Barnaby Joyce is hardly the first person to profit from a paid interview in Australia. The $150,000 (reportedly to be held in a trust for his six-week-old son Sebastian) isn't the highest we've seen, and his circumstances (a working politician cashing in on his private life) aren't the grubbiest.

Nevertheless, we're marking this story by taking a look back at some of the most memorable Australian cases of chequebook journalism.