Costello Nine

What is it about Australia’s media company boards and former conservative pollies? It seems that, in Australia, every board needs to have at least one.

Nine has the Howard government’s former treasurer, Peter Costello, as board chair. Seven West Media has former Victorian Liberal premier Jeff Kennett as a board member. And News Corp has not one, but two -- former New Hampshire Republican senator Kelly Ayotte and former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar.