Both have negative connotations when used to describe a person.
If you use them in this way you could find yourself the subject of a defamation action; these terms can be interpreted as libellous because they call into question the character of the person they have described.
Avoid the word wherever possible in broadcast journalism.
It makes the news sound old and stale.
Use it in print journalism only when necessary.
For print news do not use personal pronouns, except in quotes.
If you mean Australians, say so.
Commercial radio stations, however, tend to personalise news stories by talking about “we” and “our”.
Is overworked. It can often be eliminated (or replaced with a more precise term).