Australia

Aug 6, 2014

iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

The hard graft in the Senate continues for the government, with Treasurer Joe Hockey holding one-on-one meetings with a number of crossbenchers in an attempt to get at least some of his budget measures through. The task still looks Herculean, conflicting agendas among the micro parties meaning that a concession on one measure to PUP senators could swing others away from supporting it. Rumblings of a double dissolution continue to roll around the halls of Parliament House, a prospect that undoubtedly PUP and to a lesser extent the Greens would relish. Whether it will be enough to scare other crossbenchers into line remains to be seen.

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