Plenty of movement this week, with Julia Gillard back to number two as the focus moved quickly to education after Kevin Rudd effectively shut down any comment from the Opposition on climate change by going as low on reductions as anyone in the media predicted, to some consternation from the national daily, forced to give the odd backhanded compliment.

As a result it was left to the Greens and considerable sections of the media to be appalled by the targets and the ETS itself, with Christine Milne making her first appearance in the Top 20, getting more coverage than Bob Brown, particularly in broadcast media.

Other big movers were Stephen Conroy after he didn’t blink on the broadband network; Barry O’Farrell on the back of the NSW Government’s somewhat subprime polling numbers this week and Peter Costello thanks to his long term booster and close friend Tony Abbott.

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

24,182

1,000

2

2

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

223

305

335

320

7,577

296

3

-1

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

198

292

155

405

7,640

263

4

1

Premier

Nathan Rees

155

247

90

271

5,450

190

5

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

121

120

137

308

5,083

171

6

6

Cabinet

Penny Wong

104

285

75

169

4,474

158

7

2

Premier

Anna Bligh

224

113

150

132

3,235

155

8

33

Spokes

Christine Milne

25

121

172

103

2,832

105

9

5

Backbench

Barnaby Joyce

61

153

40

103

2,545

89

10

21

Cabinet

Stephen Conroy

85

53

59

141

2,332

85

11

10

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

34

60

73

141

2,388

77

12

9

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

68

28

53

118

1,841

67

13

-6

Premier

John Brumby

108

73

29

57

1,428

66

14

3

Party leader

Bob Brown

55

85

67

37

1,408

61

15

9

Shadow

Tony Abbott

53

93

51

42

1,448

60

16

18

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

40

54

31

102

1,723

57

17

16

Backbench

Peter Costello

74

43

32

70

1,326

55

18

-7

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

46

31

23

97

1,467

49

19

4

Shadow

Andrew Robb

51

78

6

47

1,196

45

20

7

Premier

Colin Barnett

21

49

45

49

1,135

41

Malcolm will be delighted that Tony knocked him down to sixth on talkback this week, while the rest of the list was as you would expect, with some talk of an early election in Queensland.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

433

2

Nathan Rees

193

3

Julia Gillard

142

4

Tony Abbott

114

5

Anna Bligh

96

Exactly half the PM’s coverage up to COB Tuesday for the brand new Tiger, which, as has been noted, was a pretty amazing effort given the bulk of the coverage was in only two states.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Ben Cousins

211

787

783

218

12,042

500

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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