Sep 18, 2013

iSentia index: Kevin who? Albo, Shorten in media spotlight now

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten got almost as much press as Tony Abbott this week, as the media is not finished with ALP leadership speculation.

John Chalmers

iSentia group communications manager

Anthony Albanese Bill Shorten

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets sworn in to the top job today the media focus remains on his new cabinet -- in particular the lack of certain pre-existing ministries, such as science and climate change, and of women, with Julie Bishop the sole female, signing on as Foreign Minister. She would have been joined by Sophie Mirabella had the latter won her seat, but Indi has now been officially called for independent Cathy McGowan. Gaining almost as much media coverage between them as Tony Abbott are prospective ALP leaders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese, who will remain high on our list while the ballot is underway. Another leader, the Nationals’ Warren Truss, leaps up 32 spots but still trails his colourful deputy and freshly minted Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Yet the biggest mover this week is Bronwyn Bishop, proposed as Speaker of the House, and who can expect far more coverage henceforth, as can Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, new Senator Arthur Sinodinos, installed as Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Robb, who shifts from Finance to Trade, and Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Also in the mix at state level was NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell following a week of bushfires in that state.

Crikey Political Index: September 12-18

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