After months of jumping around, the Top Ten (for 12-18 March) seems to have settled down to what you would expect, with the PM first by miles, followed by the Opposition Leader, then filled out by senior cabinet ministers, the three big state premiers and the Shadow Treasurer.

The Can Do Party Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman (oh sorry…he’s a Liberal is he?) romped home to maintain his status as the most powerful local politician and most powerful Liberal in the country, largely focusing on transport issues in his campaign. (subtle note to State Oppositions – HE FOCUSED ON TRANSPORT)

Meanwhile, Peter Garrett stuck his head back in the bag and Julia Gillard squeezed every last mouse pad-ful of political joy out of the (supposed) death of WorkChoices.  

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,566

8,417

3,992

10,710

24,685

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

399

2,829

1,616

4,455

9,299

3

3

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

312

2,526

830

2,149

5,817

4

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

268

2,334

411

2,583

5,596

5

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

300

1,666

748

2,197

4,911

6

8

Premier

Anna Bligh

196

1,274

684

1,471

3,625

7

1

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

112

625

933

1,945

3,615

8

-1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

173

1,225

526

1,425

3,349

9

18

Premier

John Brumby

232

1,002

690

916

2,840

10

1

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

95

684

169

1,326

2,274

11

-6

ex PM

John Howard

386

438

58

1,348

2,230

12

10

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

207

520

370

1,009

2,106

13

0

Shadow

Joe Hockey

106

634

372

935

2,047

14

-4

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

122

559

151

1,208

2,040

15

-3

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

108

518

49

1,205

1,880

16

33

Mayor

Campbell Newman

201

686

534

435

1,856

17

-2

Shadow

Tony Abbott

87

570

326

865

1,848

18

7

Backbench

Alexander Downer

91

394

97

1,097

1,679

19

7

Cabinet

Penny Wong

86

390

12

895

1,383

20

-3

Shadow

Julie Bishop

89

320

103

783

1,295

Talkback Top Five was again predictable, and expect to see the minister for two of talkback’s favourite issues, welfare and indigenous affairs, in the list plenty of the time.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

440

2

Morris Iemma

269

3

Wayne Swan

88

4

Jenny Macklin

64

5

Tony Burke

32

So what does Rudd’s dominance look like against another top story this week? Pig Iron Kev or saviour of the Tibetan people? Dalai Lama reckons our Kevin is tops. For now.

Dalai Lama

121

1,056

895

1,453

3,525


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Peter Fray

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