The old order fadeth. Sorta, anyway. The Prime Minister is top of the Crikey/Media Monitors chart for this week, the leader of the opposition is second – but John Howard is still hanging in at number three. There are still more federal Coalition MPs in the Top 20 than Labor.

But we can see the shape of things to come. Treasurer Wayne Swan is up 14 places to Number 4. Soon he’ll settle in at Three or Two.

And it’s impossible to imagine that Julia Gillard will be at Number 7 next week with the flood of patronising pieces that gush “Coo er gosh, we’ve got a woman as Acting PM”.

TW

Move

Type

Politician

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Grand Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

2,145

9,859

4,736

4,677

21,417

2

1

Oppn Leader

Brendan Nelson

627

4,727

2,445

1,195

8,994

3

-1

ex PM

John Howard

1,070

1,506

467

2,399

5,442

4

14

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

927

1,882

1,730

679

5,219

5

4

Premier

Morris Iemma

536

2,656

851

665

4,708

6

-2

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

287

1,696

910

1,336

4,229

7

0

Deputy PM

Julia Gillard

382

1,156

1,062

1,094

3,694

8

-3

Backbench

Peter Costello

302

502

196

1,544

2,544

9

3

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

270

988

747

458

2,463

10

3

Cabinet

Penny Wong

209

1,104

679

281

2,273

11

-3

Shadow

Julie Bishop

211

771

447

628

2,057

12

16

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

84

1,219

391

235

1,928

13

13

Premier

Anna Bligh

247

729

485

372

1,833

14

-8

Shadow

Tony Abbott

146

615

223

777

1,762

15

6

Premier

John Brumby

236

769

295

306

1,606

16

4

Shadow

Joe Hockey

91

605

78

461

1,235

17

2

Shadow

Andrew Robb

67

638

26

394

1,125

18

18

Cabinet

Tony Burke

70

711

88

81

950

19

5

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

152

460

36

229

877

20

-3

Party leader

Warren Truss

68

590

26

160

845

Brendan Nelson is yet to make an impact on the talkback chart, but given the reasons Morris Iemma is there that mightn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

620

2

John Howard

288

3

Morris Iemma

229

4

Wayne Swan

170

5

Julia Gillard

170

And as we bid farewell to the Howards from Kirribilli, we though we should have a cricketer as our celebrity control this week. Muttiah Muralitharan. Crazy name, crazy guy. Byeeeeee!

Muttiah Muralitharan

247

1,110

909

542

2,808

Britney Spears

107

131

312

429

979

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