While the Prime Minister saved the world from nuclear attack, climate change and a future without an Australian automotive industry all in one week (how the rest of the world must wish they were Australian, so they could vote for him too) — the Australian media seemed to be at least as interested in more earthy local matters, such as allegations of State and Federal representatives doing long hours checking local standards of RSA (once again no doubt leading the world to wish they too could vote for such hard-working folk).

World Environment Day and only one-week late comment on the Henson issue saw the Minister for Placky Bags leap up the list as did the Minister for The Important Environmental Stuff That Can’t Be Left To The Rock Star (try getting that on a business card), who softly got tough on carbon trading and defended the water buyback scheme.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,602

9,524

7,044

10,436

28,606

2

3

Premier

Morris Iemma

403

2,555

798

5,294

9,050

3

-1

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

321

1,021

694

4,594

6,630

4

*

State Minister

John Della Bosca

169

2,740

1,391

1,218

5,518

5

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

213

452

232

4,483

5,380

6

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

302

914

467

3,557

5,240

7

12

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

182

972

474

1,554

3,182

8

-4

Shadow

Malcolm Turnbull

86

239

85

2,141

2,551

9

*

Backbench

Belinda Neal

116

890

674

654

2,334

10

-3

Premier

John Brumby

163

811

151

892

2,017

11

4

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

82

495

420

743

1,740

12

2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

230

277

192

1,021

1,720

13

-4

Outer

Chris Bowen

67

713

195

715

1,690

14

3

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

84

495

147

753

1,479

15

14

Cabinet

Penny Wong

65

701

106

541

1,413

16

-3

Cabinet

Martin Ferguson

49

425

19

900

1,393

17

-5

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

101

306

59

913

1,379

18

5

Opp Leader

Lawrence Springborg

55

348

161

761

1,325

19

5

Premier

Alan Carpenter

154

502

37

622

1,315

20

-2

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

48

322

340

587

1,297

Della joins the big two this week, as talkback callers seem to show more interest in local argy bargy than global peace and carbon-free Camrys, while name calling between farmers and the Victorian Premier continues.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

325

2

Morris Iemma

200

3

John Della Bosca

164

4

John Brumby

115

5

Peter Garrett

69

So… what happened exactly?

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Grand Total

Bill Henson

147

1,706

1,215

1,784

4,852

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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