Several Liberal pollies had a leap in prominence this week as the Opposition played a game of Hockey Pokey: you put your left member in, you put your left member out, your right member in, then you shake it all about.

Due to the reshuffle, Julie Bishop jumped from 19th on the index to fifth, while the number-one shadow treasurer choice, absolute best man for the job, Joe Hockey, also had a jump to land in the top ten. Despite the denials, rumours persist that Costello was courted for the job, allegedly knocking it back, saying he was only interested “in one job”. So while Jennifer Hawkins remains the Face of Myer, Costello will stay on the backbench.

Not since Alexander Downer donned fishnets has a crow-eating pollie gained so much media attention. Xenophon became the Darling of the Murray for gaining a wish-list of provisions to sign off on Rudd’s stimulus package.

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

25,369

1,000

2

6

Independent

Nick Xenophon

211

999

499

130

10,120

460

3

0

Premier

John Brumby

355

508

657

265

9,877

446

4

-2

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

279

566

488

369

10,886

426

5

14

Shadow

Julie Bishop

106

488

358

60

5,362

253

6

-2

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

205

273

196

295

6,817

242

7

4

Shadow

Joe Hockey

83

368

285

56

4,257

198

8

2

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

123

264

186

88

3,742

165

9

-3

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

115

63

249

196

4,263

156

10

-3

Party leader

Bob Brown

60

128

170

98

2,900

114

11

-6

Premier

Nathan Rees

73

123

28

216

3,954

110

12

*

Backbench

Brendan Nelson

47

169

195

17

2,110

107

13

-4

Premier

Anna Bligh

138

102

91

80

2,289

103

14

*

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

48

200

113

34

2,196

99

15

-2

Backbench

Peter Costello

58

105

111

45

1,785

80

16

-4

Backbench

John Della Bosca

58

48

24

119

2,123

62

17

-2

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

45

77

45

78

1,792

61

18

-1

Premier

Mike Rann

43

64

48

40

1,197

49

19

*

Premier

Colin Barnett

42

48

6

49

1,050

36

20

0

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

43

31

0

68

1,194

35

Like Senators Meg Lees and Brian Harradine before him, Nick Xenophon’s cross-bench shuffle has polarised talkback callers. While there is a lot of home-town support (5AA Adelaide seems close to canonising the Senator) there were a lot of disgruntled callers who were not happy someone was getting between them and a new plasma.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

354

2

Nick Xenophon

304

3

Malcolm Turnbull

154

4

John Brumby

89

5

Wayne Swan

27

It turns out father of the year Alfie Patten may not be the wunderkind co-creator of little Maisie after all. Social workers have agreed to pay for Alfie to undergo a DNA paternity test to prove he is the father after Chantelle’s mother Penny Steadman said her daughter had slept with other boys. Currently up to six other boys claim they could be Maisie’s father.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

13 year-old father

33

48

124

61

1,683

67

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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