Twitter Updates

  • I presume nothing big happened on Twitter today during my absence? #
  • Maybe… RT @cate3221: Andrew Sullivan sums up Michael Jackson better than anything I've read today by a mile – http://tinyurl.com/nubpcy #
  • Influence the real ute issue – http://twurl.nl/3odohs – Danielle Cronin with one of the two best summations of the week in Aust. politics. #
  • Mind game delivers a win for PM – http://twurl.nl/zfftau – Michelle Grattan is the other wise voice on OzCar. #
  • How America Is Constantly At War – http://twurl.nl/aa8jrz – Jake Lynch on the underlying momentum in the US economy. #
  • Michael Jackson died so that Turnbull might live – http://twurl.nl/neqlp8 – Christian Kerr nails down some electoral realities. #
  • Take a lesson from Thomas More – http://tinyurl.com/klarox – Dennis Shanahan completes a week of bracing analysis of Mr. Turnbull. #
  • Facebook: Opposition Research Dream Come True – http://twurl.nl/fky5e2 – now your opponents do your work for you! #



Twitter Updates

  • Retweeting and Political Activism – http://twurl.nl/fzr581 – the psychology of viral tweeting. #
  • NSW MPs angered over Upper House lockout – http://twurl.nl/15tc48 – waiting for the “ringing of the long bell”… #
  • Question Time begins in the House of Reps with a question to Rudd about a fundraiser in 2002 with John Grant to raise funds for legal costs. #
  • Rudd says a Ban Aircraft group raised funds to pay for costs he incurred as part of a lobbying campaign… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Quest. Rudd over airport noise issue will look ridiculous when it’s widely known in Qld that he was rep. his constituents! #
  • Rudd says he lost a court case fighting a campaign againt airport noise and local community groups raised funds to pay legal costs #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Rudd says Grant came to a rubber chicken dinner for him and may have bought an auction item. #
  • Rudd now onto how the fake email was disseminated…says this is vastly different from his own activities as a local member… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Vigorous dead spider from Rudd. Getting riled. Says MT didn’t have the courage to ask the question. #
  • Damian Hale (ALP-Solomon, NT) asks Rudd about latest OECD report and state of the economy… #
  • Rudd repeats now standard lines about Aust. weathering the GFC better than comparable countries…2nd lowest unemployment & debt. #
  • Rudd says contraction in Aust. economy is lower than OECD as a whole… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: And suddenly it’s slide night. Amazing that Krudd can give the impression of Powerpoint using voice alone. #
  • We laugh at the language and style of Rudd delivering these statistics to Parlt but they are also the bedrock of his political position… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: OECD report like a big box of chocolates for the PM. ripping his way through the pralines and heading for the soft centres #
  • Rudd now praising role of local government in the “nation building for recovery plan”… #
  • Meanwhile, elsewhere …RT @sarahinthesen8: sitting in the chamber, enduring the last Question Time in the Senate before the winter break… #
  • Abbott asks Rudd whether when in China he provided assistance to Aussie Rent, a company owned by John Grant… #
  • Rudd says he has no idea what Abbott is referring to…attacks politics of smear from the Libs… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: “I stress that I’m not making an accusation”. People Skills in ‘umble servant mode. Quite entrancing. #
  • RT @rod3000: Where’s Malcolm? #
  • Janelle Saffin (ALP-Page, NSW) asks Swan for update on economic matters…Swan says Aust. one of strongest performing economies in world… #
  • …but we’re “not out of the woods” yet… #
  • Swan now quoting OECD report’s support for government’s stimulus strategy…this report is the icing on the cake for the govt on final day.. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Janelle Saffin; Any chance of some key economic indicators, Wayne? #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Wayne Swan: As it happens, Janelle, I am in a position to oblige #
  • Hockey asks Swan question about Ozcar…surprise…how many car dealers did he speak to on the phone? You only spoke to one, didn’t you? #
  • Swan: I spoke to Grant for about 2 minutes…other car dealers received similar treatment to Grant… #
  • James Bidgood (ALP-Dawson, Qld) asks Albanese about partnerships with local government… a cheerful Leader of the House bounces up… #
  • Nearly 2.30 and Turnbull hasn’t asked a single question yet… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Crazy James Bidgood asks a Dorothy Dix of Albanese. No pix!! #
  • An interest in commercial photography & belief in the “end days” is presumably the basis of “crazy” allegation from @annabelcrabb#
  • Hockey asks Swan at what point it becomes odd to hand over the phone number of PM’s “benefactor & friend” to Ford Credit… #
  • Swan, obviously feeling secure at the end of what was potentially a bad week, calls Hockey “sloppy Joe” and launches into the usual… #
  • Julia Irwin (ALP-Fowler, NSW) asks Finance Minister Tanner about productivity… #
  • Tanner says Aust productivity is not as good as it should be… but govt is investing in long-term infrastructure, Broadband & skills. #
  • Tanner says investment in renewable energy, research and development & regulatory reform will lift productivity… #
  • …Meanwhile, Tanner says, the Liberals are not interested in these issues… we had a lost decade under them on investment and productivity #
  • @Nana_Mex I don’t normally do *waves* but will make exception for you and @marghuttonin reply to Nana_Mex #
  • 40 minutes in and Turnbull rises to ask his first question… is met by roars and interjections… #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd if he agrees with Tanner assessment on TV last night of OzCar “connections”…itemises the list of Grant connections… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull has “holed” his integrity during this past week…as public expects a policy debate, they haven’t asked a single policy Q #
  • Rudd: We’re getting on with the job… Libs are wasting the nation’s time… politics of fear and smear… etc. #
  • Rudd: This leader of the Opposition is no longer sustainable in his position… #
  • Rudd: Hockey has walked away from his leader…when you’re in a scrap the last person you want behind you is Member for Nth Sydney… #
  • Rudd: We have a Leader of the Opposition slowly sinking beneath the waves… #
  • Jon Sullivan (ALP-Longman, Qld) asks Rudd for an update on the situation in Iran…good gracious, are we interested in that? #
  • Rudd condemns the crackdown by the regime in Tehran… #
  • Rudd says Aust supports Obama’s diplomacy with Iran absolutely… #
  • Rudd: an appalling travesty of democracy taking place in Iran… #
  • Turnbull supports Rudd’s comments on Iran… #
  • Bruce Scott (Nat-Maranoa, Qld) asks about a car dealer who claims to have received no assistance from govt. Does Swan stand by claims…? #
  • Swan says that dealer did not contact me… I will follow it up… #
  • Darren Cheeseman (ALP-Corangamite, Vic) asks Tanya Plibersek about housing construction… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Iranians dying in quest for democracy. Aust dem. usefully occ. in “Herbie Goes Bananas” style chase after 2nd hand ute. #
  • Yes! … RT @BernardKeane: Did Swanee just blame Grech’s absence for inaction? #
  • Turnbull asks his second question to Rudd about Swan’s AM interview this morning – http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2009/s2607899.htm #
  • Turnbull: Is the only way to have all the questions answered to have a judicial inquiry? #
  • Rudd launches attack on Turnbull for saying he will not provide his computer records to the AFP… many questions hang over his head now… #
  • Jim Turnout (ALP-Leichhardt, Qld) asks Warren Snowdon a question about service delivery… #
  • …I wasn’t listening properly…it was a climate change question… #
  • and it’s Turnour, not Turnout… this is the last day… #
  • Snowdon says Opposition is a “cabal of fakers and sceptics”… #
  • Speaker Jenkins says he’s amazed by the appalling behaviour of the Opposition… #
  • Julie Bishop asks about fake email being created on a Treasury computer and then deleted after being sent to Grech…AFP didn’t say this… #
  • Tanner says AFP media statement suggests Bishop doesn’t know what she’s talking about… [it did refer to forensic evidence] #
  • Bishop seeks to table AFP statement…leave not granted… Opposition getting loud now… #
  • Shayne Neumann (ALP-Blair, Qld) asks Agriculture Minister Tony Burke about export subsidies… #
  • Robert Oakeshott (Ind-Lyne, NSW) asks Rudd about climate change and electricity…can you explain view on national tariff scheme… #
  • Rudd says Oakeshott gave a Kennedy-esque introduction to his question… good relations with country independents never hurts… #
  • I feel very ignorant…Rudd giving a complex answer about electricity, renewable energy certificates, et al… #
  • Jill Hall (ALP-Shortland, NSW) asks Jenny Macklin a question about pensions… #
  • Macklin quoting from report showing Howard govt neglected pensioners for “12 long years”… shame on them, she says… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Kev mow chatting with Oakeshott and Windsor. #
  • There is no heat in today’s Question Time…the govt is rampant, the Libs subdued…let’s all go home… #
  • Julie Bishop asks Rudd about Auditor-General’s investigation of OzCar…will all reports be tabled in Parliament? #
  • Rudd: The Auditor operates independently, as does the AFP… the Opp should co-operate fully with those investigations. #
  • Melissa Parke (ALP-Fremantle, WA) asks Martin Ferguson about Internation Renewable Energy Agency… Mar’n says he off overseas to sign up… #
  • Ferguson has a go at Greg Hunt over his lack of achievement in the energy debate… #
  • Turnbull looking intently at Ferguson as he attacks the Opp. Abbott takes point of order that Ferguson is being irrelevant… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: That raises th’issue ‘f certainty, Mist Speaker. #
  • Speaker Jenkins tells Ferguson to wrap up… Albanese can be heard saying “keep going Martin”… #
  • Julie Bishop asks Attorney-General McClelland about independent police investigation. Has A-G given any updates on inquiry to Tanner? #
  • McClelland: No. #
  • Dick Adams (ALP-Lyons, Tas) asks Tony Burke about protecting flora and fauna… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Opposition now into hand-written questions cos we’ve gone over 20. You can tell they’re struggling. #
  • Burke says business wants certainty but the Opposition’s divisions are making that difficult… #
  • Burke waves Quarterly Essay by @annabelcrabb and starts cracking lines about dead cats… #
  • Burke attempts to talk about dead cats… Abbott moves that he be no longer heard… the House divides. #
  • This is all your fault @annabelcrabb#
  • The story of the cat can be found on pages 30-34 of “Stop at Nothing” by @annabelcrabbhttp://twurl.nl/zbgsw8 #
  • … and I’m not even getting an affiliate commission for promoting that… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: While we’re waiting… http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/Blogs/DogBlogs/tabid/104/Default.aspx #
  • Quote about Turnbull from the late Senator Jim McClelland, known as “Diamond Jim”, whose step-daughter owned the cat in question… #
  • “He’s a turd. He’s easy to loathe, he’s a shit, he’d devour anyone for breakfast, he’s on the make, he’s cynical, he’s offensively smug.” #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Division still in progress. If this was the Senate the Greens would have tried to bring a cat in by now. #
  • The division is over, the motion to gag Burke defeated… Question Time resumes… #
  • Burke says he is aware of potential threats to Jasper the Cat at the Lodge and if anything happens then questions will be asked… #
  • Rudd ends Question Time… #
  • Turnbull can be heard saying Burke made a “grubby” imputation… Jenkins says he doesn’t know Turnbull is referring to.. #
  • Abbott says it was a smear directed at Turnbull and should be withdrawn… #
  • Speaker Jenkins seems reluctant to involve himself but asks Burke to consider withdrawing… #
  • Albanese says Opp has been grubby all week… #
  • Burke withdraws on request of the Speaker… #
  • Albanese asks Julie Bishop to withdraw something she said (anyone hear?) and she does so… #
  • It’s all good fun… but thank god it’s over for 6 weeks… Albanese tells the House they can probably adjourn at the normal time tonight… #
  • RT: @JasperTheCat: Oh fuck, now I’m in Hansard. #
  • RT @dfg77: @mfarnsworth JB called him a grub I think. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: And that’s all folks! Going for a scalding shower. #
  • RT @Pollytics: More withdrawals than prom night at New England Catholic College. #
  • Plibersek announces that Ron Silberberg from Housing Industry Association is retiring. She and Abbott pay tribute… #
  • But there’s no love lost between the HIA and the ALP going back to the Keating days… #
  • Nixon: The unexpurgated words of a President close to the edge – http://twurl.nl/gvjnyq – Nixon-ophiles are devouring 150 hours of new tapes #
  • A First Lady Who Demands Substance – http://twurl.nl/iib6wn – a social or political role for Michelle Obama? #
  • For Republicans, A Long Winter Gets Longer – http://twurl.nl/xkxs1d – hands up junior Jaycees presidents in Memphis… #
  • RT @AndrewBartlett: Amnesty International – http://tiny.cc/msKra – 21 killings confirmed by state media #iranelection #
  • @RicRaftis Happy birthday to you..happy birthday to you.. in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Watching Tim Gartrell and John Hewson on timeshift… #
  • Gartrell points out that the govt is now beginning to “frame” Turnbull for the election… #lateline #
  • @danupoyner The reason is the last Saturday in November 2010… in reply to danupoyner #
  • Gartrell says there is no alternative to Turnbull as Liberal leader for the next election #lateline #
  • Hewson says Turnbull has to make his possible weaknesses – eg.impetuosity – into strengths… #lateline #
  • Jones asks about reports that Liberal leadership circle was opposed to using the email…Hewson says easy to be wise after the event. #
  • Gartrell asks why Turnbull was so involved in lead-up to email fracas…didn’t firewall Turnbull or the party… #
  • Hewson agrees and recounts slower process in tackling Keating minister Richardson in early 1990s… checking docs, using Senate, etc. #
  • Jones asks about Eric Abetz meeting with Grech before Senate testimony…propriety? Coaching of witness? #lateline #
  • Gartrell makes the simple point that the government has come out of the week much stronger but cautions against early election #lateline #
  • Jones asks about Feb-March double dissolution possibility but Gartrell thinks Aug 2010 more likely. #lateline #
  • Hewson maintains early election possibility is high and says the worst economic news is still to come. #lateline #
  • Jones asks if govt has learnt a lesson from Wayne Swan Ozcar affair…Gartrell thinks the case against Swan is thin anyway. #lateline #
  • @RicRaftis Hewson makes a living out of political commentary, especially on Sky. I treat him like one of the family… in reply to RicRaftis #
  • “I’ve been hiking on the Appalachian Trail” – http://twurl.nl/g7sr5n …must remember that one… #
  • RT @washingtonpost: Flip through our ‘History of Political Sex Scandals’ graphic – http://tr.im/pIgr #sanford #



Twitter Updates

  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun…Turnbull opens with question about Swan’s statements about John Grant… #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd if Swan has complied with the code of ministerial conduct… Rudd says Libs confidence in Turnbull is fading… #
  • Rudd says Libs pretending the crisis in their party isn’t there…Turnbull’s integrity and authority shattered…3 coalition policy splits.. #
  • Rudd quotes Hockey’s comments on Lateline about where the buck stops…”you don’t always agree with decisions of the team”… #
  • Hockey objects…”He doth protest too much,” Rudd says…Abbott takes point of order… #
  • Rudd is querying the loyalty being shown to Turnbull by Hockey and the Liberal caucus. Lists alcopops, CPRS and immigration as policy splits #
  • Agreed – a most remarkable interview … RT @Pollytics: The Hockey/Lateline interview – a veritable smorgasbord of political ammunition. #
  • If you didn’t see Joe Hockey’s interview on Lateline with Tony Jones, watch it here: http://twurl.nl/sm5qb7 – transcript not yet up. #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd whether he received a “detailed Treasury brief” in April on OzCar procedures… #
  • Rudd says the brief was on a different issue to that involving Swan and Grant. Rudd hammers argument that Turnbull has made reckless charges #
  • Rudd refers to “Mr Farr of the Gallery…a man of some respect and intelligence”… good reference for News Ltd’s Malcolm Farr. #
  • Abbott takes another point of order about time Rudd is taking – says he’s ignoring the Bennelong car dealer question. Rudd ploughs on… #
  • Rudd says senior Liberals should tap Turnbull on the shoulder and tell him it’s time to go… #
  • Mike Symon (ALP-Deakin, Vic) asks Rudd a question about climate change…Rudd takes his time leading up to coalition splits on this issue… #
  • Someone interjects to say temperatures have dropped this century…Rudd says this shows the decline in Turnbull’s authority… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: And that would be Dennis Jensen, believe it or not #
  • Rudd is ridiculing the Liberal climate change sceptics over their denial of rational science. Ian Macfarlane (Lib-Groom, Qld) interjects. #
  • Rudd enjoying himself…singles out Andrew Robb (Lib-Goldstein, Vic) as a climate change sceptic…Lib backbenches very animated over this. #
  • Rudd: I find it remarkable in this day and age they can still be questioning the climate change science… #
  • Rudd suggests Abbott is talking up his leadership prospects around the corridors… this is not the usual robotic Rudd we often see in Parlt #
  • Abbott says Rudd is “lowering the tone”…Rudd says it’s good to see him working on behalf of his constituent (Turnbull?) #
  • Hockey asks Swan about John Grant again… wasn’t he simply assessed simply on the basis of being the PM’s mate? #
  • I think Swan gave a one-word response and then sat down… Combet now answering a question about climate change… #
  • The govt. strategy in Question Time today is aimed at highlighting policy differences in the coalition and using this to undermine Turnbull. #
  • Combet singling out Dennis Jensen (Lib-Tangney, WA) as a climate change sceptic. Also names Abetz, Dutton, Haase, Cobb and some senators. #
  • RT @dfg77: Abbott’s constituent is Pat Farmer, who no longer lives in his Western Sydney electorate. #
  • Hockey asks Swan about an April 28 email suggesting that a car dealer received unfavourable treatment because he was in a Liberal electorate #
  • Turnbull interrupts Swan’s answer to move a censure motion against Swan… #
  • As Turnbull reads his motion, Albanese rises…brief confusion…Turnbull continues reading motion…is he about to be gagged? #
  • RT @Pollytics: Moving more motions this week than the morning after the night before of bad curry and cheap grog. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Oh. That’s an Oppn that’s run out of puff. #
  • Turnbull reading an extraordinarily long motion of censure itemising details of Swan, John Grant and OzCar… #
  • Albanese: “Mr Speaker, I move that the member be no longer heard” – this is known as the “gag” #
  • The House of Reps is now dividing on Albanese’s gag motion… will take several minutes… #
  • RT @sarahinthesen8: Introducing my private members bill on Gay Marriage this afternoon… around 3.45pm #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Brendan Nelson smiling genially but non-commitally at Labor calls for his return. #
  • Motion to gag Turnbull has been passed. Hockey rises to second the motion and is also gagged… #
  • RT @reversepr: #utegate Labor having gagged Turnbull, are now moving to gag Hockey too. No wonder the public is cynical about politics! #
  • Wake up @reversepr – this is standard procedure as you well know… I vaguely remember the Howard govt doing this a number of times.. #
  • The division completed, Turnbull’s attempt to move a censure motion against Swan has been defeated. Will Rudd continue with Questions? #
  • Question Time continues…Roger Price (ALP-Chifley, NSW) asks Albanese about something or other but Albanese has other things to say… #
  • Albanese says he’s never seen such a quiet reaction to a defeated motion from the Opposition… they know a dead cat, he says… #
  • Albanese says Libs passed up a chance to move a motion at another time… #
  • Albanese says watching Turnbull with Kieran Gilbert on @SkyNewsAust this morning was like seeing the ghost of Mark Latham… #
  • Albanese doing what a good Leader of the House does best…lambasting the Opposition…don’t let anyone tell you he’s not good at it… #
  • Abbott moves “that the Minister be no longer heard”. Jenkins takes a vote “on the voices”, declares “the No-s have it” but division called. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: OK this is getting farcical. #
  • The House of Reps is now dividing for the 4th time on a motion to gag Albanese. This will fail. Will Rudd continue with Question Time? #
  • All votes in the House are initially taken “on the voices” – “those in favour say aye, those against say no, I think the ayes have it”. #
  • A division is only called if a member calls for one. Most procedural motions are passed on the voices as is much legislation. #
  • In light of the week’s events and given that this is the last sitting week for 7 weeks, unsurprising there’s a bit of aggro around… #
  • The gag motion against Albanese is declared lost and members return to their sides of the House… #
  • Albanese continues his “answer”… #
  • Albanese says important migration detention legislation is before the House supported by some members opposite such as Petro Georgiou… #
  • Albanese says we’re also waiting on carbon emissions legislation to return from the Senate…but there is chaos from the rabble opposite… #
  • Albanese keeps a totally straight face throughout this ‘more in sorrow than anger’ attack on Turnbull… #
  • Amanda Rishworth (ALP-Kingston, SA) nods sympathetically as Albanese speaks… #
  • Hockey asks Swan whether John Grant received the same assistance as other car dealers…Swan stands 100% by previous statements… #
  • Swan says Hockey cut Turnbull “loose” in his Lateline interview… Turnbull is “swinging in the breeze”… #
  • Me too..RT @jayrosen_nyu: I am sure it would surprise some ..but a lot of what I do on Twitter I do for reasons of beauty. Or avoiding ugly. #
  • Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield, SA) asks Agriculture Minister about climate change and rain-making…no prizes for guessing where this goes… #
  • Tony Burke refers to Russian briefing papers on cloud-seeding…begins quoting story of Russians dropping a bag of cement on a house… #
  • Turnbull takes point of order and calls Burke a “moron”… withdraws… that’s two morons in two days… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Oh dear – the descent into complete farce is complete. #
  • Tony Abbott says Burke is abusing Question Time and moves that he be no longer heard…aye..no..the ayes have it…NO…RING THE BELLS…. #
  • And so the House divides for the 5th time during Questions on a motion to gag Agriculture Minister Burke…the motion will be defeated… #
  • Tactics question: will Rudd go along with these shenanigans beyond this point? Does he persist with Question Time or end it here? #
  • Speaker Jenkins gets confused about whether the motion was passed or “negatived”…Motion defeated, members return to their seats. #
  • Tony Burke continues… quotes Turnbull definition of corruption…Abbott takes point of order… #
  • @mr_billiam Politics is a slow boring of hard boards – Max Weber in reply to mr_billiam #
  • Turnbull moves for suspension of Standing Orders so that he can move a motion calling on the government to establish a judicial inquiry… #
  • Turnbull’s motion calls for OzCar judicial inquiry…like his previous motion it’s very long, itemising areas of inquiry… #
  • Albanese rises: “I move that the member be no longer heard.” #
  • The House is now dividing for the 6th time in the past hour… #
  • RT @BernardKeane: I like how Albo lets him go for a minute or two before killing it. #
  • In defence of what’s happening: yes, it’s farcical at one level, but everything in Parlt requires procedural clearance… #
  • …this is the only orderly way in which decisions can be made…it’s the same for all organisations who conduct meetings… #
  • …apologies for the mis-use of the “who” pronoun in last tweet… #
  • Speaker Jenkins asks whether the same motion has been moved twice and is this division in order… #
  • Albanese, speaking with papers on his head, an arcane procedure, argues that the motion is out of order…Jenkins concurs… #
  • The division is abandoned… #
  • Philip Ruddock asks Attorney-General McClelland about running commentary on Federal Police activities… #
  • Ruddock asks whether the presumption of innocence is still being applied to Godwin Grech… many ALP members suggest Ruddock has a cheek… #
  • RT @Pollytics: @TagAlongTess Because the person speaking cant have “the call” (there isnt one), they hold the paper above the head to speak. #
  • McClelland says statement from the Federal Police was entirely their own decision and there was no interference… #
  • Health Minister Roxon takes a question on paid maternity leave… #
  • RT @TagAlongTess: Thanks @pollytics @bernardkeane and @mfarnsworth for your explanations! 🙂 #
  • Old political saying: “Never explain, never complain, never resign”… @TagAlongTess #
  • Tony Windsor (Ind-New England, NSW) asks Rudd why renewable remote power assistance program has been abolished. #
  • Rudd reads a prepared answer…back to his rapid-fire delivery…and I’m too tired to keep up with it… #
  • Relentless and focussed as ever, Rudd turns the prepared answer to an attack on the Opposition over its emission trading stance… #
  • Greg Hunt takes point or order and is kicked out for 1 hour by Speaker Jenkins… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull’s authority on ETS and coalition disarray has a direct effect on Australian families and the policy debate… #
  • “Bring back Nelson,” a voice calls out… #
  • Jenkins ejects Joe Hockey for one hour under Standing Order 94A… #
  • Abbott asks if Jenkins will reconsider Hockey’s expulsion because he has an MPI listed in his name following Question Time… #
  • MPI = Matter of Public Importance – an opportunity for the Parliament to debate issues of the moment. #
  • RT @empatt: @mfarnsworth Don’t you ever get tired of the relentless focus it requires to stay current on these conversations? #
  • RT @Pollytics: How Julia Gillard must be wishing she was home. #
  • Albanese is answering a question but I was so relentlessly UNfocussed I missed it… #
  • RT @andrewsayer: I want 2 c u tweet “Rudd’s throwin’ punches! Turnbull’s at it too! Look out! Hockey’s come out of nowhere with a haymaker! #
  • Bring back Gough so he can chuck a glass of water… @andrewsayer #
  • @mr_billiam Federal-Local cooperation is so important…especially with all those pesky state Labor governments… in reply to mr_billiam #
  • Rudd: “It being ten to four, I ask that further questions be place on notice.” #
  • And then Rudd makes an inane comment about some sporting event tonight…he’s lost me now… #
  • Twitter vc CNN: Blood on the streets – http://twurl.nl/vsa8h0 – @ajkeen trusts CNN’s “saccharine irrelevance”, not “the chaos of Twitter”. #
  • RT @IdeasCulture: @mfarnsworth Hey there – what’s your wrap up of the day’s political activities? #
  • Govt up; Opposition down, still in the ring but punchdrunk. Will Kerry deliver the knock-out on 7.30 Report? #
  • Ideal for commenting on http://twurl.nl/116tsd RT @kirsty_wilson: Just acquired my own globally recognized avatar – http://en.gravatar.com #
  • RT @LiberalAus: Turnbull interview with Kieran Gilbert (Sky News) – Labor trying to escape a full inquiry – http://tinyurl.com/mbfhw5 #
  • RT @rod3000: @mfarnsworth how much further can Utegate go? #
  • It comes to an end tomorrow when Parlt gets up for the winter recess @rod3000 – Auditor’s report due July 31 could be of interest… #
  • But the political impact will go on longer… Rudd strengthened, Turnbull weakened @rod3000 #
  • Cartoon of the day: http://twurl.nl/50smsq #
  • ABC TV news says it has learned there will be an email trail linking Godwin Grech with Liberal Party members. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull is being interviewed by Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report…O’Brien says Swan has twice declined to appear this week… #
  • Turnbull bouncy and interrupting O’Brien’s intro… #
  • Turnbull says no-one in this town reveals their sources… repeats lines about whistleblowers… #
  • Turnbull says Albanese wouldn’t dare joke about Latham in front of Gillard… #
  • O’Brien queries Turnbull about not declaring a source when you’re making allegations against the government… #
  • Turnbull asked about personal relationship with Grech…says he’s a fine public servant… #
  • Turnbull says ALP doesn’t want to talk about real emails showing special treatment of John Grant… #
  • O’Brien persists with fake email questions…did you or any other Liberal have contact with Grech between June 4-19… Turnbull declines… #
  • Turnbull says it’s a lie they concocted the email because it was sent from the Treasury…says his allegations based on Senate testimony… #
  • O’Brien repeats question about contact with Grech between June 4-19…Turnbull says he won’t discuss Grech because of AFP investigation. #
  • Turnbull claims AFP inquiry details being leaked out by Labor as part of a political game… #
  • O’Brien: What is propriety & responsibliity of judicial inquiry where there is a police investigation ongoing with possibility of charges… #
  • Turnbull repeats calls for judicial inquiry… says it’s a separate issue from fake email issue which has a much narrower focus… #
  • Turnbull won’t be deflected from talking about Swan, Grant, etc… O’Brien persists with Grech & fake email… #
  • Turnbull trying to minimise attention on fake email and Grech links to Liberal Party…says whistleblowers not uncommon… #
  • O’Brien asks if Grech is a whistleblower… #
  • O’Brien asks Turnbull about confrontation with Andrew Charlton at Mid Winter Ball…Turnbull says it was a private conversation… #
  • O’Brien: how many other staffers do you confront with advice about their behaviour? #
  • Turnbull: It would be a good thing if I said it to most of them… #
  • A stalemate interview ends…Turnbull remained on-message but his forced joviality doesn’t ring true. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Better effort from Kezza. And is there ANY topic that Turnbull will discuss apart from Swanee? #
  • OECD Economic Outlook – http://twurl.nl/o3obec – OECD expects Aust economy to contract 0.4% in 2009, compared to 4.1% overall. #
  • The End of the Beginning – http://twurl.nl/4ei7y4 – Roger Cohen on Iran (NYT) #



Twitter Updates

  • The Two Faces of Twitter: Revolution in a Digital Age – http://twurl.nl/c0ne0v Darrell West warns that new technologies also aid repression. #
  • Question Time in the House of Representatives has begun… Turnbull rises to his feet and is met with calls of “resign”… #
  • Turnbull asks question to Rudd about “Bennelong car dealer”…Rudd begins new mantra calling on Turnbull to resign… interjections… #
  • Speaker Jenkins sternly warns the House to “sit and listen”… #
  • Abbott, then Hockey, then Stone, take points of order against Rudd who ploughs on with Turnbull attack… #
  • Rudd now responding to a question about state of the global markets. We get taken on a visit to a school to view the Education Revolution… #
  • Bruce Scott asks Swan a question about Longreach Motors – did this dealership get the same treatment as John Grant? #
  • Swan launches into sledging Turnbull…Abott takes point of order…Swan says Turnbull is blaming him for fake email: “He’s lost the plot”. #
  • The Iranian Election and the Revolution Test – http://twurl.nl/ba0run – Stratfor argues the Iranian “revolution” never took off & won’t now. #
  • Swan says Grech sent 131 emails to his office & copied 82 to Treasury head Ken Henry. Some of these released last night. #
  • Swan says Treasury was constantly putting car dealers in touch with finance companies earlier this year at height of credit crunch. #
  • Speaker Harry Jenkins is very tetchy today… says debate won’t be won by those who shout the loudest… in fact, it’s all relatively calm. #
  • David Bradbury (ALP-Lindsay) asks Albanese about National E-Security week… this will be good! Notice the choice of Lindsay… #
  • Albanese says the MP for Lindsay knows how important integrity is in written leaflets… he’s enjoying himself… #
  • Turnbull wants withdrawal of suggestion that the Opposition faked an email… surely he’s not going to go down this path? #
  • Albanese tries to speak and Tony Abbott takes point of order demanding withdrawal of faking the email allegation… Jenkins really annoyed.. #
  • Rudd rotates his chair, grinning as the Opposition indignantly demands withdrawal of imputation… Albanese talks of E-Security advice… #
  • Albanese says an education module for year 3-9 students advises them to beware of where they get information from…tables the doc for MT.. #
  • Just checked Stay Smart Online – http://twurl.nl/un7bhz – National E-Security Awareness Week was June 5-12! Albo rubbing it in with vigour. #
  • When you’re in a hole, stop digging, Albanese advises Turnbull. Speaker kicks Member for Solomon out of chamber. #
  • Swan asked question by Rowan Ramsey (Lib-Grey, SA) about treatment of car dealer in his electorate. Swan repeats standard response. #
  • Swan calls an interjector a “moron” and withdraws this very unparliamentary term… #
  • Swan says many messages from Grech went to his email because Grech hit “reply all”, others went to home fax, some to office, etc. #
  • Lindsay Tanner takes question from Sharon Bird (ALP-Cunningham, NSW) and talks of making computer records available to Federal Police… #
  • Tanner says Opposition has thus far not agreed to make their computer records available..Turnbull takes point of order against “Supt Tanner” #
  • RT @Pollytics: Coalition seems to have completely given up on Swan, now simply going through the motions and giving backbenchers head time. #
  • RT @godwingrech: nothing wrong with “reply all” esp. if you’re working late. I always cc Ken Henry in so he knows I work 100 hrs pw #
  • How’s you night-time gardening @godwingrech ? Are you on gardening leave yet? #
  • Tanner now sledging Opposition over their knowledge of the email…suggests they’re not co-operating with AFP…Abbott demands withdrawal… #
  • Judi Moylan (Lib-Pearce, WA) demands withdrawal of imputations… Jenkins defends “robust nature” of the House… #
  • Tanner quotes Abbott describing Turnbull as a “bit of a volcano”… #
  • Turnbull asks Swan how many car dealers he spoke with on the phone. Swan says he spoke to John Grant for 2 mins and referred him on to DLO.. #
  • The House is actually very quiet today, although volatile and subject to sporadic aggro. Speaker Jenkins is clamping down hard. #
  • Swan will not say if he spoke to any other car dealers… focusses on “Opposition smears” and the fake email… #
  • Swan asks who in the Opposition knew about the fake email and when? Abbott says they’re happy to turn QT into Opposition Question Time… #
  • Nick Champion (ALP-Wakefield, SA) asks Agriculture Minister tony Burke about climate projections…Burke says El Nino likely this year… #
  • Burke attacks Opp over support for Australian Rain Corporation, the company funded by Howard Govt in its dying days. Abbott jumps to feet.. #
  • RT @godwingrech: luckily for me I had 79 weeks of annual leave saved up, I think I’ll need it. #utegate #
  • RT @Pollytics: Turnbull can thank his lucky stars that the Mad Monk is doing Pyne’s job at the moment. #
  • Burke and Abbott jousting now over Aust Rain Corporation funding…$10m provided under previous govt…Burke says was done for govt mates.. #
  • Speaker Jenkins extracts withdrawal from John Cobb (NP-Calare, NSW) for a comment I didn’t catch on the broadcast… #
  • Abbott says he’s deeply offended by allegations of corruption…Tony Burke withdraws…Jenkins very severe…House subdued… #
  • Hockey asks Swan how many of 240 car dealers had their details faxed to Swan’s home…Swan says updates arrived in office and at home… #
  • Lindsay Tanner is asked a question by Julia Irwin (ALP-Fowler, NSW) about declaration of political donations. #
  • Tanner points out that the coalition is opposing legislation to re-instate the donations threshold raised by Howard govt. #
  • Tanner attacks Turnbull over his investments in Fortress group and donation of $76,000 from the company in 2006. Jenkins warns Tanner… #
  • Tanner says people who peddle accusations about probity should not be blocking reforms to political donations legislation… #
  • Speaker Jenkins ejects Bernie Ripoll (ALP-Oxley, Qld). Peter Dutton takes point of order against Tanner… #
  • Tanner calls on Turnbull to resign…Hockey repeats question to Swan about phone calls to car dealers and faxes to Swan’s home… #
  • RT @dalegoodridge: Is this going to develop into a fistfight? #
  • Well, Tony Abbott used to do a bit of boxing before he tried the priesthoood… @dalegoodridge #
  • And John Howard delivered the knockout punch to Peter Costello some years ago… @dalegoodridge #
  • Kirsten Livermore (ALP-Capricornia, Qld) asks Health Minister Roxon about alcopops legislation and coalition backdown in the Senate… #
  • Roxon says no Liberals actually voted in favour of the legislation but 4 of them crossed the floor to vote against… #
  • Darren Chester (NP-Gippsland, Vic) takes exception to imputation that he accepted donations from alcohol interests during 2008 by-election. #
  • Roxon claims Chester’s campaign was funded by distillers. Nats leader Truss demands withdrawal…Roxon says Sen.Boswell won’t support bill. #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd question about June 4 statement on Bennelong car dealer’s representations. Rudd deplores the “politics of smear”… #
  • Albanese takes a question on infrastructure funding…talks of Bob Baldwin (Lib-Paterson, NSW) and classroom quote in his electorate… #
  • Albanese is talking about Bob’s Farm Public School…extraordinary name…and a quote for building work…says Baldwin hasn’t checked facts #
  • Hockey asks Swan about car dealer contacts…again…will Swan advise how many dealers had their phone numbers handed to Ford Credit? #
  • RT @marghutton: These Empty Scandals Are The Real Scandal – http://bit.ly/G3674 #
  • Brett Raguse (ALP-Forde, Qld) asks Rudd a question about obstacles to reform in climate change…they’re covering all the bases today… #
  • Rudd itemises support from various groups and companies for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme…says Senate has re-ordered govt business #
  • Rudd says Opposition is seeking to delay CPRS vote because they fear they will “split right down the middle”… #
  • Rudd now goading Opposition over fake email…says the “senior statesmen of the Liberal Party”, such as Costello (!) should tap Turnbull… #
  • Rudd ends Question Time and Health Minister Roxon makes statement about another death from H1N1 – 35yo Colac man. #
  • Roxon says man had underlying conditions and died from respiratory disease. #
  • Tweet about OzCar and you get Florida Ford dealerships following you…this automation one of the more irritating things on Twitter. #
  • RT @mr_billiam: it’s not automated. They’re seeking representation to get funding from the Aust federal govt. Didn’t you get the email? #
  • Watching http://blip.tv/file/2264258 by @geehall1 – footage from last week’s #tweetupmellers RT @trevoryoung @angesbiz @rebeccamezzino et al #
  • RT @SBSNews: The PM has been invited to drive the ute made famous by the OzCar controversy in an outback rally – http://cli.gs/m791v3 #
  • ABC TV news is reporting exclusively at this moment that Godwin Grech has a history of supplying information to the Liberal Party… #
  • ABC claims Grech “routinely provided” the Howard government with “off line” information about Treasury activities… #
  • ABC claims Grech supplied information to the Liberal Party on the Rudd government’s FuelWatch scheme and the bank deposit guarantee scheme. #
  • ABC TV news says the Rudd government has believed there is a mole in Treasury for some time and Grech has been under watch. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: ABC news reveals what many suspected – Grech is being investigated for being the Coalition’s Treasury mole. #
  • @mikestuchbery I read somewhere his neighbours say he does his gardening in the dark. Looks like Gardening Leave is his best chance now. in reply to mikestuchbery #
  • I wish I was Kevin Rudd tonight so I could laugh myself to sleep… #
  • 7.30 Report begins with so-called #utegate story. O’Brien repeats ABC News story of Grech as Liberal Party mole… #
  • “Good aft..er…noooon, Mr. Rudd,” the school children chant to a beaming Prime Minister…cut to Tony Abbott saying Turnbull will cooperate #
  • Michael Brissenden on 7.30 Report describes Grech as “nervous, diminutive” whilst recounting the history of Grech’s time in Canberra… #
  • Joe Hockey’s 2001 Parliamentary speech thanking Grech and others is shown again…even a speech in the House can look suss… #
  • Brissenden repeats ABC News claim that a “senior Liberal” has said Grech has been supplying Turnbull with information for some time… #
  • Brissenden says legitimate questions to Swan were deflected easily today…Turnbull says Swan has misled the House and must resign… #
  • Malcolm Turnbull: “Molecatcher” #
  • I hope Godwin Grech doesn’t have a pet cat… #
  • @theburgerman Don’t you think it was obvious by Sat. morning? As soon as I heard Steve Lewis didn’t have the email he was promising on Fri. in reply to theburgerman #
  • Meanwhile, in the mother of Parliaments: RT @Politics_co_uk: Analysis: A disaster for parliament? – http://tinyurl.com/lfsyts #
  • @theburgerman They obviously got used to relying on Godwin! in reply to theburgerman #
  • A real scandal that is still with us – http://twurl.nl/vwyou4 – John Dean slams Watergate revisionists. #
  • Web Pries Lid of Censorship by Iranian Government – http://twurl.nl/l8c86b – NYT report #
  • An Overlooked Force in Iran – http://twurl.nl/f46icx – Anne Applebaum says it’s not Obama or Twitter, but women, who pose a long-term threat #
  • Ideas Online, Tes, but Some Not So Presidential – http://twurl.nl/s0ulhc – report on Obama’s online policy innovation http://twurl.nl/2ajx53 #
  • make that … Yes… #
  • Kodak retires Kodachrome – http://twurl.nl/nrdl18 #
  • Life and Death in Tehran – http://twurl.nl/6h0x5v – Roger Cohen, New York Times. #
  • Joe Hockey being interviewed by Tony Jones on Lateline. He won’t discuss conversations with Turnbull about Grech… #
  • Hockey looking very uncomfortable and defensive…Reprises lines about Labor senators shutting down Grech last Friday… #
  • Jones reminds Hockey that Grech qualified his memory. Hockey says journalists print stories on much less. #
  • Jones asks: surely you want to know the extent of Turnbull’s links with Grech because you may need to defend him soon? #
  • Hockey: I want to know about Swan’s connections… the police will do their job… #
  • Jones: Was Grech a source of information to the Liberal Party? Hockey: We get information from many sources… #
  • Hockey: We’re not in business of revealing sources… #
  • Jones asks about Uhlmann reporting that “Liberal sources” said Grech was a source of information for Liberal Party. #
  • Hockey says Libs will not compromise their ability to question government by revealing sources… then says he has no detailed knowledge… #
  • Jones: Have police directed you not to talk about this? Hockey: No. #
  • Jones: Are you worried you may have done something illegal? Hockey: No. #
  • Hockey says Libs have no greater insight into fake email than anyone else. #
  • Jones: Then how did you know the text of the email? #
  • Hockey: There was a lot of talk around Parlt House… #
  • Jones: What was your relationship with Godwin Grech? You worked closely with him in 2001. #
  • Hockey: About 10 years ago Grech filled a short-term vacancy as Departmental Liaison Officer. It didn’t work out. #
  • Jones: But you thanked him. Hockey: I did but there were a number of public servants involved. #
  • Jones says Liberals are backgrounding journalists. Hockey says they should identify their sources. #
  • Hockey sweating under the TV lights… #
  • Hockey says there will be full co-operation with the Federal Police. Jones asks whether this involves revealing sources. #
  • Jones asks whether Hockey accepts equal responsibility for the past few days. Hockey says he’s part of a team. #
  • Jones asks about qualms over tactics of the past week. Hockey talks of Swan’s treatment of John Grant. #
  • Jones: A week is a very long time in politics? #
  • Hockey: A day is a long time, that’s why I love politics. #
  • Jones: Is it too late for Costello to change his mind? #
  • Hockey: He’s announced his retirement. We all have to pull up stumps sometime… #
  • Hockey: The game moves on… this is politics… #
  • Jones concludes his interview by Hockey, saying “it’s been interesting”. #
  • Turnbull caught in OzCar spotlight – http://twurl.nl/gly82c – ABC’s Chris Uhlmann’s report with video links #
  • Who is Godwin Grech – http://twurl.nl/lywvcz – some interesting and funny observations from a collection of Canberra commenters – RiotAct #
  • RT @cnnbrk: Entertainer Ed McMahon has died at age 86. He gained fame as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show.” #
  • RT @jennyluca: RT @mfarnsworth: Who is Godwin Grech – http://twurl.nl/lywvcz – comments make me feel quite sorry for him. Is he the patsy? #
  • RT @jennyluca: Just to clarify, last comments after link on previous post were mine and not @mfarnsworth’s #
  • The last man who claimed to be a patsy got shot the next day… @jennyluca #



Twitter Updates

  • Malcolm Turnbull is speaking in the House of Representatives on the Ozcar issue. Is alleging inappropriate influence on Ford Credit by govt. #
  • Turnbull is quoting emails from Godwin Grech he claims show John Grant received favourable treatment of his application for OzCar finance. #
  • Turnbull says documents show Ford Credit was pressured to assist Grant at same time as it was seeking $500m govt assistance. #
  • Turnbull draws link between Grant as “crony” and “friend” of the PM; says govt. exercised leverage on Ford Credit to assist Grant. #
  • Turnbull says Swan has used his “considerable influence” to get a favour for a “mate”. #
  • RT @Pollytics: Problem with what Truffles is doing in the House is if Swan actually has ex. of other dealers, Mal is cutting his own throat. #
  • Turnbull dismisses other emails govt intends to use to show other car dealers received similar treatment to Grant. #
  • Turnbull says Swan has “abused his power” and Rudd “won’t lift a finger”… “this is the culture of the ALP… cronyism…” #
  • Kevin Rudd now moving a motion to censure Turnbull over using alleged fake email… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull not fit to be Leader of the Opposition or future Prime Minister. “This fraudulent email is the entire rock” of T’s case. #
  • Rudd: This charge of influence turns on whether I directed my staff to assist Grant and on evidence of that direction. It doesn’t exist. #
  • Rudd: Turnbull trying to cover his tracks now… Sen. Abetz read the supposed email on Friday… Steve Lewis contacted my office later… #
  • Rudd is arguing that the Libs used the email before its text was given to The Aust’s Steve Lewis. Attacks Daily Telegraph for its mockup. #
  • Rudd looks up at press gallery as he attacks Telegraph for mocking up the words they were given into a supposed email from Rudd’s office. #
  • Rudd says Turnbull is “running at a million miles an hour” from the fake email…goes to “the integrity of the man”… #
  • Rudd: This email is a forgery and the Telegraph’s reporting of it is false. This is a matter for New Ltd to attend to… #
  • Rudd: Turnbull has been talking up this alleged “smoking gun” for weeks to editors…Libs have goaded Dr Charlton for weeks now… #
  • Rudd now quoting the statement from his adviser Dr Andrew Charlton about comments from Turnbull at the Mid Winter ball last week… #
  • RT @newscomau: Police interviewing Grech over Utegate – http://bit.ly/13MnWI #
  • Rudd makes a second attack on News Ltd over Turnbull briefing of The Australian’s Glenn Milne… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull’s “briefed out version” of events disseminated by his “journalist of choice”… #
  • Rudd’s time expires… debating time that is!… Albanese moves extension of time which is granted on the voices… #
  • Correction… someone called a division and the House is now dividing on whether to grant Rudd extra time to speak on the censure motion. #
  • The division in the House has been called off… an unusual event… Rudd continues speaking… #
  • Rudd returns to “saga of Sen. Eric Abetz” quoting from the alleged email before it was published in the papers… #
  • Rudd says “bottom line” is Turnbull has been “fundamentally untruthful” about “forged email” for his own “political ends”. #
  • Rudd listing auditing process to discover the email. Full audits in Treasury and PM & Cabinet show the email never existed. #
  • Rudd says “this is deeply in the DNA of the Liberal Party… they specialise in this activity… the party of children overboard…” #
  • Rudd says Turnbull has no option but to stand in the Parlt now, offer an apology and resign… #
  • Joe Hockey now speaking on the censure motion… says there is a news report on ABC site that AFP have executed search warrant on Grech home #
  • Hockey says an email does exist, according to Federal Police investigation, contradicting claims by Rudd. Says it exists on Treasury system. #
  • ABC News report says email has been found and is a fake – http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/22/2604632.htm #
  • Hockey now attempting a confusing argument about government involvement in the fake email… waters getting somewhat muddy… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Hockey is a fool – sit down, shut up and dont go down with the ship son! #
  • Hockey has now turned his attention to Treasurer Swan’s actions in relation to John Grant… #
  • Hockey now arguing that faxes sent to Swan’s home show special treatment was given to Grant… #
  • RT @Pollytics: Hockey has just demonstrated he doesn’t know how the Pub Service works when it comes to MPs dealing with constituents! #
  • RT @Pollytics: @BernardKeane Put Joe out of his misery – jump down from the bleachers and let him know the email is a forgery! #
  • Hockey arguing that treatment of John Grant demonstrates he was not “just any other constituent”… #
  • Hockey says Swan is “engaged in a conspiracy to murder but there’s no body” because Grant’s application for funding was not approved. #
  • Hockey putting questions to Swan: when did he meet John Grant, when did he buy a car from him… #
  • Hockey on Swan: “What a fool… he has lied to this Parliament… he should resign.” #
  • Treasurer Wayne Swan now speaking… says he has just witnessed the weakest argument he’s ever seen in “this place”. #
  • Swan: Turnbull should resign… he’s been using a fake email as a smoking gun… #
  • Swan describing effect of global financial crisis creating a need for motor industry financing…but Turnbull is “Captain Smear” of politics #
  • Swan is giving one of his most confident and aggressive performances in the House…perhaps he needs a regular crisis… #
  • Swan quoting Delaney from Motor Trades Association that Grant has been treated LESS favourably because of knowing the Treasurer! #
  • Swan refers to Hockey as “sloppy Joe”… #
  • Swan quoting emails from Liberal MP Kay Hull in relation to her representations on behalf of another car dealer… #
  • Swan quotes emails showing Godwin Grech talked of intervening for car dealer who was having difficulty with Capital Finance. #
  • Swan says Grech sent 130 emails to Treasurer’s office and Treasury about various car dealers and applications for finance from OzCar. #
  • Correction… Kay Hull is Nationals member for Riverina, NSW, not a Liberal… #
  • As Swan speaks, the camera shows Turnbull saying something to Rudd across the table – Rudd appears to ignore Turnbull. #
  • Swan describing state of motor dealer financing arrangements affecting Ford Credit, arguing measures taken prevented dealerships going broke #
  • Swan says he was “highly attentive to the needs of the industry”…says he was “worried sick” dealerships were going to the war. #
  • Swan says Opposition don’t understand or care about the economic difficulties faced by Aust. businesses because of the GFC… #
  • Tony Abbott now speaking in the House of Representatives on the OzCar issue… says it is an issue of integrity in government… #
  • Abbott says Rudd came into the House, face flushed, surrounded by heavies, and attempted to “carpet bomb” the integrity of others… #
  • Abbott says Rudd “sooled the Federal Police” on the Opposition and others… #
  • Abbott says the real issue is about emails that are NOT in dispute.. those from Swan’s staff to Treasury officers.. not about Turnbull. #
  • Abbott: greatest political crime is to mislead the House.. they can mal-administer their dept. or run naked down George St, but not mislead! #
  • Abbott is rehashing the arguments about Swan’s office giving favourable treatment to John Grant… #
  • RT @stephenconroy: Oh, Tony Abbott. Your squeaky voice and slight lisp makes everything you say so adorable. #utegate #
  • RT @downesy: Godwin Grech is a great name for a villain (even if he’s innocent). Played by Gyton Grantley in the Ute-Gate mini-series. #
  • Regarding #utegate hashtag: another example of a mis-named affair. It’s not about the ute … this declared on Rudd’s register for years. #
  • The mood in Parliament: Opposition benches are somewhat subdued whilst the government side is buoyant. Psychologically, the Libs seem down. #
  • Abbott concludes and Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, rises to speak… begins with focus on Turnbull and fake email. #
  • Albanese says Turnbull is “all pop, no boom”… just a vicious smear… etc. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Just left chamber for a breather. Most toxic I’ve seen it in years. Whole thing needs to come back a few notches IMHO #
  • ABC says Grech home raided by Federal Police. Fake email said to be sent from Treasury to Grech’s home account. We await more details… #
  • Annabel sounding like Rudd now…. RT @annabelcrabb: Poor old Godwin Grech now having his house raided by federal rozzers #
  • Albanese making much of Lib claims Sen Abetz quoted from email from newspapers before they actually published it… #
  • The Punch – http://bit.ly/14x5yj – claims AFP want to speak to ex-Treasury official who now works as advisor to Turnbull… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: In my opinion this session so far is being won by Govt. Swan on confident form. But anything can happen at backgammon #
  • Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop now speaking in the House… says the issue is about Swan… etc. Debate petering out. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: I’m not giving the debate to Govt just cause Albanese is reading out my work btw. .It’s because he sent me a car yesterday #
  • Bishop says ALP don’t even know when they’ve done something wrong… talks of Fitzgibbon blaming Judases… god, this woman is hopeless… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Sounds like trace of email has been located inside Treasury. ABC says “concocted” inside Treasury. Good enough for Joe H. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Oh yeah with Albanese you’re dealing with at least a Datsun 180Y. At the very least. #
  • Mercifully, Julie Bishop will be sat down shortly… Question Time about to start in the Reps… #
  • RT @lmdallatorre: Turnbull has proved himself to be a tactical lightweight, proving my theory that the next Lib PM isn’t even in the Parlt. #
  • RT @rod_benson: Agree on Bishop. What do you call a collection of Judases? An embrace? || A caucus? #
  • Speaker Jenkins announces that this debate will continue by agreement and Question Time will commence around 3.15pm. #
  • …oh no, I have to finish listening to the member for Curtin… #
  • Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner is now speaking in the House… says AFP has run the fake email to ground…Turnbull has questions to answer #
  • Tanner calls on Opp. to open up all their computers… advises them not to scurry back to their offices and delete anything… #
  • Tanner says email is like the Loch Ness monster… everybody knows about it but nobody’s seen it.. #
  • Philip Ruddock takes a point of order against Tanner…says debate is traversing matters covered by AFP investigation…is this in order? #
  • Tanner says this is not first time Turnbull has resorted to grubby tactics and quotes examples from @annabelcrabb ‘s Quarterly Essay. #
  • RT @nicodonnell If Peter Costello was the Lib pollie that never played his hand; Malcom Turnbull is the Lib pollie who always overplays his. #
  • RT @theburgerman: A quick disclaimer from Tanner in mid-tirade: ‘… Chinese whispers – er, as they’re called …’ #
  • RT @TrevorCook #utegate could be another disaster for News Ltd after Hanson and Cahill fiascos – why are they pushing the envelope like this #
  • Tanner now talking about Turnbull’s involvement in HIH… #
  • Tony Windsor, Independent member for New England, is now speaking in the House of Reps…says Turnbull has not substantiated the email. #
  • Windsor says Libs should explain their involvement with the email. Public would like to know if Turnbull has sighted it. Where? #
  • RT @penbo: UPDATE re Turnbull staffer cops want to interview – he left Turnbull’s office a few weeks ago. Not clear if he quit or was punted #
  • RT @jason_a_w: And so dawns…the Hockey era. #
  • RT @Pollytics: A period so formidable that we’ll have to go back to The Downer Months to find a peer! [RT And so dawns… the Hockey era.] #
  • Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture, is now speaking in the House of Reps… “who would have thought” Turnbull would wander out of debate? #
  • Opposition benches are all but empty at the moment. Government benches have more. Burke wonders whether it’s related to article on The Punch #
  • The dynamics have changed in the past hour as news has come through that email may have been concocted by someone who worked for Turnbull. #
  • hehehe… RT @TonyAbbottMP: if i knew i was going to be the only one sitting on front bench i would have worn a better tie. #
  • @TonyAbbottMP Can’t you just smell the leadership? in reply to TonyAbbottMP #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Andrew Meares, star Fairfax uber genius, is lending me some technology for Question Time – 3.15. Will tweet live. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Yes, the Opposition has all but disappeared from the Chamber – this ‘smoking gun’ looks like it’s shot them in the foot. #
  • Interesting phrase, “shot in the foot”. Used to indicate an accident but derives from deliberate action to avoid frontline. @theburgerman #
  • My snail mail today delivered a lovely letter from Simon Crean & Rob Hudson plugging job creation through new Bentleigh aquatic centre. Ah!! #
  • Snail mail also offers up a cutesy leaflet from Ted Baillieu & Andrea Coote which doesn’t once mention the word “Liberal”… #
  • Turnbull now speaking in the House.. says authenticity of email not the issue… Govt tried to shut down Grech on Friday… #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: RT @David_Speers: @penbo Paul Lindwall left Turnbull’s office recently. Used to work for PC and for Treasury. #
  • Turnbull now saying Rudd tried to deny the existence of the email…now that there is an email we don’t know whether it is a forgery… #
  • Turnbull proposes judicial inquiry into OzCar. Terms of reference should cover Swan, Ripoll, emails, Treasury officials, Opposition staff.. #
  • Turnbull: Rudd has made reckless allegations here today [said with a straight face!] #
  • Chris Bowen, Min for Financial Services, rises to speak… quotes LBJ story about false allegations: “I’ll enjoy watching him deny it”. #
  • AFP about to drop “bombshell”, according to @annabelcrabb #
  • Keelty to speak soon – http://bit.ly/51rBu #
  • SMH says Godwin Grech was kept in a safe house over the weekend – #
  • House of Reps is subdued as Bowen speaks.. an air of anticipation… awaiting statement from Federal Police. #
  • The House of Reps is now voting in a second division on Turnbull’s motion..the govt. has amended the motion to make it a censure of Turnbull #
  • Still no word on statement from Mick Keelty of Federal Police… report online says Grech involvement is “more complicated”.. #
  • Rudd announcing ministerial arrangements – Gillard absent, also Pyne and Costello, on trip to Israel. #
  • Turnbull asks Rudd if he will establish a judicial inquiry… #
  • Rudd says Turnbull is “simply swinging in the breeze”… #
  • Rudd calls on Turnbull to resign… calls from govt backbenches “resign”… #
  • Rudd calls on Turnbull to commit to not deleting emails in his office… #
  • John Murphy asks Albanese to outline arrangements for business of the House… Albanese talks of govt. vision/policies and Opp obstruction #
  • RT @theburgerman: It people are finding the APH website overloaded, http://www.bigpondtv.com is also streaming QT – click ‘news’ #utegate #ozcar #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Albanese fields an unrelated question from own side. Talking about alcopops. More trouble for Ute Man!!! Remember him? #
  • Turnbull asks Swan how many car dealers he spoke with on the phone before referring them to Treasury for assistance. #
  • Swan talks of supporting employment…says his fax whirs through the night…repeats account of dealing with Ripoll #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: RT @theburgerman: RT @David_Speers: AFP just issued statement. email is a fake. they’ve interviewed Grech. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: PM organising his plastic pockets feverishly. Looks like a pensioner at Bingo. #
  • Lindsay Tanner now talking of Turnbull-Charlton conversation at Mid Winter ball… says Turnbull intimidated Charlton… #
  • Tanner says this reminds him of Peter King [the member Turnbull knocked off in the biggest preselection stack of all time] #
  • RT @BernardKeane: DLO is departmental liaison officer. The bureaucrat who works in the min’s office and coordinates contact between them. #
  • Hockey to Rudd: “You got something to say… you got something to say”… very De Niro #
  • Hockey to Swan: How many other car dealers had updates faxed to Swan’s home? #
  • Swan: Updates received from Treasury on a variety of issues, state of the industry, etc. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Parliament is actually oddly subdued this QT. It’s like no-one can believe how berserk this story is going. #
  • RT @Pollytics: Oooh, Joe is getting shirty – he should be careful, he nearly has the leadership. #
  • Chris Bowen now answering a question about truthful information in the corporate world… moves on to HIH and Goldman Sachs… #
  • Dear oh dear… Bowen says “haitch i haitch”… how common… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Getting the hunch that Rudd and Hockey are getting less friendly as time goes by, #
  • Abbott takes point of order against Bowen… so nice to have him doing the job instead of the Sturt poodle… #
  • Andrew Robb takes point of order against Bowen… they don’t want anyone talking about Haitch I Haitch… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: People Skills up and down like the ASX. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: There’ll be no confidential settlement about lying about an email, says Bowen. This is pretty heavy stuff. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: It’s as though the departure of Costello has stripped away the last caution of the Government in its attacks on Turnbull. #
  • Bowen says Turnbull will be held to account for putting his ambition ahead of the facts. #
  • Hockey asks Swan about meeting between Ford Credit officials and Treasury: was Grant’s case raised and phone number handed over? #
  • Swan starts answer, Abbott takes point of order to say he can’t hear because Rudd is interjecting… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Swan’s answer implies yes. Rudd interjecting .. picks up plastic pocket, studies it intently. Please let it be u’side down #
  • RT @reversepr: #utegate the thick plottens!!! seems like there’s a lot more the ‘fake’ email than many first thought – http://bit.ly/UqAbe #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: News Flash: AFP confirms a “42-year-old Calwell man” is of interest in the creation of fraudulent email. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: This description refers to Grech. Appears to support speculation Grech involved in the construction of the email. BIZARRE. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Listening to Nicola Roxon talking about alcopops. Feeling like a beer. #
  • Godwin Grech: 2009’s Tirath Khemlani? #
  • Jenny Macklin now on her feet answering question about utilities allowance… is this the ute again? #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Hockey’s back. Trying to bring the subject back to Swan. This is a battle of battle grounds today, more than anything. #
  • Turnbull rises to ask question… government members yell “resign”… #
  • Turnbull asks Swan how and why Treasury officials came to know Grant was an acquaintance of the PM? #
  • Swan says Turnbull should do the decent thing and resign… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: @turnbullmalcolm texting furiously. #
  • Combet takes a question on the Carbon Reduction Pollution Scheme… says it’s time for coalition to take control of the issue in their ranks #
  • RT @BernardKeane: MT on his 2nd glass of water. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Word around Parliament House is that former Turnbull staffer Paul Lindwall is friendly with Godwin Grech. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Sharman Stone says one of her car dealers wanted help but didn’t get the Rolls Royce treatment. No ute, no start #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Displaced blonde nobber Yvette Dath wants an update on the economy. #
  • You were right the first time… RT @annabelcrabb: Oh dear God. That should have read “nodder”. REPEAT – “Nodder”. damn fiddly keyboard. #
  • Swan now getting a series of questions from Opp. members about the treatment of car dealers in their electorates. #
  • Who would ever have thought we would be so solicitous of car dealers? #
  • Damian Hale (ALP-Solomon NT) asks Rudd for update on the global economy. Rudd says people want govt standing up for them… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Why does Swan rely on a home fax by the way? Didn’t know they even made still. Whiff of Luddite about the whole thing huh? #
  • Rudd now launching into standard speech on not being out of the woods yet…reminds House of govt strategy… 3-stage strategy… #
  • RT @graemebowman: #HeadlinesWeWantToSee: ‘Godwin Grech’s DNA Found on Ute Keys Hidden in Judy Moran’s Bush.’ #
  • Rudd says there is a reason the Opp. abandoned the policy debate last week…didn’t like positive economic data..so moved to political smear #
  • Rudd says Opposition being marked by the people on their actions in the past few days… said they had a smoking gun… won’t be forgotten #
  • Rudd ends Question Time with a last jab at the Opposition. Turnbull moves to censure the Treasurer. Will govt allow it, I wonder? #
  • Turnbull says it’s vital the censure be debated today & Opp. members point and jeer as ministers leave the chamber… #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Rudd, Swan and Tanner leave the chamber. More uproar. “He’s leaving his own censure!” shrieks Hockey, at top volume. #
  • Turnbull is now fighting desperately to shift debate onto Swan but the news tonight will be all about Grech & how Turnbull was conned. #
  • The government has voted down Turnbull’s motion to censure Treasurer Swan after 5 hours of debate and Questions today. #
  • Channel 10 news reports on AFP investigation of fake email. Shots of police at Godwin Grech’s home. Rudd says Turnbull swinging in breeze. #
  • Ch 10’s Paul Bongiorno says there is no obvious successor to Turnbull. Seems to think Swan is safe. #
  • RT @Wil_Anderson: So the email is a fake. Can’t wait for the headline tomorrow: “Turnbull rooted in the back of a ute!” #
  • Federal Police media statement on Ozcar – http://twurl.nl/vszavf #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: Didn’t anyone in the Fed Libs follow the dodgy documents saga involviog their hapless Sth Aussie counterparts! #
  • Channel 9 news leads with Laurie Oakes to camera. Describes Godwin Grech as “mild-mannered”. Says Turnbull has “egg on his face”. #
  • Channel 7 news says Turnbull’s job is in jeopardy. Mark Riley says Turnbull is in big trouble if AFP finds email went through Opp. computers #
  • RT @Wil_Anderson The email’s fake? Poor Turnbull…and the Nigerian prince that sent it to him seemed so reputable. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: So, if it counts, I rate 7,9 and 10 all bad for Turnbull, and Sky News too. #
  • What’s the go with digital radio? – http://twurl.nl/ab8xam – from ABC newsletter, INSIDE. #
  • Kevin Rudd appearing on Today-Tonight. Says allegation of corruption is most serious charge that can be levelled against head of govt. #
  • Rudd: Turnbull allegations based on a fake email constitute a grave misjudgement; Turnbull should resign; does not have character to be PM. #
  • Rudd: Turnbull is plainly an opportunist who will stop at nothing; easy to throw mud; allegation of corruption is most serious possible. #
  • RT @mr_billiam: I disagree. Appearing on Today Tonight is the most serious charge that can be levelled against a head of government. #
  • Rudd: Turnbull’s sordid accusations disqualify him from putting himself forward as alternative Prime Minister. #
  • Rudd: industries such as motor trade are facing severe challenges in the global climate; we have been trying to assist them to support jobs. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: The Prime Minister has done Nine News live, Today Tonight live and is limbering up for 7.30 Report. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: I’m not aware of any appearances by Turnbull tonight. Lateline promising a head-to-head between Albanese & People Skills. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: I shall be GLUED to Lateline. People Skills returns to a leadership role at last. You know how I feel about that. #
  • Remembering the original “-gate”: http://twurl.nl/up7n1g Deep Throat tried to stop Deep Throat #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: Albanese undertaking triumphant tour of press gallery. You can tell which side thinks they won the day. They’re right too. #
  • Kevin Rudd is being interviewed by Kerry O’Brien on The 7.30 Report… #
  • O’Brien suggests to Rudd that the charges extend beyond the fake email to the faxes between Swan’s office and Grech… #
  • Rudd: Grech himself admitted his memory might be faulty; IT searches found no evidence; Turnbull did rounds of media touting a fake story… #
  • O’Brien asks about Swan ignoring questions inquiring whether he rang other car dealers as he did with John Grant. #
  • Rudd quotes Motor Trades Association that Grant got same treatment as other car dealers. How would they know, asks O’Brien. #
  • O’Brien asks about “imagery” from Senate hearing when Grech was being hammered and claimed Grant was seen as a “special case”. #
  • Rudd says its remarkable that the Libs can sustain an attack on Swan when his assault on Rudd when up in smoke. #
  • Malcolm Turnbull now appearing on 7.30 Report. How’s your credibility, O’Brien asks. #
  • Turnbull: why should I resign when the email has been concocted in the Treasury which is Swan’s responsibility. [You must be joking…] #
  • O’Brien asks about Turnbull’s responsibility to make use of information that has been checked. Turnbull says no-one on his side had the doc. #
  • O’Brien asks about Turnbull accosting Charlton at the Mid Winter Ball. Why did you give him free character advice? #
  • Turnbull: Charlton was clearly at the centre of this situation. How did you know that, asks O’Brien. #
  • O’Brien asks Turnbull about Sen Abetz quoting from the email before its text was published. How? #
  • O’Brien asks why rely on Grech evidence when Grech put a caveat on his memory? Turnbull not handling these questions well. #
  • RT @annabelcrabb: O’Brien asks good question: if you were unaware of the email, why were you warning Charlton about it at the ball last Wed? #
  • O’Brien asks why Rudd would give such extensive powers to Auditor-General if he had anything to hide. #
  • Turnbull repeats claims that leverage was used with Ford Credit when it was seeking govt assistance. #
  • Interview over. No questions about Lib staffer linked to the fake email. Intriguing question is who concocted the email and sent it to Grech #
  • @HyperBrendan According to Annabel Crabb, Lateline has Tony Abbott and Anthony Albanese which should be equally good fun! in reply to HyperBrendan #
  • As Blogs Are Censored, It’s Kittens to the Rescue – http://twurl.nl/morou5 – the Cute Cat Theory of Internet Censorship makes a lot of sense #
  • RT @Pollytics: Swan releases 21 pages of emails to back his account of events – http://bit.ly/QJJoh #



Twitter Updates

  • Malcolm Turnbull has held a press conference and called for the resignation of Treasurer Wayne Swan. #
  • Turnbull claims Swan misled Parliament over his involvement in handling an inquiry from car dealer John Grant. #
  • Turnbull describes Grant as a “friend and benefactor” of Kevin Rudd. #
  • Turnbull is asked about the alleged email but says the Libs don’t have it. He doesn’t answer a question about whether anyone has seen it. #
  • Turnbull says he will co-operate with Federal Police investigation of the email. #
  • Turnbull doesn’t want to talk about the alleged email and keeps turning back to Swan’s behaviour. #
  • Turnbull criticises media, “with great respect” for not asking questions of Rudd about Grech’s evidence before Senate committee on Friday. #
  • Turnbull to Rudd: Why did you shut down Godwin Grech? Why ask us for an email we have never said we possess when Grech implicates you? #
  • Turnbull asked if he will resign if email is proved to be a fake and says “it’s not my email…the email is a distraction from Swan…” #
  • Turnbull claims Swan sought a financial benefit for a “crony” and “benefactor” of the PM. #
  • Turnbull to media: “Your fascination with the email is commendable but the real issue here today is Mr. Swan”… #
  • Turnbull asked if anyone in the Liberal Party has ever seen the email… says he won’t answer until he’s spoked to the Federal Police… #
  • Turnbull now describing the email as “alleged”… claims the focus should be on Rudd adviser Charlton and Treasury official Grech. #
  • Turnbull says Rudd “responsible for shutting down Grech”… says this is indicative of PM’s character… #
  • Turnbull on the defensive as media press him on the email issue. Backtracks on claims of having “documentary evidence”… #
  • Turnbull won’t answer questions about who told him about the email, when he first heard about it, etc.Says focus should be on Charlton/Grech #
  • Turnbull asked why the email was the focus of his attack on Friday but now Hockey describes it as a distraction… #
  • And @SkyNewsAust cuts the press conference off in mid-sentence… this never used to happen… don’t they think we can concentrate? #
  • Assessing OzCar: The government is under a bit of pressure re Swan and treatment of John Grant but it’s all pretty thin stuff… #
  • OzCar: Grant’s application to OzCar was apparently rejected and Swan claims he simply passed on the request via local MP Ripoll to Treasury. #
  • OzCar: Turnbull’s claims on Fri about the email & communications between Charlton & Grech have backfired on him as email seems not to exist. #
  • OzCar: we all know that it is virtually impossible to destroy all trace of an email. Treasury & PM’s Dept cannot locate it. #
  • OzCar: No-one can seriously suggest, as Abbott did, that the email has been deliberately lost. Integrity of PS departments not in question. #
  • OzCar: A weekend of frenzied activity but this seems to have run out of puff already. Rudd safe, Swan under fire, Turnbull on shaky ground. #
  • OzCar: Parlt sits this week. Expect much heat in Question Time tomorrow. Absent new revelations/documents, this issue will burn itself out. #
  • RT @rockhate: and I guess there is no chance of #ozcar being a trending topic this weekend 😉 #
  • Hehehe.. @rockhate As Sir Humphrey would say, I don’t think it’s the major topic of conversation in the nation’s supermarkets..or on Twitter #
  • RT @theburgerman: Unfortunately, Sky News must cross to NZ News at 3.30pm – you can watch Turnbull’s conference on Sky News Active. #
  • Thanks for that @theburgerman – except it’s not on Active yet. The package showing appears to be the same as what was on last night. #
  • RT @geehall1: Agree with mr_billiam. #boycottwinter || I move for extension of winter to 12 months, abolition of summer and daylight saving. #
  • I take that back @theburgerman – Sky News Active now showing Turnbull. #
  • RT @mr_billiam: I demand that you resign your position because of your views on winte…oh wait, this isn’t federal politics. #boycottwinter #
  • I sent an email to lobby you about this matter @mr_billiam – I suppose you’re going to tell me you didn’t get it? #
  • Turnbull sounding very exasperated during his media conference: says journalists have fallen for Rudd’s tactics…arguing with a reporter.. #
  • Turnbull says none of the media assembled look like Federal Police officers… but he will talk to them when they ask him… #
  • Rudd talking to media about OzCar: says when Parlt. resumes in 24 hours Turnbull should produce email or resign… #
  • Rudd: This is the same Liberal Party that gave us children overboard, Lindsay election leaflets… #
  • Rudd: The email is the rock Turnbull’s case is built upon… more like sand… #
  • Rudd: This email is something they have boasted of for some time..it’s time to authenticate this. He should produce it or apologise & resign #
  • RT @jmarskell: Why should Turnbull have to present the email? It was released by News Limited. lol. #
  • RT @thethirdwave: who said the Opp said they have the email?Lewis from NEWS had it & it has produced email from treasury condemning Swan #
  • I think the point is that nobody seems able to produce the email. Steve Lewis apparently hasn’t seen it either @jmarskell @thethirdwave #
  • RT @jmarskell: @mfarnsworth You’re buying the ALP spin. All power to you. #
  • Fake documents: those of us with long memories know that documents published during the Loans Affair in 1975 were fake… #
  • Fake documents… Keating Treasurer Ralph Willis was conned by fake documents during the 1996 election campaign. #
  • Fake documents…Sth Aust. Opp leader Hamilton-Smith destroyed his credibility a couple of months ago making allegations with fake docs… #
  • Fake documents…. chk chk boom… #
  • RT @reversepr: RT @johblow: Turnbull: “The only people who can speak authoritatively about this email are Grech & Charlton” #rudd #utegate #
  • Charlton denies sending it; Grech can’t produce it & says his memory may be faulty; no electronic record found. @reversepr @johblow #
  • RT @reversepr: #utegate regardless whether you believe Turnbull or Rudd, Quest Time in both Houses this week will be compulsory viewing. #
  • Well, it will be compulsory for political tragics like you & me @reversepr – but I don’t think the ABC/Sky ratings will soar at 2pm tomorrow #
  • RT @rod_benson: @mfarnsworth Emerging from beneath a pile of Malcolm Farnsworth tweets. #
  • Sorry about that! RT @rod_benson Never have so many read so much by so few. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Never fear, I’m sure @David_Speers, @annabelcrabb, @BernardKeane, etc. will be watching with interest! |Quality v Quantity #
  • Meanwhile, the Poms continue to show what a real political scandal looks like – http://twurl.nl/loq36q – and that’s without any sado-mas sex #
  • Rudd shown on Channel 10 news attending memorial service for Richard Pratt – now there’s a scandal… #
  • Channel 10 reports head of Motor Trades Assocation, Mike Delaney, defending Rudd and Swan…says John Grant got same treatment as others. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Big report from Bonge on 10 News – Motor Trades’s Association M. Delaney rejecting “special treatment” claims for Grant. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: Delaney also says he has copies of the “100s” of contacts he says Grech made between dealers and finance companies. #
  • RT @KateKendall: How is everyone? Anyone having a human conversation? All I’ve got in my feed is links, monologues and hashtag gibberish? #
  • I plead not guilty to the hashtags… @KateKendall #
  • @lyndons It’s dry, overcast, not really very cold and anything but dismal. Love winter! in reply to lyndons #
  • @lyndons Would you believe I’m working at my desk and APAC is replaying Eric Roozendaal delivering the NSW budget…dismal? in reply to lyndons #
  • Baby bouncers have much to learn about equality – http://twurl.nl/g84xmd – Anne Summers on @sarahinthesen8 and the ejected baby. #
  • RT @lmdallatorre: Fake Documents: and Ken Aldred’s CEC stunt under parliamentary privilege #
  • RT @LiberalAus: #alot Treasurer must resign and inquiry must be expanded – http://tinyurl.com/lyd57b – media release from Malcolm Turnbull #
  • RT @Colvinius: No-one can predict the next few days – especially if tanks roll in – http://bit.ly/cWDxk #iranelection #
  • RT @PremierMikeRann: In NZ but just heard..Christian Kerr’s idea: Chris Pyne to switch from Fed to SA Parlt & become Leader of Opp. Stirrer! #
  • RT @mr_billiam: @trevoryoung seems everyone on my stream except you is watching it. Surely it’s not *that* good? #masterchef #
  • How dare you @mr_billiam ? I can proudly report I’ve never watched a second of it… #
  • RT @lyndons: June 21 today. In 1527, Niccolò Machiavelli died. In 1905, Jean-Paul Sartre was born. Good .. reasons for a few drinks tonight #
  • Swan’s defence beggars belief – http://tinyurl.com/nnozoa – Glenn Milne outlines the case that the Treasurer will face tomorrow in Parlt. #
  • RT @lyndons: Both sides in #iraneelection have now mobilised large-scale misinformation campaigns on social media. Be careful who you trust. #
  • State of the Twittersphere June 2009 – http://tinyurl.com/kvhp5w – Report from @HubSpot & @Grader. Not a really encouraging picture. #
  • Brisbane Courier-Mail headline tomorrow morning: LOAD SHIFT – Heat now on Turnbull. #
  • He’s been in Bundaberg far too long…. RT @danupoyner: Pro Tip: To practice your Irish accent, try saying ‘whale oil beef hooked’ #
  • @thetowncrier Is that a general all-purpose groan or was it something I said? in reply to thetowncrier #
  • RT @thetowncrier: Usual groan at inane tabloid headlines. And for such a dud story. The heat is NOT on Turnbull. He just acted like an Opp. #
  • True, the real pressure is on the govt, esp. Swan, but Turnbull has botched his attack & again shown poor political skills @thetowncrier #
  • Key men set for day of battle – http://tinyurl.com/m87m5q – Gerard McManus (Herald-Sun) on the latest events. (Grech now “sickly”!) #
  • RT @theburgerman: The emphasis *should* be on Grech’s comments & deference to Treasury senior and it’s implications for Swan … #
  • RT @thetowncrier: The whole thing is silly. But yes, they’re the only questions. Not if Malcolm saw an e-mail, fake or not. #
  • RT @theburgerman: Yes, but Turnbull overreached. He should have never placed so much emphasis on a ‘smoking gun’ to begin with … #
  • The weekend’s events just show how lousy the coalition is at strategy and tactics without Howard @thetowncrier @theburgerman #
  • Turnbull’s performance at his media conf. today was appalling, like they so often are. Argumentative, shrill. @thetowncrier @theburgerman #
  • A question for this week: will we finally get Lindsay Tanner as Treasurer? A Swan derailment could end up strengthening the government. #
  • RT @theburgerman: ..Turnbull.. seemed to be exasperated that he couldn’t control the frame of reference of the OzCar issue … #
  • RT @bbcpolitics: MP beaten by a group of youths after he challenged them over playing football in the street – http://tinyurl.com/ls9zrj #
  • Speaking of poor political tactics… http://tinyurl.com/ls9zrj #
  • At least George is onto the important news…RT @geehall1: Royal wedding bell rumours fly – http://tinyurl.com/m53bju #
  • RT @danupoyner: Turnbull demonstrating he is a media n00b. Don’t come out calling for resignation. Let it heat up first & you won’t need to. #
  • Good advice for Rudd & Turnbull: “The 33 Strategies of War” – http://tinyurl.com/muwz5f – via @AdamSinger #
  • RT @JoeTrippi: Change your Twitter settings to TEHRAN & time zone to GMT+3.30. Security search loc. & time. If we’re all Iranians it’ll help #
  • The world’s new power brokers – http://tinyurl.com/lldoxb – Boston Globe looks at BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India and China. #
  • Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned – http://tinyurl.com/n4kksr – Noam Cohen (NYT) – balanced view of Twitter & #iranelection #
  • Reading Twitter in Tehran? – http://tinyurl.com/l4dosx – Why the real revolution is on the streets and offline. A more sceptical view. #
  • @empatt I just finished reading George Friedman’s “The Next 100 Hundred Years” – he also disagrees altogether with BRIC concept. in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt Well, I thought his Turkey/Poland/Mexico countries of importance argument made sense, as did continuing US dominance… in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt It’s all very speculative but I’m fascinated by demography as a guide to future. Geo-politics approach is arguable but intriguing. in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt I saw Friedman speak recently and he joked about us all being dead before he can be proved wrong! in reply to empatt #
  • @empatt Yes, I don’t know enough about the science of that. I thought it interesting that he doesn’t deal much with climate change. in reply to empatt #



Twitter Updates

  • Crisis endangers Swan’s career – http://twurl.nl/gwrwyd – Lenore Taylor says Wayne Swan appears to have misled Parliament. #
  • Ute beaut – http://twurl.nl/2pitzd – The Australian’s Sid Maher explains the crisis threatening the two most senior men in the Rudd govt. #
  • Nervous man who came in from the cold – http://twurl.nl/ns5nii – The strange story of Treasury official Godwin Grech. #
  • End of a dream: Costello’s unfulfilled ambition – http://twurl.nl/4qxsrd – Shaun Carney contemplates a career stymied by a tougher player. #
  • Why Howard still denies his deputy’s economic legacy – http://twurl.nl/ay76di – Peter Hartcher on the “visceral hatred” of Howard/Costello. #
  • Wayne Swan speaking to media: accuses Turnbull of dealing with fake OzCar email, calls on Turnbull to explain his involvement. #
  • Swan: I stand by the comments I made to Parliament about John Grant and OzCar. Nothing said yesterday contradicts what I said. #
  • Swan: There was no outcome for John Grant. I have only met him several times, once bought a used car from him. #
  • Swan: Grant was referred to my office by Bernie Ripoll, Grant’s local member. I spoke to Grant for few minutes & referred him on to DLO. #
  • Swan: Absurd commentary in papers today, eg that faxes sent to my home machine. Sometimes hundreds of pages are sent to that machine daily. #
  • @JamesHunter6789 It all seems pretty thin.. no email to be found anywhere.. no outcome for the car dealer.. Swan may be on shakier ground. in reply to JamesHunter6789 #
  • RT @a_web_designer: Vict Premier’s site was developed in #Joomla. http://twurl.nl/ujne07 They need to ugrade to Joomla Version 1.5 soon. #
  • RT @SkyNewsAust: BREAKING NEWS: PM says the AFP will investigate the source of the email that alleges wrongdoing over the OzCar controversy. #
  • I was away the day they handed out good looks… RT @youstruckgold: hey. That new pic Is a bit severe! #
  • @youstruckgold Are you free for a coffee? in reply to youstruckgold #
  • Kevin Rudd, speaking to the media today, says the alleged OzCar email is a fake, and calls for some honesty from the Opposition. #
  • Yep, @Sznq – that was the triple whammy quote: syrupy, banal and vomit-inducing… #
  • RT @lboland: is the e-mail real ? #
  • No-one can find it, even on multiple departmental computer systems @lboland & the Libs haven’t produced a copy…if it smells like a fake… #
  • No pictures of Elvis in my pack… RT @alicam: It’s true: each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. #
  • Ah…the choice I’m facing…RT @Sznq @stephenfry says Nokia’s N97 is a huge disappointment compared to new iPhone – http://twurl.nl/1hy22g #
  • @JamesHunter6789 I’ve had the N95 for past two years… haven’t seen N97 yet. Like the camera, MP3 player, other features in N95. in reply to JamesHunter6789 #
  • The Liberal Party has pre-selected Joshua Frydenberg in the federal seat of Kooyong. He will succeed Petro Georgiou at the next election. #
  • RT @BernardKeane: judging by the commercial news tonight this has turned very bad for the Opp. Unless this email turns up, Turnbull’s toast. #
  • @Chris_pinkapple In Higgins they used to expect their member to become the leader… in reply to Chris_pinkapple #
  • Do you remember @Chris_pinkapple what Ann Richards, former Democratic Governor of Texas, said about George Bush senior….? #
  • “Poor George,” she drawled in that marvellous southern accent. “He can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” #
  • I’ve been playing with Market Samurai today. I think I will be seriously addicted to this Keyword tool from now on. Indispensable. #
  • RT @lyndons: 2 million pages of British newspapers 1800-1900 now online – http://bit.ly/DDeIS An incredibly fascinating historical resource. #
  • “I spied on top Aussies” – http://twurl.nl/3nezyo – former ASIO agent tells of spying on Jennie George! #
  • Twitter’s Difficult Gift To Journalism – http://twurl.nl/e05ckl – New Matilda piece by @julie_posetti #
  • RT @Colvinius: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com aggregating more tweets from Tehran than I can post. #iranelection #
  • There’s no such thing as a virtual revolution – http://twurl.nl/wrx6fs – David Rothkopf says it’s hard to separate twaddle from twitter. #
  • News of Iran, edited in Newton (Boston) – http://twurl.nl/3tpp8e – the story of upstart website http://tehranbureau.com #iranelection #



Twitter Updates

  • @australian Your tinyurls are cut-off and don’t work because the tweets are over the 140 limit. in reply to australian #
  • Turnbull baulks at early poll – http://twurl.nl/2tj4i0 – The Age reports Turnbull lobbies Business Council of Aust for support on emissions #
  • Turnbull must take this chance to stamp his authority as leader – http://twurl.nl/kstozw – An incisive analysis by Michelle Grattan. #
  • @Sophie_Gill Good to meet you tonight – my fingers are a bit cold also! in reply to Sophie_Gill #
  • Belles of the ball can’t find nice things to say about each other – http://twurl.nl/p23m6d – Annabel Crabb on the Parlt’s Mid-Winter ball. #
  • @PWebb2120 – good to meet you tonight at #tweetupmellers. #
  • I’m all syringed and can hear properly again…it’s quite a sensual experience…highly recommended… #
  • Rudd staffer accuses Turnbull of bullying over car dealer – http://twurl.nl/6xkrbw – end of session shenanigans or is this developing? #
  • Full text of file note from Rudd adviser Andrew Charlton in relation to comments made by Turnbull at Mid Winter ball http://twurl.nl/rssnrp #
  • @rdegan I’ve got the N95 and very happy with it. Tossing up between N97 (haven’t seen it yet) or an iPhone. What do you think? in reply to rdegan #
  • Watching the absurd Sen. Eric Abetz doing his Perry Mason act with Treasury officials over the OzCar issue. #
  • @alicam IQ has free-to-air in capital cities. I know country areas don’t always have free-to-air, eg. Ballarat doesn’t get Ch10. in reply to alicam #
  • Back from coffee & chat with @a_web_designer – we solved the mysteries of the internet whilst getting in a bit of gossip & Filipino politics #
  • Meanwhile, Kevin Rudd is under attack over OzCar – http://twurl.nl/cwrclm – and has held an unusual Friday night press conference… #
  • Lindsay Tanner & Tony Abbott are on Lateline trading accusations over the so-called OzCar affair. #
  • Treasury official Godwin Grech claims contact from PM’s adviser Andrew Charlton re assistance to Qld car dealer John Grant. #
  • Rudd denies any contact/representations made on behalf of John Grant by his office. Computer systems search has produced no email as alleged #
  • The Australian newspaper claims to have a copy of an email sent to Grech from Rudd’s office which it will publish shortly. #
  • This isn’t “taking out the trash” @nicodonnell – it’s damage control by the PM who is facing his most deadly challenge yet. #
  • “Taking out the trash” – expression for releasing embarrassing information during a quiet media time or to bury it during a busy time. #
  • RT @bbcworld: What happens when a pilot dies mid-flight? http://tinyurl.com/lxdx26 || In Australia, Julia Gillard takes over… #
  • Govt says OzCar email does not exist. Lindsay Tanner refers to fake documents which humiliated SA Opp. Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith. #
  • PM Rudd says searches of adviser Andrew Charlton’s email show no evidence of any email as alleged. PM&C Dept can find no email in system. #
  • Rudd says Treasury cannot locate any correspondence from Charlton or PM’s office. #
  • PM’s adviser Andrew Charlton says he had never heard of John Grant until Grant was named in Parliament. #
  • Rudd has announced that he has asked Auditor-General to investigate allegations regarding representations in relation to John Grant Motors. #
  • @CherylFehlberg I haven’t looked at it yet… where did I put that URL… in reply to CherylFehlberg #
  • The Treasury official, Godwin Grech, has conceded his memory is faulty and may be unreliable but he recollects an email from Rudd’s office. #
  • Steve Lewis, journalist with News Limited papers, apparently has a copy of alleged email from Rudd’s office to Godwin Grech at OzCar. #
  • PM stands by OzCar denial – http://twurl.nl/ldbugq – ABC online news report on tonight’s developments. #
  • Federal Parliament sits next week for the last time before the winter recess – this issue will mean it’s a lively week. #
  • Rudd has asked Auditor-General to investigate and report by July 31st unless a more extensive investigation is required. #
  • Well, I suppose I can cope with this… http://twurl.nl/gyl6jm – @CherylFehlberg #
  • RT @LiberalAus: Statement from the Leader of the Opposition on OzCar allegations – http://tinyurl.com/nu8b2x #
  • New avatar… #
  • And now for the ultimate compliment I can pay anyone… I’m going to retweet a quote from @Sznq, even if she didn’t acknowledge Aristotle! #
  • RT @Sznq: “Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.” – Aristotle (384-322 BCE) #
  • You mean Imelda? || RT @a_web_designer: You would not like Marcos’ Avatar, perhaps? 😛 #
  • RT @a_web_designer: That will be a shoe avatar. #
  • I was thinking of a still shot from a Dovie Beams home movie – @a_web_designer – although I gather she only made audio recordings… #
  • Information on the Dovie Beams sex scandal – http://twurl.nl/80poec – makes Monica Lewinsky look like a rank amateur. #
  • RT @a_web_designer: How about this one? – http://twitzap.com/u/0zQ – “The Torrid Love Triangle That Shook The World” – Marvellous! #
  • Whose Side Are We On? You Have to Ask? – http://twurl.nl/veccni – Peggy Noonan, Iran, Aggressive Political Solipsism & Twitter #iranelection #
  • RT @nytimeskristof: Khamenei’s tough speech and the Basij’s boldness give me a very bad feeling that Iran is headed for a Tehran Tiananmen. #



Twitter Updates

  • Forced Migration – http://twurl.nl/68b5p6 – 10.5 million refugees in 2008, 2.8 million from Afghanistan. The Economist graphs the data. #
  • A Report From Inside as Tehran Twitters – http://twurl.nl/eg5504 – Parvez Sharma on the “mind-numbing-stupidity” of some Iran commentary. #
  • Lindsay Tanner to an Opposition member (Abbott?): “I thought I told you to stay in the car and bark at strangers.” #
  • The government moves to suspend an Opposition member in the House. A voice: “You promised so much more Kevin and it’s come to this.” #
  • Twitter and Iran – http://twurl.nl/bhhaj4 – Prof. Clay Shirky of New York University on the evolution of new media. #
  • Higgins could become marginal – http://twurl.nl/287hz8 – one word: nonsense. #
  • Poodle’s bark is worse than his bite – http://twurl.nl/x0t585 – I know he deserves it but @annabelcrabb is so cruel…! #
  • Home from #tweetupmellers – a 5-hour outing. At least 70 or so people there tonight, including a number of new faces. #
  • And that was a very cold carpark conversation with @mr_billiam and @a_web_designer to end the night with… #
  • Greetings to @cherylfehlberg, editor and fellow language Nazi. We are on the march against English atrocities… #
  • @RicRaftis Warm? It’s bloody cold here and I’m someone who loves winter. You are going to have to make a special trip for the next meetup. in reply to RicRaftis #
  • Greetings to @dalegoodridge from Nottingham via #tweetupmellers. Listen to his music here: http://www.dalegoodridge.com #
  • And greetings also to @ideasculture who outlined her intriguing venture tonight at #tweetupmellers. See it here: http://ideasculture.com #
  • Thanks to @neilcreek for taking my picture tonight at #tweetupmellers – new avatar coming soon. http://neilcreek.com #
  • Finally met @rebeccamezzino at #tweetupmellers tonight, fresh off the Adelaide plane. She brought her friend from Irymple just to meet me! #
  • Greetings to @AKAVirtualPA who introduced herself at #tweetupmellers – I still get all you VA/PA women confused. #
  • Not to forget @kirsty_wilson, another attendee at #tweetupmellers tonight. She’s mastering WordPress and has proved to be a dedicated pupil! #
  • Wondering if @geehall1 has posted all that video he took at #tweetupmellers tonight. He’s such a slacker… #



Twitter Updates

  • @a_web_designer I joined it a long time ago… in reply to a_web_designer #
  • RT @PeterKesina: STRATFOR George Friedman on #Iranelectionhttp://bit.ly/1a1bzZ #
  • The TV Business Is Toast – http://twurl.nl/q60lt2 – Henry Blodget’s persuasive case that TV companies are repeating mistakes of newspapers. #
  • US State Dept asked Twitter to delay maintenance to assist Iranian bloggers – http://twurl.nl/kt72ca – a new arrow in the diplomatic quiver. #
  • The challenge of HIV and AIDS – http://twurl.nl/i2vzvx – World Disasters Report 2008 from the Red Cross. An unusual single issue report. #
  • Cyberwar guide for beginners – http://twurl.nl/kidohp – #iranelection tips for participating constructively on Twitter. #
  • RT @GreensMPs: Milne delivers climate challenge at Press Club; warns of Wong’s ‘white flag’ legacy – http://tinyurl.com/lnnuqf #
  • Faulkner faces a torrid battle – http://twurl.nl/u4wtf0 – Nicholas Stuart with an interesting look at the new Defence Minister. #
  • It’s 37 years to the day since the Watergate break-in that precipitated the resignation of President Richard Nixon – http://twurl.nl/z4cs5p #
  • The @SkyNewsAust Agenda crew – Farr, Wright & Speers – don’t think Mal Brough has much chance of winning Higgins preselection… #
  • RT @jessmcculloch: reports reports reports. urgh. #
  • @jessmcculloch “Jess seems less enthusiastic this semester and is given to outbursts of frustration. She needs to apply herself diligently.” in reply to jessmcculloch #
  • “Jess is devoted to internet messaging & there is concern that this is affecting her results. She is advised to read more.” @jessmcculloch #
  • It’s five years since I’ve written a school report. I’d almost forgotten the joys of pontification – @jessmculloch #
  • Why some people shouldn’t tweet: RT @rebeccamezzino: A dog with bowel incontinence is NOT fun to live with..doesn’t smell that great, either #
  • RT @PeterKesina: Stratfor Reality of Watergate – http://bit.ly/OmyyH – interesting article on this 37th anniversary of the break-in. #
  • Want the genuine article? You’ve got Buckley’s – http://twurl.nl/fufjgl – Shaun Carney with a wistful reflection on the PM’s language. #
  • Which well-known political person is ringing @marghutton? She’s a tweeter of significance, without a doubt! #
  • Which well-known political person is ringing @marghutton? She’s a tweeter of significance, without a doubt! #
  • RT @abcnewsTas: Election fundraising begins: The Tas ALP raised at least $62,000 at a fundraising dinner in Hobart – http://bit.ly/T83hH #
  • RT @geehall1: Is Twitter The CNN Of The New Media Generation? – http://ff.im/44Kkj #
  • @lyndoman I’ve had problems with images not showing on my HostGator shared account, but they’re perfect on my reseller account. in reply to lyndoman #
  • Happiness is a warm bogan (Go on. Mullet over) – http://twurl.nl/khzqv4 – Catherine Deveney just keeps getting better. #
  • Rich profit from a sick system – http://twurl.nl/ln13ha – John Watson tackles one of the sacred cows in our system of middle-class welfare. #
  • At this rate he’ll be back in a few days – http://twurl.nl/g0y3mr – Annabel Crabb on the Messiah, Mr People Skills and the former disciple. #
  • How noisy naysayers led Fielding on to false path – http://twurl.nl/wzzoa1 – Matthew England debunks the people who conned Sen. Fielding. #
  • RT @Federation: Thanks! Yesterday we launched the 2009 World Disasters Report on “Early Warning. Early Action.” – http://bit.ly/TfItJ #
  • RT @click2: Sir Ken Robinson 7.30 Report: A ‘lighthouse’ manager can make an enormous difference’ to change within an organisation. #
  • Robinson ridiculing cram schools in interview on 7.30 Report…says in some places 3yo kids are being “interviewed” for kindergarten… #
  • Sir Ken Robinson on 7.30 Report describes people bumping along in jobs they don’t want to be in, waiting for the weekends… sound familiar? #
  • Kerry O’Brien asks Robinson how much blame should be attached to the business sector. He says business rises and falls like empires… #
  • … and society needs people who are imaginative and who can think creatively… business demands on education are usually misguided. #
  • @click2 I’m not sure that it is widely accepted at all. Our emphasis (and the private-public divide) is relentlessly utilitarian. in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 Eg. There are few schools that would try the “no set curriculum on Friday” idea Robinson mentioned. We’re into testing & busy-ness. in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 But when I was teacher for 25 years I also understood the practical constraints..very conscious how my view differs when I’m outside in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 Imagine the staff warfare over abolishing 5×50 minute periods, for example. Territorial subject battles would rage! in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 I don’t think so-called traditional curric is the problem – rather it’s all the lightweight floss that has taken over. in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 Like that example Robinson gave of the teacher doing Shakespeare with NESP students. We need more of that. in reply to click2 #
  • @click2 History, Literature, Physics, etc are all struggling to survive now against the onslaught of pap… in reply to click2 #