Overall volumes down to late January levels as the debate about which debt level is the real one and do we dare mention it and what percentage of ETS permits will end up being free and when and if will it actually happen all became far too wonky for most of the media. Meanwhile the PM back to more than twice as much coverage as anyone else, but still below his previous standard of three-to-one.

If anyone had any doubts that swine flu was the preferred broadcast media issue to debt debates and endless infrastructure lists, these figures should erase them, as Nicola Roxon picked up more than twice as much coverage as Wayne Swan across radio and TV, a situation reversed in the print medium.

Anna Bligh and Nathan Rees stay high on the list as they inspect their respective disaster areas. It never rains but it pours — you’d almost think something funny was happening to the climate?

Even talkback seems well and truly over debt and pension age debates.

RankPoliticianTalkback
1Kevin Rudd193
2Wayne Swan68
3Anna Bligh50
4Malcolm Turnbull32
5Nathan Rees22

The unspeakable in pursuit of the ineducable.

PressRadioTVInternetTotalINDEX
Clare Werbeloff4971316621,534124

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

Peter Fray

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