iSentia Index

Jun 25, 2014

iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically -- the first one since the budget was delivered.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

The growing crisis in Iraq and the lengthy prison sentence given to Australian journalist Peter Greste in Egypt pushed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop well up the list, with domestic political coverage continuing a slow trend downwards since the massive volumes of the budget six weeks ago. The revelation that up to 150 Australian citizens might be fighting in Iraq also helped push Immigration Minister Scott Morrison back into the top five as the possibility of revoking citizenship was debated across the media.

Yet another foreign affairs issue pushed Attorney-General George Brandis up the list, as he was widely criticised for comments about the terminology used to describe East Jerusalem, with talk of possible boycotts on Australian products, while Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull returned from Coventry to give a pessimistic review of Australia Post’s future profitability.

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