Eight Observations About How I Use Twitter

1. MY TWITTER BACKGROUND

I joined Twitter in April 2008 – thanks @RicRaftis. Like most people, I didn’t know what to do with it and for several months I barely went near it. When I did, I tweeted about technology and the internet.

TwitterThen I started tweeting about Australian and American politics. Later in the year, I began tweeting Question Time, political speeches, press conferences and other media appearances by politicians.

At the time, as far as I knew, no-one else was doing this. Most media people were yet to discover Twitter. Politicians were all but unseen. I often felt I was talking to myself.

Around this time, I began to make contact with people besides PR, marketing and internet types. Bloggers with an interest in politics were flocking to Twitter, as were many others.

The big moment came in March 2009 when I tweeted the Queensland election results. I simply sat at my desk at home with the Queensland Electoral Commission website open and the ABC’s Queensland television feed streaming online. Hundreds of new followers came my way that night and I ended up on commercial radio commenting on the results. It opened my eyes to Twitter’s potential.

I decided I needed a consistent approach so I stopped tweeting about technology and internet issues and made politics my focus. I noticed that Twitter was driving traffic to my main website, AustralianPolitics.com.

By mid-2009, my current approach to Twitter was firmly established. Each night when I sat down to read the next morning’s newspapers online, a ritual I’d followed for years, I would tweet links and occasional comments to articles I thought were worth reading for one reason or another. I was curating content. [Read more…]




Pollie Wants To Twitter?

If Hugo Chavez can establish a special office with 200 staff to handle requests from his followers on Twitter, perhaps it’s time that Australian MPs got with the program.

Pollie Wants to Twitter?Estimates vary as to how many Australian politicians have Twitter accounts but it appears to be less than a quarter of the federal parliament.

This contrasts with the hundreds of US members of Congress who “tweet”. In Washington, they even have a bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus to educate themselves about “the promise and potential” of the Internet.

Recently, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally – @KKeneally – has emerged as one of the more engaging tweeters. She responds to messages and does not limit herself to broadcasting lines of the day. Her opponent, @BarryOfarrell, is a similarly engaging member of the twitterati. Elsewhere, @PremierMikeRann is somewhat prolific. [Read more…]




I’ve just installed the P2 theme

I’ve just installed the P2 theme for live blogging.

Since my love-hate relationship with Twitter is currently going through a “hate” phase, this may well be the alternative I’ve been looking for.

I like the idea of being able to easily blog on my own site without having to log into the Dashboard, so I’m intending to test the theme here for a while and then decide if it will work on AustralianPolitics.com




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 #