Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Don't give him your money

The ABC online reports:

"A group of prominent Australians, including swimming champion Ian Thorpe and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson, has taken out advertisements in a national newspaper calling on the Federal Government to stop moves to acquire control of town camps in Alice Springs.

The Government has urged the Tangentyere Council, which manages 16 of the town camps, to sign a lease in exchange for $100 million in funding for housing and infrastructure.

The council yesterday agreed to sign the lease, just days before the Government's deadline for compulsory acquisition.

Today's advertisement, headlined "Stop the Blackmail - Keep Aboriginal Housing in Aboriginal Hands", is published in the The Australian newspaper.

"We, concerned citizens, call on the federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, to immediately end moves to compulsorily acquire the Alice Springs town camps, represented by Tangentyere Council," it states.

"Tangentyere Council is a democratic organisation that has been the only service provider to the town camps since their inception."

It concludes:

"We stand behind Tangentyere Council's refusal to capitulate in the face of racial discrimination.

"All Australians will be diminished if the compulsory acquisition proceeds."

Other names and organisations listed on the advertisement include lawyer George Newhouse and the CFMEU...."

We've explained many times before, why engaging and advertising with News Ltd. is problematic.

We support this campaign to keep aboriginal housing in aboriginal hands. However, it is extremely disappointing that these activists (especially given their dollars, political clout and popularity in the Australian community) have chosen a Rupert Murdoch publication to place their advertisement.

You could focus on any other medium (such as billboards, independent publications - even APN or Fairfax press - at least they are Australian owned) and reach more Australians.

News Ltd. is a company that has done inestimable wilful damage to democracy, journalism, reconciliation and the environment in Australia and throughout the world.

If you absolutely insisted that you need to run your advertisement in the Murdoch press, they should pay you for lending them credibility they do not deserve.

PS The corporate media is not your friend. Their job is to acquire as many eyeballs as possible and deliver propaganda. So if you are outraged by the Sandilands business, write a letter to ACMA or your political representative. Commenting on corporate media blogs is futile.

And on this topic, when is the PM going to express his outrage about this pathetic publicity stunt?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Health is a human right

Citizens of Australia,

Before you read anything in the corporate media, the ABC or believe anything your politicians tell you about health, please make the effort to see this movie:

"The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove.

Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and—in some cases—ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well.

After detailing just how the system got into such a mess (the short answer: profits and Nixon), we are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits. Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes – rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses who have been denied medical attention in the US. He takes them to a most unexpected place, and in addition to finally receiving care, they also engage in some unexpected diplomacy. "

Health, education, childcare, post, emergency services, public transport and jails will never be delivered for your benefit by private corporations. Some things can only be done properly by your government. You already pay taxes for this.

See "SiCKO" before listening to 'free market' spiel about health.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

PM questions Murdoch's role in Australia's democracy

Finally, apart from Jonathan Holmes, someone else points the finger at Murdoch:

Alex Mitchell reports on the "Real Utegate Scandal" in 'New Matilda':

"... Over four extraordinary days in late June, Rupert Murdoch's flagship, The Australian, and his capital city dailies in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide waged war on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan — armed only with a forged email..."
In his article, Mitchell says it is the first time in living memory an Australian PM has criticised the Murdoch press, and links to the transcript of a press conference held on 2 July:

"...It may simply be that what people want is just some basic answers as to how that might have happened, that’s a pretty basic thing.

The other thing I saw the Chief Executive of your own news organisation do yesterday was, in responding to this, indicate that somehow the Deputy Prime Minister was raising these matters because she’d felt set upon by your newspaper over the coverage of the Building the Education Revolution stuff. Well, all’s fair in love and war, I mean, you guys will take whatever editorial position you want on the Building the Education Revolution and that’s been the case.

I noticed when the Deputy Prime Minister in Parliament a week or so ago raised systematically questions of the accuracy of your newspaper’s reporting on various of the case studies it sought to advance in the implementation of the school modernisation program on the ground and said that they were wrong, that the response from your branch of News Ltd was to the, shall I say, up the ante for several days following that and engage in what I can only describe as a good old exercise in journalistic retaliation.

So when I saw yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister’s motives being brought into account on this and saying that she might be retaliating against News Ltd because of the coverage that week, it may simply be that her interest, like a whole bunch of people out in the public, would be, how is it that the Murdoch press got something so fundamentally wrong and what were the journalistic standards which applied? These are just basic questions which we – I haven’t heard anything from the three editors in question, I haven’t seen any statement from them, but I did see that the Chief Executive of News Ltd organisation said yesterday that it was all fine and dandy.

I think on these sort of things, and given your question is about transparency, I think it’s good that we have a general discussion about these things. I think it’s important because of the role of your particular newspapers in the overall fabric of the Australian democracy, and I’d hate to see a stage where we got to in national political life whereby we as political leaders couldn’t say that X, Y and Z has been wrongly reported and ask why, and then for the standard response to be ‘you can’t answer that because – you can’t ask that question because you’ve got a glass jaw’.

Or on top of that, to fear that in asking that, you’re going to invite retaliation from the newspapers in question. Now I don’t think that’d be very healthy in anyone’s democracy, least of all ours.

Thanks folks..."

Support independent media and boycott Murdoch!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Who is to blame for SEQ's transport woes?

Comment posted on 'How to restore democracy in Queensland' at 'Online Opinion':

"The Courier Mail editorial "Heavier price of progress for some" of Wednesday 15 July 09 provides further illustration of how that that newspaper remains a key
barrier to the proper functioning of democracy in Queensland.

Essentially, although it acknowledges some of the harm caused by the construction frenzy in South East Queensland (SEQ) it nevertheless excuses it as a necessary price for 'progress'.

The Courier Mail is very good at blaming the problems on others (and often rightly so), but will never acknowledge to its readers its own role in bringing Queensland, particularly SEQ, to the deplorable state that it is in today.

As an example it tries to imply that the construction chaos is in response to loud impatient demands of Brisbane residents, themselves, for a solution to Brisbane's traffic problems:

"There is another side to this. In recent years Brisbane residents have become increasingly strident when it comes to complaining about rapidly deteriorating road conditions, and demanding something be done to tackle gridlock. ..."

In fact, the Courier Mail, itself, was more strident than most in demanding that money be splurged on ever more road construction (despite alarm felt by many that the global petroleum production could soon begin to decline inexorably). Some time during the 2007 election campaign, the Courier Mail managed to corner Kevin Rudd into promising to fully fund the upgrade to the Ipswich motorway.

Then in 2008, when the Rudd Government tried to back away from that commitment, the CM denounced it savagely on front page articles until it gave in. (I have the articles buried away somewhere. I will make references to them available on when I find them.)

It is almost certainly largely because of the Courier Mail's own knee-jerk and strident pushing of such hobby horses, that South East Queensland's transport is in the terrible state that it is in as noted in the Auditor General's report at"

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Environmental solutions to monomedia pollution

The monomedia crap that pollute's our society and city streets is the perfect size for beneath the cat litter tray or bottom of the bird cage.

However, here's an even better use:

DIY Newspaper Cat Litter

1. Shred newspaper in a paper shredder and collect it in an unused litter box.

2. Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts gentle, biodegradable dish soap. The shredded paper takes on a cooked oatmeal consistency. The paper won’t come completely clean, but the water will turn grey.

3. Drain the water (an old colander works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.

4. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the wet paper. Knead it in to the mixture (you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting ink on your hands).

5. Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it’s as dry as you can get it.

6. Crumble over a screen and leave to dry for a few days.

7. Once it’s dry, put about an inch and a half to two inches of the paper crumbles in the litter box. Scoop solids daily and change it once a week. It takes about a half an hour to 45 minutes to make a 2-3 week supply of litter.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gee. Some journalists get paid well!

An important National Press Club event for Australia's finest "down and dirty speaking truth to power" journalists:

Lobsters, Wine and music!

JOIN US for Thursday night fun with Judi Pearce and the Arrangement playing live from 7pm .

Happy Hour 5 - 6.30pm and our cocktail of the month $8 Caprioskas!

Wine tasting by Snowein from 7pm!

Still a few fresh live lobsters available - grilled or Calvados 700g each $57. Be quick!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Is junk media making you sick?

This video is from 2007 and is also from the United States, but should scare the crap out of anyone who cares about journalism:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The ones that got away

Engaging with the corporate media in order to obtain publicity for an issue is problematic. They won't treat your input objectively and if you aren't an establishment luvvie, will undoubtedly ridicule you and your issue. Worse, they may co-opt your campaign and deliberately undermine you.

We have previously mentioned that writing letters to Editors of News Ltd. publications or participating in their online forums and discussions is futile.

Nevertheless, we are sure that before you saw the light, some of you may have written one or two letters the editor that never got published.

If you've retained copies of these letters, and are interested in sharing your story, either put them on-line immediately or send them to us - and we will.

If we get enough - we might even put together a book.

Of particular interest are letters you may have written to the corporate press on the encouragement of community leaders and activists.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Your Dreamworld Just About To End?

"So shut that buckle and turn that key again
Take me to a place they say the dreaming never ends
Open wide drive that mystery road
Walk through eden's garden and then wonder as you go
Sign says honymoon to rent
Cloudland into dreamland turns
The sun comes up and we all learn
Those wheels must turn"

'Dreamworld', Midnight Oil [1987]

Nick Davies wrote an excellent book about the hopeless state of journalism ('Flat Earth News'). One of the jaw dropping chapters deals with Murdoch hacks breaking the law and getting others to break the law, not for great journalism or to speak truth to power but, for sensationalist gossip, borderline blackmail and base political purposes.

His article for 'The Guardian' about Murdoch's people illegally hacking into private phones, lying about it in court documents, getting caught out in those lies and then secretly settling those claims for millions of dollars, is REAL journalism and a 'must read' piece.

Tomorrow a House of Commons committee might question some of Rupert's executives. How quaintly naive! Asking them questions? Expecting truthful answers? Care to buy the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

Take matters into your own hands, BOYCOTT THE MURDOCH EMPIRE AND SEND THEM BROKE!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Perhaps Harto should read this!

"So what do blogs have to do with journalism? Well, a whole lot. Remember from previous chapters when we talked about storytelling, where in the early days people told stories about subjects, people and events. This way of life began the very communal and tribal form of journalism.

In the twenty-first century, the offspring of storytelling remains journalism. The word's very root, "journal," indicates information that is gathered and collected. How it's shared is the difference in journalism as we know it today.

And what could be better than free sharing on a multimedia venue with the capability of reaching endless numbers of people? So the sharing of thoughts and information in blog form can certainly be considered journalism. Well, a five-minute video clip of your sister and her best friend dancing to a pop song is not--but under the employ of news websites, a strange thing has happened. Bloggers are tipping off media to stories. Is that really so strange?

Without the telephone, there might not have been a "Deep Throat." Much like the telephone, blogs have been freeways of communication to reporters of every medium. And they're not slowing down anytime soon."
So, 'Idiots Guide to Journalism' (Penguin 2007, Christopher K. Passante) gets it, but Murdoch's empire refuses to accept reality and instead screams weakly at the black hole hurtling toward them. Good. Couldn't be happening to a more deserving bunch.

If anyone asks you whether News Ltd. should be hidden behind a subscriber only paywall, tell them "Yes! It certainly should."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Get Rupert to pay for your opinion for a change!

"So then I dropped it in the mailbox
And sent it special D.
Bright in early next morning
It came right back to me."

'Return to Sender' written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell and made very famous by Elvis Presley [1962]

Listen you idiots, if I wanted your stupid pay TV I would ask for it!

Let them know you are NOT interested in watching FOX or any other Murdoch rubbish, and you are certainly not going to pay for it. Just write "Return To Sender" and drop it in a mail box. Rupert can pay to get YOUR opinion for a change!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sleeping with the Enemy

Four years ago, 'Crikey!' compiled a list of Australia's journalistic couples.

Here is a selection from their list:
Col Allan, New York Post editor-in-chief and former Daily Telegraph editor-in chief, and Sharon Bowditch, former Daily Telegraph TV critic.

Ken Anderson, freelancer, and Jacqui Lee Lewes, Daily Telegraph TV writer.

Dennis Atkins, The Courier-Mail, and Melanie Christenson, ABC Canberra.

Michael Bodey, Daily Telegraph showbiz editor, and Michaela Boland, Australian correspondent for Variety, also regular AFR contributor.

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun columnist, and Sally Morrell, former Herald Sun chief-of-staff.

Gareth Boreham, Channel Ten Melbourne, and Julia Baulderstone, ex Weekly Times.

Bruce Brammall, Herald Sun finance deputy editor, and Genevieve Brammall, Herald Sun major events editor.

Michael Brissenden, 7.30 Report’s political reporter, and Tracey Sutherland, The Australian.

Shane Burke, Herald Sun news editor, and Prani West, former ABC radio producer.

Andrew Butcher, News Corp hack turned flak in New York and Sara James, reporter/presenter on The Today Show on NBC.

Mathew Charles, Herald Sun finance reporter, and Alison Crosweller, The Australian reporter.

Rohan Connolly, The Age, 3AW and Rita Panahi, MX, SEN

Andrew Conway, freelance and sometime SMH travel correspondent and Sue Bennett, editor Food & Wine at The Daily Telegraph.

Scott Coomber, The Australian, and Justine Ferrari, reporter Sunday Telegraph.

Andrew Cornell, AFR, and Sally Fisher, ex Oz, Hun and BRW.

Nick Creech, Fin Review, and Deborah Jones, Executive Editor at The Australian.

David Dale, SMH culture expert, and former Daily Tele and Bulletin journo Susan Williams (NOT the Sue Williams writing for the Sun-Herald).

Mark Day, former Daily Mirror Sydney editor and now at The Australian and Wendy Day, mega publicist for Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

Andrew Dodd, The Australian, and Heather Jervis who is with Radio Australia.

Robert Drewe, writer and former journalist on a range of papers, and Candida Baker, former editor The Australian’s Weekend Magazine.

Roy Eccleston, and Carolyn Collins, The Australian.

Gus Edison, sub at the Fin Review, and Joan Edison, sub at The Daily Telegraph.

Neil Eliot, photographer for The Daily Telegraph, and Natalie O’Brien, The Australian’s Investigations editor in Sydney.

David Fagan, Courier-Mail editor, and Madonna King, former deputy editor The Daily Telegraph.

Damon Frith, ex Australian and now freelance in Perth, and Karen Peebles, ex AAP, Bloomberg and

Matthew Fynes-Clinton, editor of Today section of The Courier-Mail and Jane Fynes-Clinton, Courier-Mail columnist/feature writer.

Phil Gardner, editor Sunday Mail, and Tracey Linguey, former News Ltd Sunday Magazine editor.

Adam Gardini, Rugby League reporter at the Townsville Bulletin and Kate Jacka, sports journalist at Townsville Bulletin.

Mark Gardy, publisher, in-paper magazines, and Amanda Ruben, ex-Herald Sun reporter turned PR.

Michael Gleeson, sports writer Herald Sun, and Michelle Edmonds, former Herald
Sun reporter now CPR Communications & Public Relations.

Richard Gluyas, veteran business writer on The Australia, and Amanda Gome, BRW.

Tony Grant-Taylor, Courier-Mail’s senior business writer, and Tracey Lowis, ex Radio.

Ian Grayson, computer editor of The Australian, and Tracey Grayson, deputy biz ed The Australian.

Bruce Guthrie, editor of The Australian Magazine, and Jan Applegren, Text Media.

John Hartigan, News Ltd CEO, and Gerri Sutton, former Daily Telegraph TV reporter.

Adam Harvey, The Sunday Telegraph and Amanda Phelan, The Sunday Telegraph.

Adam Hawse, The Sunday Telegraph and Katrina Creer, The Sunday Telegraph.

Scott Henry, and Michelle Gunn, The Australian.

Alan Hill, letters editor of The Daily Telegraph, and Sharon Hill, editorial staff manager for Nationwide News.

Steve Howard, ousted Daily Telegraph editor, and Maryanne Bilkey, Who Weekly.

Alan Howe, editor Sunday Herald Sun, and Carmel Egan, Melbourne editor of The Australian.

Melissa Hoyer, Sunday Telegraph and Rob Humphris, freelance cameraman.

Dave Hughes, Nova FM presenter, and Holly Ife, Herald Sun reporter.

John Hurst, Fin Review deputy editor, and Sue Angell, former Fin Review property editor.

Rob Humphris, Foxtel host and freelance cameraman, and Melissa Hoyer, columnist Daily/Sunday Telegraph.

Greg Hywood, former editor in chief of The Age, and Kate Legge, former feature writer The Australian.

James Jeffrey, The Australian and Annabel McGilvray, freelance writer.

Craig Johnstone, Courier-Mail editorial writer, and Shelley Lloyd, news reader, ABC Radio Brisbane.

Damon Johnston, Herald Sun chief of staff and Kim Wilson, former Herald Sun reporter and fashion journalist in New York.

Richard Laidlaw, former Courier-Mail editorialist now senior political adviser and chief of staff to Queensland Opposition Leader Mike Horan, and Lea Crombie, corporate communications manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation.

Nick Leys, Strewth at The Australian, and Louise Milligan, ex-Oz, now Channel 7’s state parliament reporter.

Nick Leys, from SMH to Media Watch and Louise Milligan from The Australian.

Graham Lloyd, features editor The Courier-Mail, and Vanessa Hunter, features artist, The Courier-Mail.

Bruce Magilton, Herald Sun photographer, and Maree Curtis, ex Sunday Herald Sun Sunday magazine writer

Sid Maher, former chief-of-staff Courier-Mail, and Lisa Millar, ABC TV’s news correspondent in Washington.

Mel Mansell, editor, Adelaide Advertiser, and Christine McCabe freelance travel writer.

Roger Martin, The Australian in Perth, and Nadia Mitsopoulos, State Political Reporter - Channel Nine Perth.

Walter Mason, snr backbench sub for The Oz, and Fiona McGill, sub-editor for Spectrum, SMH.

Clive Mathieson, Oz business editor, and Miranda Murphy, ex Adelaide Advertiser now Oz sub.

James McCullough, business columnist on The Courier-Mail, and Wendy Yewdale, former 2GB producer.

Sandy McCutcheon, ABC Radio National, and Suzanna Clarke, The Courier-Mail photographer.

Michael McGuire, Adelaide reporter for The Australian, and Rachel Rodda, ex Telegraph reporter now in SA government media department.

Phil McLean, Sun Herald editor, and Jacqui Lunn, reporter The Australian.

Alister McMillan, formerly of The Tele, now books editor for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, and Madeleine Coorey, former Oz reporter now in
Kabul for Agence France-Presse.

Ian McPhedran, News Ltd Canberra, and Verona Burgess, Canberra Times.

Nick Miller, at The West Australian’s Melbourne Bureau, and Megan Ellul, MX reporter.

Chris Mitchell, editor in chief of The Australian, and Christine Jackman, journalist with The Australian.

Phil Mitchell, chief sub Rugby League week, and Amy Lawson, reporter Sun-Herald.

Brad Norington, The Australian and Jennifer Cooke from the SMH.

PeterO’Brien, editorial training manager for Nationwide News, The
Australian, and Irene O’Brien, former Illawarra Mercury then ASIC PR,
ABC PR and now Macquarie Bank PR.

Michael O’Meara, ex Financial Review now Beattie press sec, and Lindy Rowett, ex The Courier-Mail now Queensland transport corporate communications.

Ian Orchard, Adelaide Advertiser features sub-editor, and Shelley Orchard, Advertiser news sub editor.

Mike Osborne, AAP snr editor, and Louise Evans, former AAP, SMH and most recently sports editor for The Australian.

Nick Papps, Herald Sun reporter, and Karen Dodd, Sunday Herald Sun photographer.

Stuart Parker, AAP news editor and Fiona Gillies, Sunday Telegraph sub-editor.

Tony Patrick, former Dow Jones bureau chief in Sydney, and Sk Withcher, Wall Street Journal - Sydney.

Matt Peacock, former ABC correspondent in London now 7.30 Report in Sydney, and Jo Upham, ex ABC Radio National.

Tim Pegler and Kristen Owen, ex Herald Sun.

Matthew Phelan, ex-Herald Sun hack turned Bracks spin doctor, and Lisa Coulson, journalist with Time.

Liam Phelan, freelance journalist, and Dani Cooper, for mer foreign news editor at The Australian.

Jon Pierik, Herald Sun and Rebecca Williams, Herald Sun.

Jonathan Porter, The Australian’s investigations team, and Kate Minogue, Telegraph reporter.

David Potts, business editor Sun Herald, and Kim Nicoll, Careers editor SMH.

Glen Quartermain, Herald Sun sport, and Lisa Pendrill, Herald Sun features.

Sinclair Robieson, former foreign editor The Australian, then Reuters, London correspondent News Ltd and Financial Times; and Barbara Dalzell,
formerly NZPA, The Guardian and FT.

Russell Robinson, Herald-Sun, and Sybil Nolan, formerly RMIT Journalism School and now with Melbourne University Press.

Stephen Romei, The Australian, and Sally Jackson, occasional pieces for The Oz’s Media section.

Michael Rowland, ABC finance reporter, and Nicola Webber, Herald Sun reporter

Phil Ruthven, economics commentator, and Deborah Light, ex-AFR editor now with The Bulletin.

Des Ryan, editor of The Advocate (NW Tasmanian paper), and Megan Lloyd, editor-in-chief of Messenger Newspapers in Adelaide.

Mike Safe, Australian Magazine writer, and Jenny Gilbert.

David Saunders, ex Herald Sun, now Bloomberg in Hong Kong, and Liz Rudall, ex AAP, Dow Jones Newswires, now PR at CSFB.

Peter Sekuless, ex Time magazine, and Jacqui Rees ex The Bulletin and Far Eastern Economic Review.

Dennis Shanahan, Australian political correspondent, and Angela Shanahan, Age columnist.

Ian Shedden and Chris, The Australian.

Paul Sheridan, former Daily Telegraph and Fairfax reporter now Greens MP IanCohen’s adviser, and Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP Lee Rhiannon’s adviser.

Mark Smith, Herald Sun photographer and Michelle Pountney, Herald Sun science and technology reporter.

Stephen Spencer and Sue Dunleavy, Canberra political journalists.

Chris Stedman, managing editor - Australian sport, and Cecily Ryan, snr sub-editor - Daily Tele.

Matthew Stevens, The Australian’s national chief of staff, and Ebru Yaman, Oz’s Higher Education editor.

Rohan Sullivan, AP Kuala Lumpur, and Verity Chambers, Sun-Herald Pic Ed

Paul Syvret, Bulletin Brisbane correspondent, and Anne Delaney, ABC political reporter turned Beattie spinner.

Cameron Tandy, Herald Sun photographer, and Nikki Protyniak, Herald Sun reporter.

Steele Tallon, COS of the Sunday Mail in Brisbane, and Elissa Lawrence, news reporter - Brisbane Sunday Mail.

Hedley Thomas, features writer - The Courier-Mail, and Ruth Mathewson,
freelance/former chief reporter - South China Morning Post.

James Tremain, Blacktown Advocate Editor, and Lynne Dwyer, SMH sub-editor.

Nathan Vass, former Chief Writer Sunday Telegraph, now a NSW State Government department, and Sarah Blake, Sunday Telegraph.

Vitek, men’s columnist, The Sunday Telegraph and Deborah Thomas, editor Womens Weekly.

Rohan Wenn, Today Tonight reporter, and Susie O’Brien, Herald Sun reporter

Mark Westfield, former Oz business columnist, and Anne-Marie Nicholson, ABC TV arts reporter.

Andrew White, deputy business editor The Australian, and Evie Gelastopoulos, features editor The Daily Telegraph.

Mark Whittaker, The Australian, and Amy Willesee, ex Telegraph and Who Weekly.

Marshall Wilson, The Courier-Mail news reporter, and Elizabeth Wilson, Courier-Mail sub-editor.

Peter Wilson, London correspondent for The Australian, and Pilita Clark, former editor of Eric Beecher’s The Eye.

Chris Wright, AFR Smart Money editor, and Kathryn Hanes, ex Daily Telegraph/South China Morning Post.

Stephen Wyatt, contributor Fin Review, and Colleen Ryan, editor Fin Review.

MichaelYiannakis, ex Fin Review now News Editor at the Asian Wall Street Journal,
and Andreea Papuc, ex Australian now works for Bloomberg in Hong Kong.

Even though it is a few years old, isn't up to date, doesn't cover the current picture and is only partly a symptom of the problem rather than the cause, it is very interesting to know how inbred these organisations are.
Please feel free to correct if you have become human and are now no longer married to one of these people.