Tony Abbott is back at the top of the charts for his international diplomacy, or lack thereof.
The Prime Minister storms back to a more usual level of coverage, in fact almost three times as much as he received last week, with his first big week on the international stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Reviews were mixed, with plenty of advice from the media about how he should handle such events in the future, particularly the G20 he will be hosting in Brisbane late this year.
Meanwhile Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s coverage more than halved, despite the asylum seeker issue continuing to get plenty of column inches — while the issue of street violence pushed NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell up to second, with both radio and print staying pretty hot and strong on the case.
Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane was the biggest mover, as the (many business commentators would say forlorn) effort to keep Toyota assembling cars in Australia focused this week on the workforce taking a pay cut. His fellow LNP MP and enthusiastic beer drinker Andrew Laming also made the list, with almost all his coverage being on television … we can’t think why? And Greens Leader Christine Milne was back on deck, hammering Tony Abbott for criticising GFC spending and Environment Minister Greg Hunt over forestry plans in Tasmania.
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There’s that man Laming again, getting just as many pats on the back (careful, don’t spill his drink!) as brickbats, while the PM was generally praised for his international performance.
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The strong divide between radio chatter and online chatter continues, with asylum seekers, welfare cuts and international affairs beating out street violence and upside down MPs.
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All coldly calculated as part of a relaunch as a tough indie rocker whose been through the hell of a county holding cell, right Justin, and not just the all too predictable shenanigans of a spoiled teenager? … I still Belieb!