Tanya Plibersek’s husband hopes his wife will become prime minister in a comprehensive interview
Tanya Plibersek’s husband has revealed that he would love to see his wife as prime minister as the couple is candid about their relationship and love at first sight.
The Secretary of the NSW Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Coutts-Trotter said there was no better candidate fit for the top position in the Parliament building.
‘Would I like her to become prime minister someday? Yes,’ he told The Good Weekend.
‘I think Tanya is extraordinary. She’s the smartest person I know, and has the soundest judgment. She’s the real deal. So I’d love to see her end up in The Lodge.’
His glowing reference came when Mr. Coutts-Trotter and Mrs. Plibersek submitted their relationship after being married for 21 years and sharing three children.
The pair revealed their first impressions of each other, the moment they fell in love and the first date when Mr. Coutts-Trotter became clear about his drug dealing past.
Tanya Plibersek’s husband (pictured, Michael Coutts-Trotter) has revealed he’d love to see his wife prime minister if the couple opens up about their relationship and love at first sight
His glowing reference came when Mr Coutts-Trotter and Mrs Plibersek submitted their relationship after being married for 21 years and sharing three children (pictured, now aged 20, 16 and 11)
“The whole story came out that night,” Ms. Plibersek said.
Not only about his prison sentence, but also about his drug addiction. He attended three Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week at the time.”
Coutts-Trotter was jailed in 1984 for conspiring to import heroin from Thailand after becoming addicted to the drug as a teenager. He served three years.
He was 24 years old when he met a 20-year-old Mrs. Plibersek in college.
The couple had their first date at a Thai restaurant on Oxford Street.
Coutts-Trotter revealed that he wanted Ms Plibersek to know about his troubled past from the start.
His honesty paid off when the couple revealed that they instantly fell in love that night.
Mr. Coutts-Trotter was instantly smitten by the ‘beautiful and super smart’ Mrs. Plibersek.
Ms Plibersek described her husband as “funny” and said she was never afraid that he would relapse because of his disciplined nature.
The couple admitted they argued and that Ms. Plibersek even tried to get out of the car on Anzac Bridge during a heated debate over electricity privatization.
Although the couple is completely open with each other, they respect their boundaries when it comes to work.
Ms. Plibersek revealed that there are some aspects of their office life that they cannot share.
‘Would I like her to become prime minister someday? Yes!’ Mr Coutts-Trotter said about his wife Mrs Plibersek
The pair revealed their first impressions of each other, the moment they fell in love and the first date when Mr Coutts-Trotter became clear about his drug trafficking pass
Mr Coutts-Trotter has risen to become one of the most respected civil servants in the country.
The former head of the Department of Communities and Justice was appointed Secretary of the NSW Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in October.
Under his new role in the state’s most prestigious department, he is tasked with implementing the government’s signature policies and providing specialist policy and procedural advice to the Prime Minister and his ministers.
Mr. Coutts-Trotter was sent on a scholarship to St Ignatius College in Riverview to be taught by the Jesuits, but he was unable to fit in with any group.
“There were a few things in my life that made me stand out a bit,” he said. “I was just a decent-sounding English kid trying to fit in, but I couldn’t.”
All teens need some kind of friendship group and he found the wrong one.
“I started fitting in with kids who felt pretty marginalized and those were the kids who drank, smoked and stole things,” he said.
He drank a lot and started smoking marijuana as soon as he could. “In the modern language I self-medicated.”
The pair admitted they argued and that Ms Plibersek even tried to get out of the car on Anzac Bridge during a heated debate over electricity privatization
The former head of the Department of Communities and Justice was appointed Secretary of the NSW Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in October
He was only 16 years and 9 months old at the end of grade 12, left home not long after and soon started injecting drugs with new friends.
While Mr. Coutts-Trotter initially found some solace in heroin, it eventually took over his life. He funded his habit by providing the drug.
“I was on two and a half, three grams of heroin a day plus a lot of other uppers and downs, but heroin was my drug of choice,” he said.
Coutts-Trotter decided to go from petty dealer to drug smuggler when he became involved in a plan to import half a kilogram of heroin from Thailand.
A joint Commonwealth-NSW police task force was aware of his plans and he was followed from the Redfern Mail Exchange to a private hotel on Elizabeth Street near the central station.
A dozen police officers arrested the 19-year-old who was carrying about 100 grams of the drug, part of a planned half-kilogram haul.
By the time Mr. Coutts-Trotter was convicted at age 21, he was drug-free, working for a public relations firm and had reconnected with his family. (Pictured circa 1985 in rehab)
After four to six weeks in police custody, Mr. Coutts-Trotter was released on bail at the Salvation Army’s William Booth facility in Surry Hills and then admitted to Miracle Haven Rehabilitation Center (pictured)
At his arrest, Mr Coutts-Trotter, who is 193cm tall, weighed just 50kg.
Coutts-Trotter admitted to conspiring to import a banned drug and was sent back to Long Bay.
After four to six weeks, he was released on bail at the Salvation Army’s William Booth facility in Surry Hills and then admitted to Miracle Haven Rehabilitation Center on the Central Coast.
That place actually “had a good name,” and Mr. Coutts-Trotter spent over a year on their drug addiction program.
Ms Plibersek had previously told the Daily Mail Australia that she accepted that people would always be interested in her husband’s criminal past, but broadcasting ‘ancient history’ publicly can be hard on their families.
“It’s always a little embarrassing and personal when these things are in the paper,” she said. “It’s a bit naked and I’m concerned about how it affects my kids.”
“I think the real difficulty with this story is talking to your kids about their father being in prison.”