Australia

Jun 18, 2014

iSentia index: Victorian Parliament stumbles on while Abbott stays in the limelight

The Prime Minister's overseas trip took the attention off the budget, at least for a little while.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Political news over the past week has taken on a strong flavour of 2007, with Iraq and climate change both returning from the wilderness to be dominant issues. Iraq looks to be descending into a Shiite vs Sunni civil war while Prime Minister Tony Abbott tries to downplay US President Barack Obama’s clear focus on climate change in the lead up to the G20.

The focus on international issues and the last days of the PM’s overseas trip gave him the biggest lead of the year, almost four times the coverage of nearest rival Treasurer Joe Hockey. Iraq also pushed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop up to a rare sixth on the list, with Environment Minister Greg Hunt also making a rare appearance in the top ten as he continued to push the line that Obama was in fact following his lead in pushing Direct Action. We must have missed the announcement where the Australian government mandated a 30% overall cut in emissions from coal-fired power stations.

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