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

Rank Name Mentions Mentions

Last Report

Rank

Last Report

1 John
Anderson
2870 1697 2
2 John
Howard
2812 2704 1
3 Tony
Windsor
2800 1597 3
4 Mark
Latham
2702 975 4
5 Alexander
Downer
688 481 7
6 Sandy
Macdonald
665 427 9
7 Peter
Costello
414 297 12
8 Kim
Beazley
297 17 74
9 Wayne
Swan
281 167 16
10 Peter
Dutton
241 1 152
11 Mark
Vaile
200 246 13
12 Philip
Ruddock
177 114 24
13 Carmen
Lawrence
175 10 98
14 Kerry
O’Brien
170 5 122
15 Bob
Brown
164 156 19
16 Stephen
Smith
159 208 14
17 Anthony
Albanese
145 135 21
18 Simon
Crean
127 52 39
19 Dick
Adams
126 97 26
20 Chris
Ellison
125 389 10
20 Lyn
Allison
125 45 43
22 Meg
Lees
90 15 78
23 Kelvin
Thomson
80 9 103
24 Tony
Abbott
77 476 8
25 Robert
Hill
69 43 44
26 Chris
Pyne
68 46 41
26 Joseph
Hockey
68 5 122
26 Warren
Truss
68 160 18
29 Bob
Katter
60 6 113
30 Brendan
Nelson
57 128 22
31 David
Hawker
55 884 5
32 Bob
Baldwin
54 32 52
32 Penny
Wong
54 1 152
34 Kim
Carr
51 24 66
34 Peter
Andren
51 18 72
36 Kay
Patterson
50 34 50
37 Rod
Kemp
44 42 45
37 Sharman
Stone
44 66 34
39 Julia
Gillard
43 161 17
40 Helen
Coonan
42 89 30