Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday said she would be open to an inquiry into media regulation and ownership after the "disgusting" scandal engulfing News Corporation.

Australia's Greens party has called for a parliamentary review of the nation's media, in which News Corporation's boss Rupert Murdoch is a dominant player, adding to the pressure on his embattled global empire.

"I'm not surprised to see that in the Parliament or amongst parliamentarians a conversation is starting about the need for a review, and I will be happy to sit down with parliamentarians and discuss that review," Gillard said.

"I anticipate that we'll have a discussion amongst parliamentarians about this, about the best review and way of dealing with all of this," she told the reporters.

Gillard said she had been "shocked and disgusted" at the extent to which Murdoch interests in Britain had intruded on the privacy of grieving families.

"I've truly been disgusted to see it (and) I'm not surprised that that's causing in our national conversation consideration about the role of the media in our democracy and the media's role generally," she said.

Greens leader Bob Brown has called for a full inquiry into media practices and ownership as the scandal over telephone hacking and payments to police officers by News Corp's British newspapers reached fever pitch.

"There are calls for a review in the United States; there's been across-the-board support now for a review, and Prime Minister Cameron is now leading that, in the United Kingdom," Brown told reporters.

(Agencies)