The PM again had a blinder of a week, followed by the other half of the deficit dynamic duo, Wayne Swan. Rounding up the top three was Malcolm Turnbull, with his rendition of “Ya just can’t trust ‘em”.

Several Premiers had a sharp increase in coverage this week. While the residents of SA and Victoria were left in a sweaty stupor, the oppressive heat did nothing to slow down the speed in which Mike Rann and John Brumby raced with hand outstretched to Kevin and his sack of economic stimulus packages.

Up north, Lawrence Springborg made an appearance in the Top 20 after a long absence. Springborg donned pom-poms to cheer on LNP Daddy Warbucks, Clive Palmer, in his litigation against Premier Anna Bligh.

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

18,926

1,000

2

3

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

341

583

479

231

7,476

409

3

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

209

430

338

166

5,383

286

4

8

Premier

John Brumby

245

261

552

53

4,117

278

5

-1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

201

162

295

282

4,552

235

6

-4

Premier

Nathan Rees

251

73

228

356

4,465

227

7

0

Premier

Anna Bligh

283

227

199

47

2,751

189

8

1

Backbench

John Della Bosca

108

163

77

132

2,481

120

9

7

Premier

Mike Rann

85

85

69

24

1,041

66

10

*

Shadow

Julie Bishop

58

101

60

23

1,072

60

11

-3

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

129

36

8

43

749

54

12

-1

Premier

Colin Barnett

65

46

46

15

630

43

13

4

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

31

66

41

14

692

38

14

-8

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

70

42

3

37

657

38

15

*

Opp Leader

Lawrence Springborg

69

39

12

18

503

34

16

1

Party leader

Bob Brown

37

40

6

42

659

31

17

6

Shadow

Ted Baillieu

32

24

45

9

404

27

18

-8

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

57

27

0

25

441

27

19

-6

Backbench

Tony Kelly

37

48

7

14

476

26

20

*

Shadow

Tony Abbott

25

16

28

6

264

18

NSW Lib leader Barry O’Farrell may have been well down the list in terms of the most referenced pollie, but he prompted the second highest amount of talkback caller comment, bettered only by the Social Democrat/Economic Conservative himself. In one radio interview, Barry assured talkback caller Margaret he will be a “credible alternative choice to vote for come the next election”.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

176

2

Barry O’Farrell

162

3

Nathan Rees

145

4

Mike Rann

75

5

John Brumby

69

Following the published photo of the eight gold medals winner “inhaling from a glass pipe” it looks like the only thing faster than Michael Phelps is the speed with which his endorsement career has gone up in smoke.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Michael Phelps

77

714

726

180

1,697

108

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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