mark Arbib. #QandA #
  • @BenAveling The Sopranos? #
  • @Captainsuburbia I saw him perform once or twice at country shows. The Sheikh from Scrubby Creek! #
  • @feneleyandco Hehe, I noticed. #
  • There's not many politicians who can quieten Barnaby Joyce but Peter Beattie has it down pitch perfect. #QandA #
  • If Chris Evans really believe Tony Abbott is a drag on the Liberal vote, he ought to just shut up about it. #
  • What a nasty little man Emerson has become. #Lateline #
  • @lapuntadelfin Since when was Kevin Rudd his ex?! #
  • @sa9321 Just the usual "Rudd was a magnificent Foreign Minister but…" routine. Very slimy. #
  • Whoops… there are many fruitloops around tonight and I have inadvertently encouraged them. Time to do something else. #
  • Pressure to purge cabinet of Rudd backers: http://t.co/BFDH8KTA – Carr/McClelland at risk, Bowen/Ferguson less so. (via @australian) #
  • David Penberthy: Flawed tactics backfire on Kev and his mates. http://t.co/PMnyyg4q #
  • Shaun Carney: New Julia's ultimate test. http://t.co/hsDxrWj7 – an opportunity to reshape the govt – why not start with Swan? #
  • Michael Gordon: Darren Cheeseman's 'good idea at the time' ignited the bonfire that tested the vanities. http://t.co/KZJCray1 #
  • Peter Costello: PM's forces mitaken if they think Kevin will give up. http://t.co/vkcY6WtA #
  • David Day: The cloak of authority can be worn at last. http://t.co/vkcY6WtA – useful analysis from Curtin's biographer. #
  • Peter Hartcher: Blood and spittle on pub floor, to little avail. http://t.co/UtBNXxOh #
  • Lenore Taylor: Skirmish is over but now comes the real challenge – persuading voters. http://t.co/5V2GgYp5 #
  • Gerard Henderson: Hold the hyperbole, Labor's problems are just same old same old. http://t.co/M1SwFbLn #
  • Peter van Onselen says Gillard should demand Swan's resignation as Deputy PM. http://t.co/M6Va7Pek (The Aust) #
  • Niki Savva says Gillard can never "clean up the effing mess". http://t.co/IDzJQ5vg – playing Russian roulette with every chamber loaded #
  • Greg Sheridan suggests Robert McClelland as Foreign Minister: http://t.co/F2nuuW6u (The Aust) #
  • Dennis Shanahan: This is Gillard's strongest chance to lift Labor's fortunes. http://t.co/nBrvu48V (The Aust) #
  • Paul Kelly: PM must harness show of strength. http://t.co/lBZN5XVJ (The Aust) #

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