Daily Mail: The ex-girlfriend of a highly-respected Liberal minister has lost her job as an adviser to Malcolm Turnbull after she revealed the sordid texts he sent to a fellow MP.
Caitlin Keage exposed the sexting scandal last month, sharing an exchange between NSW Innovation Minister Matt Kean and Liberal backbencher Eleni Petinos.
Mr Kean texted Ms Petinos at around 10pm on December 27, saying he was ‘tempted to drive down to see’ her, before adding: ‘Really need to f*** you.’
Mr Kean’s boss, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, previously said she would not be sacking him over the scandal.
‘What I’ve read this morning is extremely disappointing,’ the premier said at the time.
‘I’m personally disappointed in him and have told him so, but it is nonetheless a personal matter.’
Heard that before?
After the outburst from Michaelia Cash last week. it seems that, in practice, Turnbull’s bonking ban is only being applied to female staff members.
Jilted lover Caitlin Keage went public with some indiscreet texts from NSW Innovation Minister Matt Kean to parliamentary colleague MP Eleni Petinos.
Ms Keage who was in a relationship with Kean, was understandably upset at the content of the texts.
We can only speculate on the nature of the relationship between Kean and Petinos. But the texts make Matt’s intentions fairly clear.
This situation raises some very interesting questions.
Is it important that this is a senior state Liberal politician in a relationship ( presumably involving sexual relations) with a Federal Liberal staff member and this is just what Malcolm Turnbull’s bonking ban was designed to stamp out.
Problem is, he is a minister in the New South Wales Parliament and she is a staffer in the the PM’s office.
There is nothing to suggest that this relationship was not a consensual one.
So it be that one of Caitlin Keage’s unfortunate indiscretions was exposing Matt Kean and Eleni Petinos.
What she has done is continue the unfortunate spectacle of the ongoing spectacle of the Canberra bonkfest.
Most unforgivably, at a time when Michaelia Cash was trying to sheet this home to Bill Shorten’s office, the focus has swung to the PM’s office.
Malcolm Turnbull has wound up with egg all over his face.
Caitlin Keage has made both Malcolm Turnbull and Gladys Berejiklian look like a couple of right hypocrites.
This affair will leave the credibility of his bonking ban in tatters.
Now in fairness to Turnbull, who is a lawyer, the bonking ban was not meant to
1) cross interstate boundaries
2) cover sexual relationships between MPs
3) cover sexual relationships between ministers of the Crown and backbenchers,
All of which I’m sure that Turnbull will be at pains to point out in his next press conference.
Expect a few homilies from Tony Abbott on “moral leadership.”