Massive differences in the leading issues covered by each medium this week, with Des Moran’s shooting the number one issue on television, while Moran did not make the top five in press coverage, which was dominated by swine flu and emissions trading. Radio covered all the top five issues strongly.
Swine influenza: Swine flu was still getting a large amount of coverage across all forms of media this week as cases continued to rise, both in Victoria which now has one of the highest rates of infection in the world and across all other states in Australia. At the same time the threat level of the epidemic was lowered, with officials conceding that the severity of the strain is similar to that of other influenza strains, but warning there was still a danger of a significant number of deaths amongst those highly susceptible to infection or suffering from other ailments.
Des Moran: The shooting of Melbourne underworld figure Des Moran, the fourth member of his family to be killed was the number one news story on television last week, also being strongly covered on radio, with his sister-in-law Judy Moran charged in relation to the shooting, along with her daughter in law Suzanne Kane and Geoffrey Armour, who has been charged with murder.
Iran: Easily the largest international story of the week has been the continuing protests across Iran against the announced re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, with some claims of bloodshed but also many large demonstrations occurring without police intervention. The Government has attempted to shut down most media forms and has revoked journalist visas but use of social media websites has kept a strong flow of information in and out of the country
Emissions trading: Confusion reigns in Canberra on the main topic of debate, the emissions trading legislation, with claim and counterclaim of tactical games being played, while the Liberal Party, Nick Xenophon and Steve Fielding all called for either further delays or further inquiries, with the Greens wanting fundamental changes and the Nationals against any legislation.
Peter Costello: Australia’s longest serving Treasurer Peter Costello finally signalled he was bowing out of Federal Politics permanently, after keeping his options open on renominating for his seat of Higgins for 18 months. His announcement brought words of praise from the current Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, with Malcolm Turnbull being seen by most commentators as the main beneficiary of the move.
“As I’m lying there at my funeral I would hope to hear somebody say, “Look, he’s still moving!” – Peter Costello quotes Woody Allen
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