If anyone had any doubts that Wayne Swan is more Ralph Willis than Paul Keating when it comes to media interest and that there’s a certain love amongst journalists for the working class lad from Vaucluse, the below table shows the Shadow Treasurer ahead of the Treasurer in May. We’ve gone deep into the archives for a precedent, no luck so far…

Martin Ferguson bolts into the Top Ten, in a week that has shown that while the Opposition quickly settled into the ‘every pollie for themselves’ role of first term opposition, the Government is taking a little longer to settle into this whole “we’re runnin the place now” vibe.

Jenny Macklin’s two cents on petrol and gee up on Native Title got her back up to a more suitable position, ditto Joel Fitzgibbon thanks to clearly the most important issue of the week, “Taniagate”.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,604

8,186

4,620

8,889

23,299

2

0

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

699

4,408

2,134

3,671

10,912

3

1

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

399

2,638

1,012

3,061

7,110

4

-1

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

486

897

342

4,790

6,515

5

0

Premier

Morris Iemma

264

1,423

187

2,966

4,840

6

2

Premier

Anna Bligh

260

993

620

1,418

3,291

7

55

Cabinet

Martin Ferguson

48

1,586

740

243

2,617

8

22

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

154

929

541

895

2,519

9

1

Backbench

Alexander Downer

207

1,033

384

739

2,363

10

2

Premier

John Brumby

160

784

304

940

2,188

11

7

Shadow

Nick Minchin

173

917

626

378

2,094

12

1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

171

769

144

644

1,728

13

2

Outer

Chris Bowen

68

1,026

195

427

1,716

14

-4

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

74

792

26

807

1,699

15

9

Cabinet

Penny Wong

84

597

123

720

1,524

16

-9

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

72

89

4

1,113

1,278

17

4

Shadow

Joe Hockey

112

447

338

250

1,147

18

7

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

158

369

34

561

1,122

19

17

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

68

553

90

318

1,029

20

8

Premier

Alan Carpenter

129

245

27

595

996

The media may love Malcolm, but talkback callers don’t seem to share the same fascination. They seem to think a couple of blokes named Kev and Wayne are in charge.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

347

2

Wayne Swan

172

3

Brendan Nelson

52

4

Jenny Macklin

39

5

Julia Gillard

33

The horror… We reckon Max Markson is on the phone trying to get these two together for a few commando pics as we write this.

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Grand Total

Bill Henson

147

2,781

1,025

1,206

5,159

Tania Zaetta

128

1,590

1,811

211

3,740

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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