Just in case any further confirmation that the tumbleweeds completely take over the Big House on the Hill in January was needed, the media coverage figures from the last seven days — an absent Kevin Rudd top scoring with about a quarter the level of his usual coverage — should suffice.

Sleepy times in Canberra means plenty of state politicians on the Media Monitors’ Top 20 list, with health issues particularly prominent in Queensland and also NSW, along with good old Laura Norder getting a run — presumably she’s only back on top until everyone has to start trying to get to work again.

Of the few federal types getting coverage, Acting PM Julia Gillard is pretty much neck-and-neck with Kirribilli Kev, Joel Fitzgibbon is high on the list following the death of Private Greg Sher in Afghanistan last week, and Jenny Macklin featured in plenty of discussion of what’s in store for remote indigenous communities in 2009.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,000

400

784

1,000

6,207

796

2

0

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

485

1,000

1,000

459

4,517

736

3

3

NSW Premier

Nathan Rees

228

404

181

410

2,752

306

4

-1

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

378

409

148

260

2,116

299

5

10

Cabinet

Joel Fitzgibbon

188

466

310

136

1,633

275

6

7

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

72

321

373

63

1,050

207

7

*

NSW Shadow

Jillian Skinner

86

251

126

213

1,496

169

8

-4

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

169

193

14

243

1,521

155

9

-2

Shadow

Julie Bishop

91

210

269

40

715

152

10

-2

Vic Premier

John Brumby

194

102

187

91

785

144

11

*

Qld Minister

Stephen Robertson

103

183

152

66

733

126

12

0

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

55

149

46

254

1,468

126

13

8

Backbench

Barnaby Joyce

86

322

48

18

656

119

14

-3

SA Premier

Mike Rann

110

150

138

54

618

113

15

-10

Qld Premier

Anna Bligh

211

23

15

165

911

104

16

*

NSW Minister

John Hatzistergos

86

193

2

89

760

93

17

0

Party leader

Bob Brown

105

100

29

127

812

90

18

5

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

32

86

27

210

1,142

89

19

-10

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

110

68

14

131

775

81

20

-4

Premier

Colin Barnett

133

86

27

53

458

75

The seasonal lack of interest in politics definitely extended to talkback in the last seven days — apart from the politics of the Australian cricket team of course.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Nathan Rees

75

2

Kevin Rudd

47

3

Peter Garrett

39

4

Julia Gillard

23

5

Barnaby Joyce

12

You possibly won’t be surprised that the retirement of the last of the golden patch of Australian cricketers born around 1970 saw two-and-a-half times as much coverage as any politician received, and five times as much on telly. Will we ever see dominance like that again, in any sport?

Press

Radio

Television

Internet

Total

INDEX

Matthew Hayden

941

2,969

4,937

1,092

13,070

2485

 

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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