Cheryl Kernot, former school teacher, enters Senate as Democrat representative
Elected leader of the Australian Democrats.
Secret relationship with then Foreign Minister Gareth Evans begins.
Kernot Quits Democrats to join Labor. Welcomed with open arms. "You've
just made me Prime Minister," quips Labor leader Beazley. Kernot
touted as a future Australian Prime Minister.
when details of "loving and meaningful" relationship with
a former student while she was married and teaching at a Sydney private
Kernot threatens to leave politics.
Liberal MP, Don Randall, delivers Parliamentary speech about Kernot
and her relationship with Gareth Evans. Accuses Kernot of having "the
morals of an alley cat on heat". He is forced to apologise.
Senator Gareth Evans denies in Parliament suggestions of a relationship
between himself and Ms Kernot.
Kernot just holds on to seat of Dickson but manages a few tantrums.
Gareth Evans resigns from Australian Parliament
Kernot can't take the heat and switches to employment portfolio
with Evans ends some time in October.
Kernot takes three months leave. Enters hospital suffering from what
she called immune system breakdown caused by emotional and physical
Evans sends Kernot an email admitting one of the reasons he ended the
affair was his guilt at having lied to Parliament.
Kernot wears red wig to foil media.
Evans assumes role of President/Chief Executive of the International
Evans receives Order of Australia
Kernot loses seat of Dickson.
Kernot launches autobiography with a blaze of publicity blaming her
political ruin on the media and Beazley.
Leading journalists speculate about the "big secret" left
out of the book. Leaked email surfaces.
Everyone hides. Politicians suggest media mind their own business. Media
suggest frustrated politicians cheating on partners better look out.
Evans issues short statement confirming affair and apologising for misleading
Parliament. Crisis management was never easier.