The past 10 years have been tough as a senior woman, Ms Credlin said, as she named confidence as a major hurdle facing young women.
“If you’re a cabinet minister or a journalist and you’re intimidated by the chief of staff to the prime minister, maybe you don’t deserve your job”, she said.
Columnist for The Australian Niki Savva, whom Ms Credlin demanded be sacked for her criticisms of her, might paraphrase that differently.
Credlin also disposed of any assumption she was to pursue a career as a Federal MP.
Credlin seemed like a woman who is OK.
Her contribution to Tony Abbott’s rise and fall was salient incompetence at the worst possible occasions.
Mr Robert told ABC television he got on well with Ms Credlin, but they sometimes fought.
There was something rather calming about watching Peta Credlin speak at the AWW Women of the Future event last night.
And she was not aware of the plans to challenge for the leadership last week. She replied that it was not the whole story, but it was part of the story-and she was correct.
In a previous defence of his chief-of-staff, Abbott wondered if the attacks on her would have been as vicious if she were a “Peter”, instead of a “Peta”. He was in charge and it would be unfair to blame an underling. Credlin can attest to that: she’s now experienced it from both ends.
New Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, who backed Mr Turnbull in the coup, was asked about her remarks on Wednesday.
Case-in-point: Kevin Rudd. They all played a part.
And last night Credlin expanded on this theory, saying: “If I was a guy, I wouldn’t be bossy, I’d be strong”.
“You will want to have women like me in politics”.
‘She ofcourse is not an elected member but I think she will go on to bigger and brighter things’.
The trouble with that is not all her critics were men.
This formerly-mysterious political backroom player has a reassuring voice – which didn’t waver as she described what a tough couple of weeks she’s had, and how her friends outside politics had propped her up emotionally. She does not deserve being blamed for a prime minister losing office in his first term at the hands of his own party. “Be under no doubts I gave as good as I got”, Mr Robert said.