Jan 22, 2014

iSentia index: bushfires, boats and bans (oh my)

A big media week for politicians at state and federal levels, with all manner of disasters to mollify.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

He may not want to talk to the media, but the media are talking plenty about him, with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison the first to knock the PM out of number one for 2014. The breach of Indonesian sovereignty brought a speedy and absolute apology, but it seems to be never over for Morrison, with the Nauru legal controversy keeping asylum seekers right in the news. If you were a betting person you might posit that the less the Immigration Minister talks to the media, the more reasons they will find to talk about him. How long they can both keep it up makes for an interesting duel of wills.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews was the other main federal mover after announcing a not entirely unsurprising welfare crackdown, while the rest of the list is once again heavy with state politicians. New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell is under immense pressure to legislate changes following the media storm over alcohol-fuelled street violence in Sydney’s CBD. He came up with a package of measures which some experts said could make a serious difference while others were less impressed. Meanwhile it was bushfires plus the usual parliamentary problems that kept Victorian Premier Denis Napthine high on the list.

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