On Maxine McKew ALP – best person they ever had and she got knifed. They wanted her to play dirty and she refused.
Maxine McKew is a very gutsy ladyand acted with the highest level of integrity and honesty. Maxine did great justice to the seat of and the people of Bennelong and a very worths successor to that seat held by John Howard.
I hold the view that the reason why Labor lost the seat is because Maxine refused to engage in dirty politics and she was dumped. So the people of Bennelong dumped labor. Serves them right.
From her website:
Maxine McKew is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and works as an advisor on education for the not for profit group Social Ventures Australia. She is also Chair of Playgroup Australia and a member of the board of Per Capita.
Maxine’s career spans both politics and journalism.
At the 2007 federal election Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a Prime Minister in his constituency seat.
She was immediately elevated to the executive and served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, and later as Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government.
Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirty year career as a broadcast and print journalist.
Her hosting of Lateline in the mid 1990’s, and later, as the part-time anchor of The 7.30 Report, earned her a reputation as one of the country’s most authoritative interviewers.
Her television reporting has been recognized by her peers with both Logie and Walkely awards for broadcast excellence, while her work for the Bulletin Magazine saw her secure the Magazine Publisher’s award for Columnist of the Year.
Maxine is involved in a range of voluntary activities. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Macquarie University’s School of Advanced Medicine and is an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia.