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ALP Entering A Brave New Internet World

The online world was abuzz yesterday afternoon with discussion of the Laurie Oakes question to Julia Gillard at the National Press Club.

Labor Connect?What really happened at the now famous meeting in Rudd’s office on the night of June 23? Oakes’s question indicated someone had been talking.

Political aficionados on Twitter speculated as to the identity of his source. Journalists opined on the dangers of making assumptions about leaks. Partisans defended Gillard or decried her treachery. The twitterati revelled in one of those made-for-social-networking moments.

In the midst of this anarchic discussion, as conversation threads came and went, the General Secretary of the NSW ALP, Matt Thistlethwaite, posted a tweet that said: “Check out Australian Labor’s new social network space, an Oz political first. [Read more…]