Julia Gillard gets an anniversary-load of coverage this week, with Kevin Rudd and even Malcolm Turnbull scoring plenty of peripheral mentions as journalists trawled through not just the last twelve months but the whole “how did the ALP get here” from the dizzying heights of 24 November 2007. Tony Abbott’s also maintaining his higher profile of the last few weeks, although some of that was owing to internal Liberal Party shenanigans.

The drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the string of enquiries from the ADFA scandal starting to report has pulled Stephen Smith up to fourth, while Steve Fielding continued to draw the most coverage of any of the departing senators, although Nick Minchin gave it the old college politics try by flexing his factional muscles one last (does anyone really believe that?) time to stop Peter Reith becoming Liberal Party president by the now traditional single vote. Tony Abbott’s vote.

Movement on the NBN and plenty of discussion about the deal with Telstra moved Stephen Conroy and Malcolm Turnbull up the list, while Campbell Newman is getting busier and busier, into the list this week mostly due to Wild Rivers legislation, but also on a range of other issues, including a potential Queensland Party opponent in the seat he’s trying to win at the next election.

It was pretty much all about the P.M. and mainly unflattering reviews of her first year in the job.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Julia Gillard

701

2

Kevin Rudd

234

3

Tony Abbott

186

4

Bob Brown

160

5

Wayne Swan

60

For a skinny kid who just dinks it around the court, he ain’t done too bad, has he? Looks like the single prominent player status of Australian men’s tennis is set to continue as Lleyton slowly drifts off the scene.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

Index

Bernard Tomic

372

316

481

88

10,508

315

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