Kevin Rudd extends his lead in this week’s Top 20 and, for a bit of perspective, received more coverage than the next seven pollies on the list combined.

There’s four Victorians in the Top 10, with the acting PM in fourth as you would expect and Premier Brumby still riding the water wave in seventh – but the other two? Peter McGauran (5th) and Peter Costello (8th): the media putting them ahead of the Treasurer, the Health Minister and the Communications Minister in the week he ditched the broadband contract. Priorities, folks?

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Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,315

11,076

7,861

11,919

32,171

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

350

3,214

1,532

4,270

9,366

3

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

279

2,417

839

2,029

5,564

4

0

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

179

930

309

2,392

3,810

5

47

Backbench

Peter McGauran

116

2,379

459

579

3,533

6

1

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

51

886

602

1,811

3,350

7

-1

Premier

John Brumby

198

1,024

487

995

2,704

8

13

Backbench

Peter Costello

150

1243

269

994

2,656

9

-4

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

283

235

271

1,853

2,642

10

8

Backbench

Alexander Downer

129

913

201

996

2,239

11

-1

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

59

620

19

1,194

1,892

12

-4

Premier

Anna Bligh

152

256

47

1,250

1,705

13

0

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

137

245

300

951

1,633

14

11

Cabinet

Stephen Conroy

129

766

111

610

1,616

15

-1

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

40

455

261

744

1,500

16

-1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

112

270

79

989

1,450

17

-5

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

63

265

30

1,013

1,371

18

4

Outer

Tanya Plibersek

23

525

353

439

1,340

19

0

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

78

420

100

718

1,316

20

-11

Cabinet

Penny Wong

82

408

21

706

1,217

Talkback Top Five

The Rudd and Iemma dominance continue, but Brendan did get some talkback profile out of the tour, and homelessness clearly is an issue some punters care about, which may shock a few spin doctors.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

544

2

Morris Iemma

283

3

Brendan Nelson

187

4

Peter McGauran

60

5

Tanya Plibersek

59

And our celebrity control sample of the week: I’m sure Mohammed Al-Fayed’s lawyers sleep comfortably at night… aren’t you?

Princess Diana

77

940

2344

860

4,221

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