We've tracked 68 former journalists who've made it into politics over the years and only 28 who've tried and failed. Therefore, the odds are in favour of Maxine McKew and the trend is increasingly moving towards more journalists.

Journalists who made it into Parliament

Tony Abbott: was a journalist with The Bulletin and The Australian before becoming press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr John Hewson, and then entering the parliament and rising to Health Minister in the Howard Government.

Peter Andren:
Federal Independent member for Calare was a local TV presenter on Channel 8 in Orange (now Prime) from 1976 until 1996 and before that a radio news editor from 1968.

Bruce Atkinson: Victorian Liberal in the upper house who continues to work on a retail trade magazine.

Michael Atkinson: the South Australian Labor Attorney General and media junkie was once The Advertiser's industrial reporter but is very coy about this background on his website.

Ian Baker: the former ABC news chief of staff in Victoria was Agriculture Minister in the Kirner Government and gloated about creating the WorkCare monster. Flopped as an independent in the 1999 campaign in his old seat of Sunshine and now on the outer with Labor.

Ezekiel Alexander Baker: a journalist who who later became the Minister for Mines in NSW but was expelled from the NSW Parliament following an enquiry into payments from the Mines Department to some mines in which he had an interest at Bumbaldry, between Grenfell and Cowra.

Michael Baume: a former Investment Editor of The AFR who also started The Bulletin's Speculator column, Baume was a Liberal politician from 1975 to 1996 and is back writing columns for The AFR after a stint in New York as Consul-General.

Tony Benneworth: Former Tasmanian state cricketer and journalist, who rose to become the uninspiring Liberal member for the state seat of Bass. Now a newsagent and turned up at the 2005 Gunns AGM to heap praise on the giant tree-lopping outfit.

Craig Bildstein: The party boy former Liberal MP for Mildura was a regional TV reporter who took his eye off the ball and let Independent Russell Savage win his seat in 1996. After various other political and spinning jobs he's now back in journalism for The Advertiser in Adelaide.

John Bowler : formerly of the ABC and now proprietor of The Golden Mail and ALP Member for Eyre in the WA Parliament.

Brian Burke: Channel Seven journalist to dodgy WA Labor Premier, to jail and now working for the CFMEU and as a controversial Perth lobbyist who still wields a lot of power in the Right faction.

Brian Cahill: former TV news reader in Brisbane who became a National Party MLA and is now a part-time actor.

Eoin Cameron: From radio broadcaster to Federal Liberal backbencher and then back to 6PR and ABC Radio in Perth where he now does Breakfast.

Alan Carpenter: Daily News Perth, Channel Seven, ferocious 7.30 Report presenter and then Labor Minister for Education in WA, just like Mary Delahunty in Victoria. Moved to state development after the 2005 election and then replaced Geoff Gallop as Premier.

Bob Carr: The Bulletin and ABC news and current affairs to NSW Labor Premier who made it into a third term but then retired to join Macquarie Bank on a lucrative consultancy.

Bob Cheek: the former Liberal leader in Tasmania is best remembered for his 2005 book lifting the lid on political perks but before that he was a businessman who had previously spent time as a journalist with The Mercury in Hobart, a profession two of his children have followed him into.

Senator John Cherry: The former Queensland Democrat senator was a hack on Rupert's Townsville Daily Bulletin and is now CEO of the Queensland Farmers' Federation after losing his seat at the 2004 federal election.

Peter Collins: The former Liberal leader in NSW and state Treasurer was a television journalist and researcher for Four Corners .

Ian Cover : from 3AW broadcaster on The Coodabeen Champions to Liberal Upper House MP in Victoria and now back on the ABC.

James Cox : Tasmanian Labor MHA for Bass, previously on 7EX in Launceston.

John Curtin: Was an accomplished journalist before becoming PM, including stints on The Westralian Worker and was president of the Perth division of the Australian Journalists' Association from 1920 until 1925.

Alfred Deakin: journalist on The Age and then the Morning Post in London before rising to become Premier of Victoria and then Prime Minister.

Bob Debus: Energy Minister and Attorney General in the Carr Government who was an ABC broadcaster, Executive Producer of the ABC's Department of Radio Talks and Documentaries in the 1970s.

Mary Delahunty : Labor's Education Minister and later Planning and Arts Minister in Victoria, was a former presenter of The 7.30 Report and Four Corners reporter who won a Walkley.

Charles Gavan Duffy: owner of The Nation (Dublin), The Advocate (Melbourne), Premier of Victoria.

Jeannie Ferris: The Liberal Senator was a New Zealand journalist who crossed the Tasman to work at The Canberra Times . She then became a biting editor of the Yass Tribune , in its more leftish days. She then did PR for the National Farmers Federation and Ian McLachlan MP before landing that cosy Senate sinecure.

Kerry Finch: independent member for Rosevears in the Tasmanian upper house who was dumped as a morning presenter on the ABC in Launceston in 1999 after 15 years.

Bernie Finn: the two term Liberal MP in Victoria was a panel operator at 3AW before being an MP from 1992 until 1999. He briefly worked on air at 3AK on losing office and is now back in Parliament as an upper house MP.

Alan Fitzgerald: elected to the pre-self-government ACT Advisory Council in 1968 and 1970, running as a True Whig. He'd been a columnist published in The Canberra Times, The SMH, The Age, The Bulletin and The Sun-Herald . Was also President of the National Press Club 1969-71 and contested the 1970 by-election for the federal seat of the ACT (Jim Fraser having died in harness) and again the 1972 general election, both times as an Australia Party candidate. Re-emerged in recent years as a staunch monarchist and the publisher of The Australian National Review .

Bill Forwood: the outgoing Liberal member for the Victorian Legislative Council seat of Templestowe Province worked for The Herald doing business and general in the 1970s and also for the sports pages of The Advertiser in Adelaide.

Allan Fraser: ALP member for Eden-Monaro 1943-66 and 1969-72 who worked for The Mercury, The Argus, The Age, The Times, The Sun , was also sacked from The Telgraph , then wrote for The Truth and The Mirror . Has any journalist, let alone a politician, racked up that many different titles in a career. Was also a Labor staffer.

Jim Fraser: ALP member for the ACT 1951-70 and the brother of Allan. Worked on a paper in Glen Innes before entering Parliament and was also a Labor staffer.

Senator Mervyn George Everett: was a journalist before he took up law. Became Tasmanian Attorney General before becoming a Supreme Court and then Federal Court judge.