Tanya Plibersek’s husband’s past as a drug addict and 3 years in jail for heroin dealing would have destroyed any chance she had of winning if she had followed through with her planned tilt at the federal Labor Party leadership. His past would have been all over social media for the duration of the time it took the Labor Party to run the ballot between Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek and any other Labor Party challengers.
People are entitled to a second chance but potentially having a Prime Minister whose husband is a convicted heroin dealer is something that the Australian voters wouldn’t stomach. Another issue for voters would have been is if Tanya Plibersek became Prime Minister it would have been embarrassing for the country that her husband couldn’t travel to a lot of countries with her because of his conviction.
When it came to the crunch Tanya Plibersek and her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter would have realised she was never going to win and only cause embarrassment for themselves and the Labor Party.
While many in the Labor Party admit that a major reason they lost the federal election is because Bill Shorten was unpopular some were still pushing for Tanya Plibersek to challenge for the leadership even though they must have known she was going to face the same problems. It is one thing to be popular with voters when you are deputy leader of the opposition in parliament, but it is another ball game when you are leader. A large percentage of voters would not even know who Tanya Plibersek is let alone her husband’s past but that would have changed very fast if she had continued with her nomination to lead the party and even more so if she had of won.
The reason the Labor Party got itself into a position where it went to the election with an unpopular leader is because it failed to understand that it could cost them the election and they were potentially heading down the same path again with Tanya Plibersek.
This is what it says on Wikipedia of Tanya Plibersek’s husband Michael Coutts-Trotter
“Michael Coutts-Trotter is an Australian public servant who is the current Secretary (director-general) of the New South Wales Department of Justice. He was previously the director-general of the Departments of Education and Training and Finance and Services. Coutts-Trotter served almost three years of a nine-year prison sentence after being convicted for the importation and distribution of heroin into Australia in 1986.”
In April 2007, Coutts-Trotter was appointed Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Training. This appointment was criticised by opposition members of parliament, the NSW Teachers Federation and the Public Principals Forum for his lack of experience in teaching and education and his criminal conviction as a heroin trafficker.
The Teachers Federation also questioned his criminal past and time spent in prison for heroin dealing; with the Federation’s president, Maree O’Halloran, saying that a teacher with his criminal conviction for a serious drug offence would be unable to continue teaching and working with children. (Click here to read more)
In April 2019 Mr Coutts-Trotter was appointed Secretary for the NSW Department of Justice and he sent an email to staff as reported below:
Michael Coutts-Trotter’s first unavoidable task as the new head of Australia’s largest prison system was to tell his staff he had once been a heroin addict and drug supplier who spent almost three years in jail.
In an email sent to the 40,000 men and women who make up the New South Wales Department of Justice, Mr Coutts-Trotter dealt with his criminal past head-on.
‘There’s one thing I want to tell you about myself,’ he wrote in an introductory note. ‘You may know it already. But, if not, I want you to hear it from me first.
‘As a teenager I used and supplied drugs. In 1984 I was imprisoned for conspiracy to import heroin.
‘I spent nearly three years in jail and then around 18 months on parole.’ (Click here to read more)
Tanya Plibersek and her husband’s past is now not the stick dynamite going off it would have been if she continued with the leadership nomination.
The Labor Party still haven’t learnt that appointing unpopular politicians to leadership roles cost votes as there are media reports the failed NSW Premier Kristina Keneally will be the new deputy leader for the opposition in the Senate.
In December 2009 Kristina Keneally took over as NSW Premier with the support of numerous corrupt politicians such as Eddie Obeid. In 2011 NSW had an election: “The Keneally Government went on to suffer a 16.5% swing state-wide at the 2011 state election – the biggest swing in Australian political history.” (Click here to read more)
So why would anyone promote such a failed leader at state level to a leadership position at national level? All it will do is cost the Labor Party votes at the next election as her regular appearances with Bill Shorten this election likely cost Labor votes in NSW. I live in NSW and every time I see Kristina Keneally in the media, I remember the corrupt Labor Party government she led as Premier in NSW and I am sure many other NSW voters think the same. It might help explain why the Labor Party never did as well as they thought they would do in NSW at the federal election.
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