As predicted no change in the top four as that pesky economy thingy keeps the Brangelina stories from the top of the commercial news bulletins, while Premiers continue to get plenty of coverage as they start to spruik for infrastructure funds.

Stephen Smith up to seventh owing to the Lapthorne case, Lindsay Tanner acting his socks off as Treasurer while Swanny knocks a few heads together in the Big Apple, Steve Fielding wonders why people aren’t praising him for saving the Budget, and the Medicare bill pushed Nicola Roxon up 14 places as well.

Nick Xenophon continues the publicity knife fight to the death with Steve Fielding while Peter Costello slowly drifts off stage right.

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

21,566

1,000

2

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

342

373

512

683

12,042

478

3

0

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

332

352

642

475

10,061

450

4

0

Premier

Nathan Rees

164

187

76

364

5,581

198

5

3

Premier

Anna Bligh

218

84

166

71

2,128

135

6

3

Premier

John Brumby

149

89

185

94

2,412

129

7

8

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

83

86

171

123

2,593

116

8

-2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

111

57

116

150

2,567

109

9

9

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

88

137

126

84

2,259

109

10

-3

Shadow

Julie Bishop

70

43

76

156

2,352

86

11

6

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

57

90

66

114

2,088

82

12

14

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

80

39

14

145

1,996

70

13

8

Independent

Nick Xenophon

44

49

38

113

1,734

61

14

-4

Cabinet

Penny Wong

87

37

24

89

1,393

59

15

-2

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

74

34

43

69

1,205

55

16

*

Backbench

Theo Theophanous

9

74

92

23

1,016

50

17

-12

Backbench

Peter Costello

57

40

19

72

1,163

47

18

2

Party leader

Bob Brown

55

18

50

55

967

44

19

-3

Premier

Mike Rann

57

60

12

33

799

40

20

2

Outer Min

Chris Bowen

24

35

45

39

832

36

The focus on the PM this week as callers battle over whether it’s all his fault or not (y’know, the economy thingy, not winning the first test, Justin Hodges getting injured…).

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

477

2

Wayne Swan

96

3

Malcolm Turnbull

90

4

Nathan Rees

63

5

John Brumby

46

Our Wayne skips out of Miami with a fine, probably because by the standards of American sporting stars, a punch up is almost commendable behaviour.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Wayne Carey

27

83

96

35

1,086

61

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

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