Huge volume continues for the new Prime Minister, as she moved from a deal on the mining tax to a Timor Sea (but definitely not Pacific) solution on asylum seekers, seemingly successfully selling the image of being somewhat the same as Kevin Rudd in policy terms yet at the same time an absolute world away.

The former Prime Minister also continuing to get a ton of coverage, the media fascinated with how he’s coping with it all, where he’s going on holiday, what’s happened to Abby and Jasper, etc, etc. Not that we’ve turned politics into showbiz, of course.

Martin Ferguson leaps into the top ten with the resolution on the mining tax, the Prime Minister taking great pains to single out the Treasurer (who according to the Press Gallery was the main spruiker of the old RSPT) and Minister Ferguson as the key negotiators who did all the work. I wonder if our PM is trying to seem extra specially collegiate for some reason?

Bob Brown and Colin Barnett also got a fair jump in the rankings, both unhappy about the MRRT for significantly different reasons … we’ve seen that movie too.

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State politics has pretty much taken a holiday on talkback, as the mining tax and the new PM’s performance dominating once more. It may just be the eye of the storm for Bligh, Brumby and Keneally.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Julia Gillard

1,330

2

Kevin Rudd

599

3

Tony Abbott

305

4

Wayne Swan

229

5

Martin Ferguson

73

Repeat after us Ben … chamomile tea good, pills bad, milo good, pills bad.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

Index

Ben Cousins

39

203

191

13

6,311

111

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