Jul 11, 2013

The ‘first lady/bloke’ dilemma: to work or not to work?

Should Labor win the election, Therese Rein may face pressure to dump her Australian business. Governance expert Stephen Bartos asks if 'first lady' is a full-time job -- or is it time to let prime ministerial partners live their own lives?

Should Kevin Rudd be re-elected prime minister by voters, would his wife, successful businesswoman Therese Rein, sell her Australian business interests? A survey of practices around the world shows she may be forced to — but the time may have come for a trailblazing prime ministerial partner to hold firm.

Last time Rudd was prime minister, Rein sold the Australian arm of her company Ingeus to avoid any perceptions of conflict of interest (Crikey reviewed Rein’s business past earlier this week). Prior to the sale Ingeus was one of the largest providers of employment services under the government’s Job Network program.

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One thought on “The ‘first lady/bloke’ dilemma: to work or not to work?

  1. Gratton Wilson

    If Abbott became Prime Minister should Margie resign her position because the parents of her clients may be employed by the Government and therefore there may be a conflict of interest or insider trading or some other of benefit that I haven’t thought of yet.

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