Con­stant threats of a his­tory rewrit­ten

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - SHARRI MARKSON

KRISTINA Ke­neally has worked hard to van­ish from the his­tory books the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions be­hind her rise to NSW pre­mier.

Much like Ju­lia Gil­lard’s path to the prime min­is­ter­ship, it is be­yond dis­pute Ke­neally was in­stalled in the role by fac­tional war­lords in a des­per­ate at­tempt to stop La­bor bleed­ing at the 2011 state elec­tion.

It failed abysmally and Ke­neally led La­bor to an em­bar­rass­ingly size­able de­feat with vot­ers’ re­spond­ing sav­agely to her time as pre­mier in favour of a new era un­der Lib­eral leader Barry O’Far­rell.

It is a mat­ter of record Ke­neally be­came pre­mier with the sup­port of a no­to­ri­ous trio: the now-jailed Ed­die Obeid and Ian Macdon­ald, and the cor­rupt Joe Tripodi.

Yet in the in­ter­ven­ing years, Ke­neally has sought to re­write his­tory by com­ing down hard on those who linked her to Obeid.

La­bor sen­a­tor Sam Dast­yari re­tracted com­ments he made in Kate McC­ly­mont’s book that Ke­neally had an es­pe­cially close re­la­tion­ship with Obeid.

She com­plained to ALP fig­ures there was a “le­gal is­sue” aris­ing from the remarks and she de­manded an ur­gent meet­ing with Dast­yari.

Less than a month later, he rose in the Se­nate to “apol­o­gise un­re­servedly” for “wrongly leav­ing the im­pres­sion that Kristina’s re­la­tion­ship with Mr Ed­die Obeid was any­thing other than the nor­mal in­ter­ac­tion be­tween a party leader and a back­bench MP”.

And when Mark Latham called Ke­neally an “Obeid pro­tege” on Sky News, she threat­ened him and her em­ployer with a law­suit.

The in­tri­ca­cies of her re­la­tion­ship with Obeid will be freshly scru­ti­nised as she reen­ters the po­lit­i­cal arena.

As seems con­stant in Aus­tralian pol­i­tics these days, you couldn’t dream up the twists and turns that shapes the make up of our fed­eral Par­lia­ment.

The bizarre re­al­ity is an Aussie ten­nis cham­pion could lose his seat for un­wit­tingly hold­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship to a Las Ve­gas-born fac­tional hack with an Amer­i­can twang.

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