But the incoming Deputy Prime Minister once had his own career-threatening scandal to overcome.
In 1993, the 53-year-old was editor of daily NSW newspaper, The Daily Advertiser. (His appointment in 1991 at age 27, made him the youngest daily newspaper editor in Australian history at the time.) It was in this position that he chose to write a homophobic editorial blaming homosexuals for the spread of AIDS and criticising gay pride marches.
Michael McCormack was chosen as leader, but first someone suprising put their hat in the ring. Post continues.
“A week never goes by anymore that homosexuals and their sordid behaviour don’t become further entrenched in society,” he opened the article.
“Unfortunately, gays are here and, if the disease their unnatural acts helped spread doesn’t wipe out humanity, they’re here to stay.”