iSentia Index

Oct 10, 2012

Sentia Media index: Gillard, Abbott war captivates press, talkback

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were at war in Parliament yesterday, and led media mentions for the week after a fiery few days in parliament, writes Sentia Media's John Chalmers.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were neck-and-neck in this week’s media coverage. And at each other’s throats yesterday as personal denigration ruled the day, with the PM angrily accusing her foe of being misogynist in a lowest common denominator slanging match reflective of the widespread vitriol in recent public debate.

Indeed, Abbott’s perception problem continues despite his wife’s recent support — a small lift in the polls still left him level with the lowest popularity levels for an opposition leader in 40 years, a point not lost on independent MP Tony Windsor who was quick to preference Malcolm Turnbull.

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