The Prime Minister’s coverage was up significantly across all forms of media, as the G20 looms large and the APEC summit in Beijing gave everyone a chance to revisit the “shirtfront” comment. Unsurprisingly the pictures seemed to indicate a perfectly civil chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with no judo or boxing skills required. While the rhetoric was sharply toned down, there won’t be a Christmas card with an Australian stamp sitting on Mr Putin’s desk on January 7.

Abbott’s coverage also increased thanks to the defence pay rise controversy with PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie having a go at pretty much everyone (including her own parliamentary leader Clive Palmer) over the issue on her way to third in the list, while Palmer seemed pretty keen to keep Lambie inside the tent, if perhaps over in the far corner.

Revelations of further major budget woes pushed Treasurer Joe Hockey up the list, who is now sounding considerably more Keynesian, stating he won’t cut hard to avoid a big deficit if that would damage the economy, while Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce jumped because of Chinese free trade talks and a backhander about former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss, who passed away this week.

Crikey Political Index: November 6-12

A lot more discussion on talkback this week, Jacqui Lambie getting considerable support for her stand on Defence pay, but also criticism of her methods from some.

Talkback Top Five

Volume increase online as well, but far more coverage of international issues, asylum seekers and climate change, with Lambie well down the list of mentions in 14th.

Social Media Top Five

Just to prove the rock and roll bad boy isn’t totally extinct, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was at the centre of a string of extraordinary allegations about his behaviour where he now lives in Tauranga, NZ, including conspiracy to murder charges, which have since been dropped.

Comparison of media mentions

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