Feb 27, 2013

Sentia Media Index: Colin Barnett ramps up WA campaign

Western Australian pollies are on the move, with Premier Colin Barnett back in the Top 20 and challenger Mark McGowan hanging on in the last spot.

John Chalmers

iSentia group communications manager

Having failed to chart here last week, Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett returns to our Top 20 just in time to maintain power at next week’s state election, albeit having been outdone in media coverage by state Labor leader Mark McGowan, whose win in last week’s leaders debate and sound campaigning has been quite a feat by the hitherto under-profiled opposition leader.

None of that will likely be enough to counter the ascendant WA government or WA Labor’s association with the federal government. McGowan has asked constituents to concentrate on state issues, imploring its federal counterparts to stay well away.

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