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Whiff of disrepute just got a whole lot worse for Keneally

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Sean Nicholls

It is all unravelling for Kristina Keneally and the NSW Labor government.

Another scandal, this time ending in the loss of a key minister, has removed any gloss she might have brought to the leadership after Nathan Rees was ousted.

While David Campbell says he will remain in Parliament, his statement issued last night should not be read as a promise to contest the next election.

The last thing Labor wants is another byelection, so he is unlikely to quit before March.

Campbell's seat of Keira is held by a hefty 22 per cent. But questions are already being asked about his suitability as a candidate.

Labor already had a whiff about it in Wollongong following the corruption scandal that engulfed Wollongong Council two years ago.

Add that to the expected loss of Penrith, following the resignation of the disgraced former MP Karyn Paluzzano, and the ALP's election strategy is in tatters, less than one year out.

There was no hint whatsoever that Campbell was feeling under pressure during his performance in question time yesterday afternoon.

He took several questions from the Opposition including one on his response to the F3 fiasco.

The news was obviously sprung on him - and therefore his colleagues - very late in the day.

The suddenness of his resignation was written all over the faces of his shell-shocked ministerial colleagues as they conferred in crisis outside the Premier's office.

It was also apparent in Keneally's decision not to face the media last night, following a meeting with senior colleagues and advisers that ran for several hours.

Today, however, is a different story and there will be demands on Keneally to answer questions.

If there is an upside to the timing, it is that Parliament now rises for a week.

That, at least, will offer Campbell and his presumably traumatised family some respite.

Sean Nicholls is the Sydney Morning Herald's state political editor.

75 comments

  • Just typical nonsense from camp Labor...first Orkopoulos, Della Bosca ,Paluzzano and now Campbell !
    How much more of this BS does the average NSW constituent have to bear ?
    I am just waiting with abated breath for Tripodi to stumble before Keneally can see what a bunch of useless,overpayed hacks are in her employ!

    Commenter
    Kate of Sydney
    Date and time
    May 21, 2010, 9:29AM
    • He certainly should resign, if he was lying to his wife and family about his being gay and he was quite prepared to lie to them how can you trust any decision or action he takes as a elected official.

      Commenter
      resign mate
      Date and time
      May 21, 2010, 9:32AM
      • ....I guess he's hanging on for a unfunded fully indexed pension

        Commenter
        Nice one Dave
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        May 21, 2010, 9:37AM
        • Of course he should have resigned, but not because of this "scandal", simply because he has been grossly incompetent in his portfolio.

          Commenter
          Frustrated
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          May 21, 2010, 9:47AM
          • Is he allowed to be gay? Yes. Is he allowed to use his government car to go to a gay club? Yes. Did he break any rules? No.

            Is his sexuality any of our business? No. Is his marriage or family life any of our business? No.

            resign mate: "how can you trust any decision or action he takes as a elected official." What? You think politicians don't lie anyway? This makes a difference somehow?

            Kate of Sydney: "useless,overpayed hacks" is a pretty good description of the media who are beating up this issue.

            Commenter
            Phil H
            Location
            Ultimo
            Date and time
            May 21, 2010, 9:47AM
            • Everyone know that she was intended as a pretty little distraction whilst Tripodi and obied found a more suitable boy puppet.
              This was always a hospital pass.

              Commenter
              Grant
              Location
              Liverpool
              Date and time
              May 21, 2010, 9:48AM
              • While I can't stand the NSW Labor party this really is a personal matter. The only issue I have with it is that he used his government car to get to this place. These people think they are above the people that vote them into these cushy jobs. It's not right he should have totally resigned from the government and the parliament.

                Commenter
                Daniel
                Location
                Sydney
                Date and time
                May 21, 2010, 9:51AM
                • I was driving to work listening to 702 Mornings and the channel 7 news director being interviewed by Deborah Cameron. His justifications for outing David Campbell had absolutely no substance at all. The fact is that many, many married men lead double lives with regard to having sex with other men. This does not mean that these men can't love their wives and children. It is and should remain a private matter between them and their families and not for news service to gain ratings from . The real victims here are the many men who have to lead their lives in this way. Yes, their families are also victims. But this is no different to other persons carry on extra marrital affairs. This is gay bashing at its worse!

                  Commenter
                  Patrick
                  Location
                  Balmain
                  Date and time
                  May 21, 2010, 9:51AM
                  • I think the question New South Welshmen need to ask is - who would you rather be looking at for the next term, Barry O'Farrell or Kristina Keneally?

                    Q.E.D.

                    Commenter
                    Bertran de Born
                    Date and time
                    May 21, 2010, 9:52AM
                    • @Kate
                      Last time I looked it was not illegal for people to engage in same sex relationships of any sort. But you have managed to conflate a convicted paedophile and an MP who broke the rules on accountability of electorate spending with two people whose private behaviour has nothing to do with their public office. I'm sure the Libs will give you a guernsey for that one.

                      @ resign_mate What Campbell told or didn't tell his family has nothing to do with anyone, least of all the media.

                      @ Nice one Dave Look forward to seeing you stand for Parliament so I can vote against you and deny you the pension you obviously envy.

                      Commenter
                      media are shills
                      Date and time
                      May 21, 2010, 9:52AM

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