For our time poor readers, here’s our weekly week in words item, in which we take the transcripts from the Sydney 7.45am ABC News Bulletin from Monday to Friday and squash 400 pages of news and current events into this tag cloud — the week in 100 words:

abbas (13) action (11) against (14) allegations (9) area (10) around (12) being (18) bill (8) billion (15) broadband (9) budget (18) bush (9) canberra (11) cent (20) change (12) child (10) children (8) coast (12) construction (10) country (9) court (9) cut (9) david (22) defence (9) drought (8) emergency (12) expected (12) face (11) force (9) four (9) game (10) gaza (11) general (11) going (16) group (8) hamas (16) hardaker (9) health (10) heavy (9) highway (8) house (11) indigenous (9) infrastructure (8) john (18) killed (9) labor (22) leader (18) looking (8) mahmoud (9) major (10) man (15) mark (17) match (8) military (9) million (11) months (16) morning (17) mr (28) network (10) number (11) official (9) oil (11) opposition (13) palestinian (22) parliament (15) party (15) paul (9) people (32) per (20) peter (13) plan (11) plans (11) police (50) president (23) public (9) queensland (8) rain (9) record (9) roads (12) second (10) services (15) shooting (9) soldiers (11) spending (12) start (9) state (39) strip (9) support (8) system (13) think (17) today (23) troops (9) union (13) water (12) week (13) west (11) win (10) work (9) year (23) yesterday (13) created at TagCrowd.com

And get out your calculators folks, here’s the week in numbers: 

523,000,000: Shares in the Ten Network Canadian media group CanWest will convert its economic interest into.

63: Arrests following a global operation into an international internet child porn-graphy ring.

35: Countries in which the arrests were made.

50: Days since 4 year-old Madeleine McCann went missing from an Algarve holiday apartment in Portugal.

327: Days since Richmond’s Nathan Brown last played an AFL match.

189,549: How many more Aussie Rules players there are than Soccer players in Australia.

11: Wickets taken by Shane Warne for Hampshire in an English county cricket match before heading to James Packer and Erica Baxter’s wedding.

500,000: Estimated number of worldwide adherents of Scientology

600,000: Estimated number of worldwide adherents of Rastafarianism

100,000: Value in Australian dollars of the dress Erica Baxter wore when marrying Australia’s richest man, James Packer.

18,928: Average yearly income in Australian dollars of an Indigenous household according to the Australian census 2001.

1,000,000: Estimated peak population of Indigenous Australians pre-European colonisation

410,000: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population according to the Australian census 2001.

1876: The year the last full-blooded native Tasmanian died.

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