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Nov 29, 2012

Sentia Media index: slush fund sucks up political oxygen

The AWU scandal has sucked the political oxygen out of the media, with all the key players dominating headlines and social media chatter, writes Sentia Media's John Chalmers.

While the last week of Parliament sitting is never without drama, we appear to be being spared the political knifings of recent years, with most of the oxygen going on the Australian Workers Union slush fund story and asylum seeker policy.

The Coalition, led by Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop (as Tony Abbott outsourced the headkicking in what must have been a bitter blow), focused much of the media’s attention on Julia Gillard over the AWU slush fund, now branded as both scandal and smear campaign depending on who you listen to. Gillard’s coverage is among the highest this year in any weekly period (the stoush may best be represented here).

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