Twitter is an awesome way to learn more about Australian politics without having to devote a lot of time or energy to it. I’ve compiled the following list of the top 14 people to follow to learn more about politics, if you don’t have a twitter account – following the people on this list is a great way to get started.
This list does not represent the most important people in Australian politics, but it does represent some of the best users of twitter who are involved in Australian politics.
So with no further ado (and in no particular order):
- @chrisberg – Chris Berg is a ‘small l’ liberal that works for the Institute for Public Affairs. Quite a funny guy, and good to follow if you’re a bit of a libertarian/free market type.
- @AdamBandt – Greens MP for Melbourne. Shows how twitter should be used by politicians.
- @GrogsGamut – Fellow Canberran public service blogger – influential commentator on Australian political journalism. Bit of a massive lefty.
- @farrm51 – Malcolm Farr is a press gallery journo and political editor of news.com.au
- @Colvinius – one of my twitter favourites, Mark Colvin is the voice of ABC radio’s PM. Shares some fantastic content on a broad variety of topics.
- @howespaul – Paul Howes is the national secretary of the Australian Workers Union. Great user of twitter, doesn’t pull any punches.
- @LaurieOakes – who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Canberra political reporting veteran and avid tweeter Mr Laurie Oakes.
- @leighsales – Leigh Sales was better when she was working for lateline (must be busy with her new job or something). Still worth following for the awesome links.
- @latikambourke – Latika Bourke provides a quality mix of political goss with cat related tweets. PROLIFIC tweeter with 30 thousand tweets and counting. Epic.
- @jonaholmesMW – Jonathan Holmes is the host of ABC TV’s media watch.
- @KRuddMP – Who else but KRudd. Kevin11 is surprisingly funny on twitter.
- @TurnbullMalcolm – In the interest of political balance here’s Malcolm Turnbull. How could I not include the guy who takes his iPad to question time?
- @annabelcrabb – Annabel Crabb writes on the Drum for ABC online. Without a doubt the funniest writer on Australian politics out there.
- @thmcmahon – me Ok so I’m not an Australian Politics personality at all. However, I do follow a whole bunch of other random #auspol accounts and retweet the best bits – so follow me and you can get the interesting stuff without having your main feed clogged up.
To save you the effort of following these accounts individually I’ve made a public list for you to follow here: Australian Politics Twitter List
Did I miss anyone important off this list? Let me know!