“Nick who?” was surely the call around the office of Steve Fielding, as the good Senator reviewed the Family First results from WA and decided any publicity was good publicity, although Senator Xenophon proved what an old pro he was by dragging out an Osama bin Laden call on John Brumby, who is convinced the Murray Darling crisis couldn’t possibly have anything to do with him. Poor old Adolf never gets name dropped anymore, does he?

And of the people that the PM (we presume) is willing to talk to, Nicola Roxon got plenty of coverage thanks to the Senate’s work on the Medicare levy, Jenny Macklin got coverage on pensions and maternity leave and Lindsay Tanner looked just a little bit excited about the Wall Street meltdown and his own fiscal rectitude.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

25,214

1,000

2

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

458

530

437

740

15,291

541

3

1

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

330

400

251

410

9,279

348

4

1

Premier

Nathan Rees

221

309

83

696

11,065

327

5

4

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

313

276

161

159

4,912

227

6

9

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

170

316

189

155

5,166

208

7

16

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

130

173

103

167

3,852

144

8

-1

Backbench

Peter Costello

114

73

65

242

3,875

124

9

-3

Shadow

Julie Bishop

84

92

54

218

3,605

112

10

7

Party leader

Bob Brown

80

123

87

153

3,212

111

11

21

Premier

John Brumby

161

179

39

55

2,202

109

12

6

Independent

Nick Xenophon

95

129

56

142

2,956

105

13

-10

Backbench

Brendan Nelson

139

61

28

175

2,792

101

14

11

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

21

102

30

205

3,325

89

15

9

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

89

102

104

45

1,890

85

16

-5

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

72

38

91

139

2,513

85

17

2

Premier

Anna Bligh

138

95

22

69

1,697

81

18

9

Cabinet

Penny Wong

88

134

5

91

2,065

79

19

18

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

62

69

108

59

1,836

75

20

0

Premier

Mike Rann

124

102

29

27

1,256

70

Still neck and neck on talkback as the callers decide how they feel about Turnbull, and whether he really wants to raise their pension.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

383

2

Malcolm Turnbull

376

3

Wayne Swan

135

4

Nathan Rees

127

5

Jenny Macklin

70

Perhaps something that should be introduced to politics? …if you want to make a comeback you have to give six months notice in writing … although Bronwyn Bishop probably doesn’t have to keep resending her letter every six months.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Lance Armstrong

194

223

160

67

3,361

161

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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