Malcolm Turnbull’s Word Cloud

by Stubborn Mule on 20 August 2009 · 4 comments

My last post looked at the favourite words of Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd. In the interests of balance, I will now turn the word cloud lens onto the opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull’s speeches are conveniently assembled online and the graphic below illustrates the frequency of his words from speeches made in 2009. Unlike the analysis of Rudd’s speeches, this analysis does include some speeches given in parliament.

Turnbull Word Cloud

Just like Rudd, Turnbull’s favourite word is “Government”, and “Australia” is not far behind. But from there, differences appear. The word “billion” is far more prominent, reflecting the opposition leader’s obsession with growing public debt. The appearance of “Rudd”, “Labor” and “Coalition” clearly reflect the realities of life in opposition where so much time is taken attacking the other side.

Interestingly, the word “emissions” is clearly visible in the cloud, whereas nothing relating to climate change was visible in Rudd’s cloud.

“Now” is as prominent as Rudd’s “also”. Does this reflect a constant sense of urgency from a man of little patience?

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1 Lettuce All Rejoice August 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Thanks, this is interesting. I suppose doing clouds just on their verbs would be a bit difficult?

2 geojojo August 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm

just looking at the cloud – were you at that local gov conference yesterday?

3 stubbornmule August 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I wasn’t at the conference…lucky coincidence I suppose.

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