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Articles by Patrick Baume

Isentia Index: detention centre review and budget speculation dominate political news

Political discussion returned to business as usual, despite the release of the damning Moss Review into the Nauru detention centre.

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Isentia Index: Lazarus lives on as an independent

The state election in New South Wales bumps Abbott off the top spot in radio.

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Isentia Index: Policy debate returns from a long nap

Political debate has turned back to policy, as calls for a spill die out.

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Isentia Index: the phoney war inside the government confuses everyone

Australians are tiring of leadership speculation as the media continues to stoke the flames.

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Isentia Index: Media focus on PM’s office remains intense as government sticks to security

Tony Abbott is still the most talked-about pollie in Australia, but for all the wrong reasons.

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iSentia Index: government efforts to save Chan and Sukumaran become very public

Volumes much lower this week, with much of the media moving on quickly from the no spill result to get onto more pressing matters like the cricket World Cup, but in terms of political coverage it remains all about Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the PM receiving five times as much coverage as his nearest rival […]

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iSentia Index: Queensland LNP crash heightens Abbott leadership troubles

Spills all round have kept pundits talking on air and online.

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iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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iSentia index: Tony Abbott reaches Rudd-like levels of media coverage in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dominated media coverage this year, with his mention numbers nearly eclipsing Kevin Rudd’s at the heigh of his popularity.

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iSentia index: the end of a long, long year for the government

The government finished off its last sitting week of the year with a bang.

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iSentia index: Annus Horribilis or Year of Achievement? The media marks the Abbott government down for 2014

Coalition losses and artificial intelligence got the media and media waters talking this week.

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iSentia index: Lambie leaps as PUP split dominates broadcast coverage

The split between Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party kept the media entertained, but voters just weren’t into the personality politics.

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iSentia index: G20 a mixed bag for PM, despite Modi magic

G20 coverage dominated the media this week, with PUP troubles providing local relief.

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iSentia Index: Defence pay, budget woes and a “tense” Putin-Abbott handshake

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie dominated discussions this week as she agitated for a better defence force pay deal.

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iSentia index: budget negotiations drag on as voters lose interest

Even the most hardcore political junkies are tiring of the government’s dog-whistling on terrorism, asylum seekers and the budget.

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iSentia index: Ebola finally gets some attention in a slow week for politics

The death of Gough Whitlam sparked discussion in what had been an otherwise quiet week.

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iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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iSentia index: burqas, budget woes and Russell Crowe

The NRL grand final proved to be a welcome distraction from the argy-bargy in parliament over burqas and Queensland.

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iSentia index: terrorism, asylum seekers and George Clooney’s wedding

The marriage of the world’s (formerly) most eligible bachelor was light relief in a week of grim news.

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iSentia index: everyone’s talking terror

Jacqui Lambie is punching well above her weight in media mentions, and the nation’s media talks terrorism.

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iSentia index: war, politics and Kimye

War managed to trump celebrity gossip this week, but only just.

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iSentia index: one year on, is Tony Abbott the foreign affairs PM?

The Abbott government’s most popular minister has had a good run in the media this week, unlike many of her cabinet counterparts.

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iSentia index: military action and axing taxes dominates discussion

A surge in international conflicts has kept our defence-related politicians in the media spotlight.

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iSentia index: the Miley, Clive and Abbott show

The twerk team assembled this week, as media focus turned back home after weeks of foreign news.

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