One by-election, two sides claiming success: who to believe? Both sides are spinning like mad, but it comes down to what each is measuring. For the Prime Minister, a bad Bennelong by-election would have been the first step towards personal political oblivion. Losing Bennelong would have triggered enormous unrest inside the Coalition ranks, heralded parliamentary chaos and a probable early election. Old enmities would have been inflamed. Malcolm Turnbull would have been a dead PM walking.
Some months back, Malcolm Turnbull struck back at his doubters. "Just because you don't know the plan, doesn't mean there isn't one," he told a gathering in Canberra defiantly. Well, for much of this year, that plan's been very hard to see for the dust stirred up by political barn fights, messy process and internal disquiet. But throughout, the Prime Minister's two biggest priorities have been to settle on an energy policy and resolve the same-sex marriage question once and for all.
D-Day approaches for Malcolm Turnbull. And it is Thursday, December 7. The atmospherics of that day will be an electric confluence of conflicting vibes. It is the Government's (unspoken) desire for that day to be the last time MPs gather for the year. Despite what the Prime Minister and his ministers say, they have got no intention of allowing Parliament to drift into the following week.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".