By Stephen Mayne

Our list of journalists in parliament proved so popular yesterday
that we’re opening up two new categories. Firstly, we’re adding
journalists who have made it into local government, the best two
examples being:

Sally Ann-Atkinson: a journalist at Rupert’s late unlamented Telegraph in Brisbane before moving on to become Lord Mayor of Brisbane and now chairs childcare behemoth ABC Learning.

Peter Costigan: the former journalist for The Herald in Melbourne rose to become Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1999 until 2001 but then sadly died in 2002.

More controversially, we’re going to list every journalist who has failed in a tilt at office across any of the three tiers of
government. Here are a few names to get things moving:

Elaine Canty: the former ABC broadcaster ran unsuccessfully as Peter McMullin’s deputy in the 2001 Melbourne City Council elections.

Alan Jones: Famously ran for the Liberal Party in the 1978 Earlwood by-election but lost, as Wikipedia notes in its profile of the 2GB shock jock.

Rod Henshaw: the former Breakfast presenter on 612 ABC Brisbane
lost narrowly to Cheryl Kernot when running for the Liberals in Dickson
in 1998.

Greg Hoy: the television journeyman turned Melbourne restaurateur ran on People Power’s ticket for Melbourne City Council in 2001.

Stephen Mayne: the Crikey founder ran for Jeff Kennett’s old seat of Burwood in
1999 and also failed when running for Lord Mayor of Melbourne in 2001.

John Remus: Tasmanian newsreader who has tried and failed to win the seat of Denison in Tasmania for the Liberals on a couple of occasions.

Phillip Satchell: was given a send off from ABC Adelaide at The
Italian Centre in October 2003 where 250
listeners had been encouraged to pay $65 a head for a three course nosh
up celebrating his 43-year career. Surprised many by announced on the
night that he’d be running on Nick Xenophon’s No Pokies ticket in this
year’s SA election. We’re predicting he’ll lose.

John Sevior: the man who now runs Perpetual’s Australian
equities portfolio spent several years as a business journalist for
Fairfax in the 1990s and before that ran unsuccessfully for the old
Richmond City Council in Melbourne but Xenophon may get back.

Chris Uhlman:
Jon Faine’s senior producer on ABC 774
Melbourne will be returning to Canberra this year where in 1998 he was
an unsuccessful candidate for the Paul Osborne Group. Osborne was a
right to life footballer who played for the Canberra Raiders and served
two terms. Uhlman worked as a staffer for Osborne and also presented
the Breakfast program on ABC 666, after earlier working for The Canberra Times.

It will be very interesting to see how long this list finishes up.
Send all additions and corrections to [email protected] but don’t
think we’re saying this is a bad thing.