Australia

Mar 26, 2014

iSentia index: Abbott and Sinodinos keep the cycle spinning

It was a week of leaders sticking by their men in the wake of controversy, across state and federal politics.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

The PM scored his highest weekly volume for the year following a big week in parliament. Assistant Treasurer Senator Arthur Sinodinos was unsurprisingly in second place as the controversy over his involvement in Australian Water Holdings continued to rage, the opposition spending most of its time trying to involve Tony Abbott in the controversy, as oppositions are inevitably wont to do. The continuing drama over the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, along with debate about the China Free Trade Agreement pushed the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss up to the unfamiliar heights of third. The electoral drama in South Australia is over, with the Labor Party to continue in government with the help of rural independent Geoff Brock, despite only receiving 47% of the two-party preferred vote, which was about the same as Kevin Rudd got in the last federal election. Just as, in hindsight, John Howard may have wished he hadn't had a senate majority in his last term, Tony Abbott may be quietly happy that the pressure is now lessened on getting major reforms through COAG quickly. Premier Jay Weatherill may become a very handy excuse. Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is the other smoky in the list after he was attacked by resigning Queensland Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff for revealing details of a conversation he had with Court of Appeals President Margaret McMurdo after she criticised the lack of female judiciary appointments. So far Premier Campbell Newman is standing by his man.

Crikey Political Index: March 20-26

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