Premier Kristina Keneally has added her voice to the numbers of people concerned over Channel 7’s decision to out former NSW Transport Minister David Campbell.
Addressing journalists this morning, Keneally labelled the handling of the story “disappointing”, stating that her thoughts remained with Campbell’s family.
“This is a very human tragedy, it brings with it some very human emotions,” she said.
“David made the right decision for him and his family. Clearly he needs this time for himself and his family to work through what is a difficult period.”
Campbell chose to resign last night, after Channel 7 news made the decision to public out him, by airing images of the 53-year-old entering the sex-on-premises venue Ken’s of Kensington.
Channel 7 news alleged that Campbell’s decision to drive to the venue in a state car was inappropriate, but as Keneally explained today, many ministers use their cars to conduct personal business.
Campbell may have shown “poor judgement” in doing so Keneally said, but re-iterated that no rules had been broken.
“He has been living with this secret about his sexuality for over two decades. I don’t think any of us can imagine what that must be like.
“It is appalling that he kept this secret, and that we live in a society where he felt he had to keep it secret.”
Campbell’s resignation, has led to a frontbench re-shuffle.
John Robertson is set to become Transport Minister, while David Borger will take on the roads portfolio.

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