Turnbull with a bullet
It’s Malcolm Turnbull with a bullet – several bullets. He shot
his mouth off, shot himself in the foot and shot up the charts.

Yes, Mr T is the smash hit of last week’s Canberra Top 40. He
leapt up 95 – count’em – places to trail just behind the two party
leaders and Mr Two Minute Warning himself, Foreign Minister Alexander
Downer, in media monitor Rehame’s list of mentions our pols received
last week.

Turnbull is our winner because he isn’t even an MP. His only
possible rival is Tasmanian Labor backbencher Harry Quick who was
propelled an amazing 136 places from 144 to eight after vigorously
putting the boot into Richard Butler.

Labor is still on a roll with the Free Trade Agreement, with Stephen Conroy coming in at number 11.

However, this week’s number two, Mark Latham, should make sure that top
ten newcomer Craig Emerson doesn’t cost him the number one spot come
election day.

Emerson is there as Shadow Industrial Relations Minister – and with the
FTA out of the way, Labor’s industrial relations policy and backward
approach on workplace agreements has handed the Prime Minister plenty
of material for a scare campaign.

The PM probably had them practising in the Government Party Room last
week. “Repeat after me: ‘If Labor is in power in every
state and every territory and in Canberra the unions will run riot’.”

Who’s hot, who’s not: The Rehame Top 40 Pols

Rank. Name
1 John Howard
2 Mark Latham
3 Alexander Downer
4 Malcolm Turnbull
5 Peter Costello
6 Bob Brown
7 Kim Beazley
8 Harry Quick
9 Tony Abbott
10 Craig Emerson
11 Stephen Conroy
12 John Anderson
13 Tanya Plibersek
14 Mark Vaile
15 De Anne Kelly
16 Amanda Vanstone
17 Con Sciacca
18 Kevin Rudd
19 Warren Truss
20 Lindsay Tanner
21 Andrew Bartlett
22 Peter King
23 Jenny Macklin
24 Kevin Andrews
25 Robert Hill
26 Chris Ellison
27 Brendan Nelson
28 Warren Entsch
29 Helen Coonan
30 Eric Abetz
31 Philip Ruddock
32 Natasha Stott Despoja
33 Ian Campbell
34 Kerry Nettle
35 Wayne Swan
36 Sharman Stone
37 Tony Windsor
38 Alby Schultz
39 Jim Lloyd
40 Larry Anthony

Christian Kerr can be contacted at christian @crikey.com.au