Can payola allegations overshadow Labor’s woes?

Parliament’s back next
week, and a glimpse at the Rehame Canberra Top 40 suggests that the New
England payola scandal just won’t go away.

The leader of the party at the centre of the allegations, John
Anderson, has toppled John Howard as the most mentioned pol. The
Top 10 is dominated by payola players – Tony Windsor make it in at
Number Three and that thick thug, Sandy Macdonald, somehow turns up at
Number Three.

Bad news for the Government? Well, it could be – if Labor could
get its act together. But rather than singing the same tune, they
sound like Slayer sampling Schoenburg.

Golden oldie Kim Beazley reappears in the Top 10 this week, at Number
Eight, reflecting the leadership speculation in the ALP. Loud
Labor hacks like Carmen Lawrence and Kerry O’Brien and Anthony Albanese
and Dick Adams have charted so strongly that the Government heavies
that usually dominate the Canberra Top 40 – the Tony Abbotts and Robert
Hills and Brendan Nelsons – have been knocked right out of the top half
of this week’s list.

And, moving away from the Top 40 names, have a look at what’s dominating Rehame’s charts that list the talkback topics:

  • ALP Leadership Speculation –John Howard’s was discussed in relation to discussion of the ALP Leadership
  • ALP Leadership Speculation – Callers debated the merits of Mark Latham as leader of the Federal ALP
  • Federal Opposition, Election Campaign –
    Callers discussed the various strategies of the Federal Opposition
    during the recent election campaign.
  • Speaker of the House – Callers speculated
    as to whether Mark Latham could be trusted to get along with the new
    Speaker in the House of Representatives.

Twenty years ago Frankie
Goes to Hollywood were a chart act. They generated lots of noise
and lots of controversy, more noise and more controversy and scored two
hits – but that was it. Nowadays, we remember them with
embarrassment – embarrassment at their antics and embarrassment that we
were actually naïve enough to fall for anything so naff, not matter how
briefly.

Twenty years from now, when you hear the words “Mark Latham”, two thoughts will probably pop in your mind.

First, you’ll think “When
two tribes go to war, one is all you can score”. Then you’ll
think “Relax”. Then you’ll probably laugh at the idiocy of it all.

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

RankNameMentionsMentions

Last Report

Rank

Last Report

1John
Anderson
287016972
2John
Howard
281227041
3Tony
Windsor
280015973
4Mark
Latham
27029754
5Alexander
Downer
6884817
6Sandy
Macdonald
6654279
7Peter
Costello
41429712
8Kim
Beazley
2971774
9Wayne
Swan
28116716
10Peter
Dutton
2411152
11Mark
Vaile
20024613
12Philip
Ruddock
17711424
13Carmen
Lawrence
1751098
14Kerry
O’Brien
1705122
15Bob
Brown
16415619
16Stephen
Smith
15920814
17Anthony
Albanese
14513521
18Simon
Crean
1275239
19Dick
Adams
1269726
20Chris
Ellison
12538910
20Lyn
Allison
1254543
22Meg
Lees
901578
23Kelvin
Thomson
80 9103
24Tony
Abbott
774768
25Robert
Hill
694344
26Chris
Pyne
684641
26Joseph
Hockey
685122
26Warren
Truss
6816018
29Bob
Katter
606113
30 Brendan
Nelson
5712822
31David
Hawker
558845
32 Bob
Baldwin
543252
32Penny
Wong
541152
34Kim
Carr
512466
34Peter
Andren
511872
36Kay
Patterson
503450
37Rod
Kemp
444245
37Sharman
Stone
446634
39Julia
Gillard
4316117
40Helen
Coonan
428930

Peter Fray

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