Australia

Aug 13, 2014

iSentia index: Federal ministers struggle with words and NSW ICAC claims two more scalps

It was a week of gaffes and general embarrassments for MPs at state and federal level.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s coverage leapt by more than 50% this week, grabbing four times more coverage than anyone in the chasing pack as he attempted to keep the focus on international issues — the disintegration of Iraq and the threat of terrorism at home — while some of his ministers got tangled up in the details and some unrelated foot-in-mouth adventures. The Iraq focus and US joint meetings also pushed Defence Minister David Johnston into the list and seemed to help the government in one poll out this week, hard not to think the PM is comfortable to have some of the focus taken away from the still seemingly dire budget negotiations.

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