NSW Premier Keneally left the question of propriety in publishing hanging:
“I do think it’s a matter for debate whether or not a person’s sexuality is of relevance to their role as a minister or their role as a member of Parliament.”Deputy Federal Opposition Leader Julie Bishop on The Insiders surprisingly was prepared to accept virtually any media intrusion:
BARRIE CASSIDY: How do you feel about the way the media handled it?
JULIE BISHOP: Well that's a matter for the media to judge. I think that politicians know that they are fair game. We know that going into politics means that you don't have any private life and so the media is doing its job. But it's a sorry incident in Australian politics.
"Broadly, I'd say .. the answer is yes. When politicians stand for election they say, in effect, "Here I am; this is what I stand for; these are my values - vote for me." Therefore, if the truth is revealed to be something other than the intended projection, and if that truth is known to the highest echelons of those who govern us, but is kept secret from us, then the public is entitled to know it, too.
"It doesn't seem to be true that it holds for David Campbell, who ... has done nothing more than be truthful about the fact that he has a family," he said. "I mean, you might think that using one's family to promote a political career has all sorts of problems. "But as far as I know, David Campbell is married, he does have a family and he has indicated that in his Christmas card because that is part of who he is. "I mean he is obviously a complex person. But to say that he has engaged in some kind of gross act of political hypocrisy is to make too great a statement in relation to this particular case."On the rules that apply, the Seven Network is a member of the industry body Free TV Australia. The 2010 Code of Practice forms part of a regulatory framework that operates under the Broadcasting Services Act and comes within the purview of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The Code states:
In broadcasting news and current affairs programs, licensees:
4.3.5 must not use material relating to a person’s personal or private affairs, or which invades an individual’s privacy, other than where there is an identifiable public interest reason for the material to be broadcast.
''If it's someone's private life and it does not impact on his job or potentially impact on his job, it's a private life, but if it impacts on his portfolio or potentially on the execution of his duties, I think it's a matter of public interest.''