The devastating bushfires surrounding Sydney dominated all news coverage this week, with the high positions of Barry O'Farrell, NSW Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher, and much of Tony Abbott’s coverage relating to the week-long crisis. Greg Hunt kicked off a minor controversy about whether it was inappropriate to discuss the affects of climate change during a climate-related natural disaster such as this, with most of the commentariat deciding no, no it’s not.

There were one or two political issues still kicking around however, with the ACT passing legislation legalising gay marriage, the Federal government immediately confirming they would block it and Katy Gallagher leaping into the list for one of her few forays in the top 20. Meanwhile every Federal, State and Territorial Liberal politician was immediately on message that it wasn't about gay marriage, it was about the limits of territorial power. Convenient.