iSentia Index

Feb 26, 2014

iSentia index: Manus Island dominates discussion

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison came close to being the most talked-about politician this week, following events on Manus Island.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s coverage fell significantly for the first time this year, but that was mainly owing to several of his cabinet colleagues sharing plenty of the limelight this week. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were pointing out Health Minister Peter Dutton as possibly the most invisible senior minister in the Abbott government, and now here he is at number five with a bullet as Medicare, its future viability and the possibility of a co-payment being introduced became the biggest federal topic of the week.

Treasurer Joe Hockey may have been trying to help out his mate from the Shire (Immigration Minister Scott Morrison) by announcing the country was on the road to penury (a Banana Republic perhaps?) last Friday, but it didn’t save Morrison from a ton of media heat when he was forced to announce that initial reports he had provided from Manus Island about the details of where an asylum seeker died and the location of the riots themselves weren’t particularly accurate.

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