NSW Premier Morris Iemma almost pips Brendan Nelson and Nicola Roxon’s up into fourth place, as health becomes the issue du jour, bad news as usual for Iemma, and for doctors.

Tony Abbott’s keeping himself active explaining why he’s bipartisan all the way… not that it’s going to work mind you (love that Jesuitical logic), while Stephen Smith manages to keep a fairly low profile despite Tibet being the big news story of the week.

And what’s that stamping and raging you hear coming from the North East corner of Parliament House? Ahh, it’s the Shadow Treasurer, who barely registered in the media this week as State shadow treasurers (name two and you win a prize, name them all and we’ll lock you up) mumble “welcome to irrelevance Malcolm”.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Grand Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,180

4,829

2,629

9,444

18,082

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

272

735

316

3,876

5,199

3

1

Premier

Morris Iemma

287

2,014

333

2,508

5,142

4

10

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

146

1,613

729

1,655

4,143

5

-2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

211

799

318

1,895

3,223

6

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

241

717

429

1,734

3,121

7

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

200

426

216

2,125

2,967

8

2

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

127

877

344

1,248

2,596

9

-2

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

97

406

227

1,696

2,426

10

7

Shadow

Tony Abbott

84

734

427

1,042

2,287

11

4

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

93

792

277

1,122

2,284

12

-1

ex PM

John Howard

238

206

210

1,500

2,154

13

-1

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

129

396

133

1,048

1,706

14

-5

Premier

John Brumby

165

168

79

1,003

1,415

15

5

Shadow

Julie Bishop

133

547

136

595

1,411

16

3

Cabinet

Penny Wong

70

192

186

872

1,320

17

4

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

70

500

101

626

1,297

18

-5

Shadow

Joe Hockey

46

208

229

766

1,249

19

3

Cabinet

Tony Burke

105

289

1

587

982

20

6

Shadow

Nick Minchin

25

166

219

559

969

Talkback Top Five

Few surprises again, although the fine citizens of talkback still haven’t forgotten John Howard.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

233

2

Morris Iemma

69

3

Brendan Nelson

48

4

Tony Burke

32

5

John Howard

28

And our celebrity control sample of the week: Cricketers’ wives are the new footballers’ wives? From now on we’ll see Boony types running around with 6 foot blondes? Twenty20 really HAS changed the world.

Lara Bingle and Michael Clarke

33

149

560

284

1,026

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

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