Australian Story - The Candidate
The wave that carried Kevin Rudd to victory last year left behind one of Labor's most conspicuous candidates. Nicole Cornes, former newspaper columnist, is married to an AFL legend. To the Labor party, she looked like an ideal candidate to challenge the Adelaide seat of Boothby in last year's federal election. But after a failed first press conference – for which the Labor Party admits she was woefully under prepared – she became an object of national ridicule. Pilloried in the media and fighting constant negative headlines, she pushed on in a daunting campaign to convince a dubious electorate. In this Australian Story, Nicole Cornes reveals, for the first time, a harrowing saga which was playing out behind the scenes of her very public humiliation.
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