The PM practically doubled media coverage from just under 9,000 mentions last week, helped in part by reporting on his Australia Day address to the nation. Kev smiled benevolently as 70’s popstar Leo Sayer pranced around the stage after taking his oath of citizenship — he just felt like dancing.

Not much change for the top five this week, but Lindsay Tanner comes in for a blinder in the top 10. The Government placed more fingers in the dyke holding back the pervasive GCF and defended pumping in $4 billion to buoy commercial property values.

Warren Truss makes some impact this week as the Nationals demand answers for the blow-out price of diesel fuel — the ACCC promised to put its teeth back in, just in time for some harsh words with those naughty people in the oil industry.

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

17,537

1,000

2

0

Premier

Nathan Rees

142

305

61

305

4,261

203

3

2

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

191

196

212

126

3,008

181

4

-1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

96

119

168

278

3,331

165

5

-1

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

177

198

113

108

2,517

149

6

32

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

54

259

173

36

2,458

131

7

7

Premier

Anna Bligh

167

129

59

41

1,442

99

8

-1

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

68

68

24

164

1,691

81

9

-1

Backbench

John Della Bosca

100

150

8

65

1,467

81

10

-4

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

69

81

108

30

1,155

72

11

13

Premier

Colin Barnett

58

96

66

21

1,017

60

12

8

Premier

John Brumby

74

70

49

37

932

58

13

*

Backbench

Tony Kelly

52

85

31

38

932

51

14

-4

State Minister

David Campbell

64

62

24

35

768

46

15

*

Upper House

Theo Theophanous

40

87

49

10

796

46

16

2

Premier

Mike Rann

68

64

18

26

698

44

17

-1

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

20

69

8

34

692

33

18

*

State Minister

Rob Hulls

43

33

29

15

453

30

19

36

Party leader

Warren Truss

27

53

2

6

387

22

20

-8

Backbench

Barnaby Joyce

39

21

3

13

269

19

It’s still a bit pedestrian on the talkback front — NSW Labor remains prominent in discussion for all the wrong reasons. Colin Barnett came back from his holidays to face the music as BHP Billiton closed its Ravensthorpe nickel mine — the WA Government was accused of being asleep at the wheel and ill-informed about the closure.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

115

2

Nathan Rees

111

3

John Della Bosca

88

4

Colin Barnett

63

5

Barry O’Farrell

57

What a difference a break makes — Jelena Dokic returned as the great hope for women’s tennis in the Australian Open, and bowed out after a hard fought quarter final to Russia’s Dinara Safina. Fortunately Melbourne Park is strictly out of bounds for father Damir — although his mad and occasionally disturbing ranting can still be heard from Serbia.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Jelena Dokic

394

371

1,075

153

7,616

498

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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