Wayne Swan moves up two places and gets more than half his bosses coverage, the media managing to cover more than one story at a time last Wednesday, much to the Treasurer’s chagrin; while Julia Gillard moved in to the top five, a spot that you would think she might occupy regularly, but doesn’t, all thanks to dear old Eddy Groves.

Lindsay Tanner continues his romance with the Press gallery (they can’t get enough of those sharp snooker player looks, or the fact that he actually says stuff) and his opposite number Joe Hockey was also getting plenty of coverage.

Plenty of other big movers in the lower half of the list, with the debate over why the automotive industry is a protected species and whether that will save it anyway gave Kim Carr a rare appearance; Andrew Robb kept up the attack on those poor public servants and Anthony Albanese started to think about where to bury the news of the wonderful infrastructure projects he’s now not going to build.

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

22,467

1,000

2

2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

389

713

571

383

11,072

514

3

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

240

328

380

365

7,911

328

4

-2

Premier

Nathan Rees

275

380

96

511

9,025

315

5

8

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

229

464

360

120

5,543

293

6

3

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

60

284

215

98

3,594

164

7

0

Premier

John Brumby

127

111

99

57

1,811

99

8

-3

Premier

Anna Bligh

136

117

47

64

1,753

91

9

5

Shadow

Julie Bishop

47

145

50

63

1,795

76

10

2

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

104

88

43

56

1,437

73

11

14

Shadow

Joe Hockey

59

131

51

33

1,367

68

12

-2

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

14

110

43

105

2,068

68

13

21

Cabinet

Kim Carr

38

74

46

28

953

47

14

10

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

36

52

1

57

1,030

36

15

22

Shadow

Andrew Robb

19

45

63

15

667

35

16

2

Shadow

Tony Abbott

13

62

31

32

859

34

17

-1

Premier

Mike Rann

42

47

21

24

674

34

18

-12

Cabinet

Penny Wong

49

20

1

52

808

30

19

10

Premier

David Bartlett

55

20

13

32

614

30

20

13

Backbench

Peter Costello

53

29

5

30

605

29

The Treasurer on top and the two Finance spokesmen in the Top five, do you think the hip pocket nerve is starting to feel the pinch? Only question about this list, wherefore art thou, Malcolm and Julie?

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Wayne Swan

247

2

Kevin Rudd

241

3

Joe Hockey

196

4

Nathan Rees

105

5

Lindsay Tanner

90

A little bit of sanity returns after all this financey news stuff, as the nation turns its focus to who the Aussie skipper should have tossed the ball to in the third session of the fourth day of the fourth test, with the over rate ten behind and the Indians six down. Finally, statistics we can all understand.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Ricky Ponting

469

607

929

374

12,062

595

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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