A ninth person has been arrested over phone hacking at the News of the World in London.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said Neil Wallis, 60, was taken in for questioning - after an early-morning raid on a house in west London - on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.
Mr Wallis is a former deputy editor and executive editor of the News of the World.
The contagion from the scandal engulfing News International has spread to Australia, being raised while the Prime Minister was answering questions about the scandal and the vitriolic carbon tax debate.
Julia Gillard, addressing the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, had a simple lesson on media ethics.
''Don't write crap … Can't be that hard,'' she said.
''And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.''