Bullets everywhere as political fun and games go straight back to the Top of the Pops, just when we thought the big sleep was about to set in for at least a year. New NSW Premier Nathan Rees debuts at number two, the Member for Lakemba just behind him with Tybalt and Mercutio, er Watkins and Costa, not much further down the list (what do you mean, you can’t see Morris as Romeo to our breathless Juliet?).

Meanwhile in the Western soap opera Brendan has got his gun and he’s not letting any of those suitors near his daughter until they’ve bought a whole double D full of his prime dynamic lifter. The certainly soon to be former Premier Alan Carpenter was talking up his love of the bush as the likely soon to be Premier Colin Barnett tried to maintain the Nats would still be forced to leave a few cents in the coffers.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,000

827

1,000

1,000

21,094

957

2

*

Premier

Nathan Rees

704

1,000

542

474

14,757

680

3

-1

Backbench

Morris Iemma

798

649

328

907

15,818

670

4

-1

Opp Leader

Brendan Nelson

360

426

430

560

10,835

444

5

4

?

Alan Carpenter

439

393

384

212

6,927

357

6

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

453

286

297

393

7,636

357

7

*

Backbench

Michael Costa

252

439

262

417

8,660

342

8

*

Backbench

John Watkins

282

233

168

293

5,565

244

9

8

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

197

357

236

163

5,344

238

10

-5

Backbench

Peter Costello

173

147

282

255

4,982

214

11

38

Backbench

Belinda Neal

212

191

277

152

4,259

208

12

-6

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

241

160

209

220

4,456

208

13

*

State Ld

Brendon Grylls

177

311

276

65

4,196

208

14

10

?

Colin Barnett

53

340

241

189

5,400

206

15

-7

Premier

Anna Bligh

292

155

111

124

3,055

170

16

7

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

153

214

94

145

3,511

152

17

*

Independent

Rob Oakeshott

181

191

106

113

3,094

148

18

-8

Premier

John Brumby

234

124

85

96

2,397

135

19

-3

Party leader

Bob Brown

103

123

115

150

2,966

122

20

-7

Independent

Nick Xenophon

123

92

31

234

3,251

120

Suddenly talkback is awash with politics…all it took was for calamity across the country in State politics and the PM to be stuck on pensions for the week.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

883

2

Nathan Rees

432

3

Morris Iemma

329

4

Alan Carpenter

290

5

Brendon Grylls

182

With the events of this week, who else could we have as celebrity control but the Wiggles? Highest paid Australian entertainers for the fourth year running. If a couple of them are thinking of retiring I know several soon-to-be former pollies who might want the gig and who certainly know how to make us laugh.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Wiggles

87

74

105

32

1,370

74

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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